USTRANSCOM Commander Salutes Wounded Warrior Anglers, Merchant Mariners

 

June 2015

 

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Gen. Selva and the head of the U.S. Maritime Administration recently toured the SIU-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education

 

Check out photos from the tour HERE

 

As kickoffs go, this one will be tough to top.

 

On the eve of the third annual Seafarers Waterfront Classic, U.S. Transportation Command Commander Gen. Paul Selva and Maritime Administrator Chip Jaenichen addressed a packed auditorium at the SIU-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education (PHC) in Piney Point, Maryland. They handed out plaques honoring the participation of Wounded Warrior Anglers of America in the tournament, and Selva also delivered an inspirational speech thanking SIU members for choosing “a great and noble profession.”

 

Selva and Jaenichen toured the PHC for more than two hours prior to the late-afternoon gathering in the auditorium May 4. They chatted with students at every stop along the way, and tried some hands-on simulator training. (Selva, a four-star general and commanding officer of the U.S. Transportation Command, was called back to the nation’s capital that evening and then nominated the following day as vice chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.)

 

SIU President Michael Sacco introduced Selva to the standing-room crowed, describing him as a leader “who has gone out of his way time and time again to speak out on behalf of our industry – and in particular, on behalf of the men and women of our merchant marine.”

 

After thanking the Wounded Warrior Anglers for their military service, the general focused his comments on the Seafarers and apprentices. “You are the future of this nation,” he stated. “The national defense and security of this nation will rest in your hands.”

 

Selva touched on the U.S. Merchant Marine’s centuries-long history of service and said he sees the same readiness in today’s mariners. “This nation depends on a healthy merchant marine to project American power at any point on the globe we choose,” he said. “With you, we are the strongest national on the planet. Without you, that strength would be called into question.”

 

Jaenichen mentioned his 30 years of service in the U.S. Navy and how it gives him great appreciation for the tournament. He also credited mariners for “dedication and sacrifice.”

 

Wounded Warrior Anglers President David Souders thanked the union and the school for the tournament. He said proceeds from the event helped the organization provide 811 veterans with therapy last year, which “would not have been possible without the Seafarers.”

 

Similarly, he said the organization’s growth (he and his wife founded it in 2010) “would not have been possible without all of you that are sitting in this room.” They have around 1,000 members, Souders noted.

 

SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker, the tournament’s founder and driving force, stated, “It is such a privilege to be part of this partnership.”

 

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