Although winter weather seems to have socked in many parts of America this week, the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, reports that a Kings Point pennant recently found its way to a place far colder than most of the United States.
On Monday, RADM Phillip Greene, Jr., Superintendent of the USMMA, received an email from RADM Mark Buzby, USN, Commander of the Military Sealift Command. Attached was the photo below of RADM Buzby posing in Antarctica with the KP pennant.
Admiral Buzby (Kings Point '79) writes:
"Just back from my travels to Antarctica to check on MSC piece of Operation DEEP FREEZE resupply mission. While there, I had the opportunity to visit the US base at the South Pole - Amundsen-Scott Station, and could not resist hoisting the KP pennant there. This is actually the pennant off JERRY LAND flown proudly for many years.
"Believe this is the first time the KP pennant has ever travelled there, and certainly at the lowest temperature it has ever flown (-10 deg F with -43 deg windchill!).
"Being a well-trained Mariner, I did not trust the scientist's position of the geographic Pole, and instead verified the true posit with my handheld GPS. Good fix."
Good fix, indeed! As the photo above shows, RADM Buzby and the Kings Point burgee were situated at a latitude of 90° south.
It is comforting to know that Kings Point grads like Admiral Buzby demonstrate the good training provided at the Academy throughout their careers. It's also comforting to know that USMMA alumni like the Admiral and others keep the Academy in their hearts.