Five Texas A&M University at Galveston Midshipmen were commissioned as Ensigns in the United States Navy at a ceremony Friday.
Ensign Barrett Adams, United States Naval Reserves, will sail as a deck officer in the United States Merchant Marines. Ensign Adams is originally from South Carolina.
Ensign Kyle Gleghorn, United States Navy, will upon graduation join the Surface Navy. He will sail on the USS Defender, a Mine-Counter Measures Ship based out of Sasebo, Japan. Ensign Gleghorn is from Tivoli, Texas.
Ensign Chris Judice, United States Naval Reserves, hopes to sail commercially as a licensed third assistant engineer. Though originally from Boynton Beach, Florida, Ensign Judice graduated high school in Austin, Texas.
Ensign Sam Pettigrew, United States Naval Reserves, hopes to sail in the United States Merchant Marines. He is originally from Austin, Texas.
Ensign Logan Sullivan, United States Navy, will report to Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Florida following commissioning. He is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The keynote address was delivered by Captain Nori Ann Reed, U.S. Navy retired. Nori Ann Reed had the honor and pleasure to be the first woman to command three U.S. Navy ships, USS Detroit (AOE 4), USS Kiska (AE 35), and USS Willamette (AO 180). She was commissioned as an officer in the Navy in 1978. While it was not possible for women to serve at sea when Nori Ann first entered the Navy, that eventually changed. Always seeking the road less traveled, she was accepted into the Navy’s “Women at Sea” program in 1979. She was able to spend most of her 30 year career at sea, serving on three other logistics ships: USS Platte (AO 186), USS Yellowstone (AS 41) and USS Fulton (AS 11). Additionally, with her specialization in logistics, she also commanded the entire Navy’s logistics forces in the Navy’s Central Command, including ships, aircraft, air and port facilities throughout the Middle East and Africa. She served in numerous other commands, including on The Joint Staff in the Pentagon, where she dealt with numerous humanitarian crises throughout the globe. Nori Ann recently retired from the Navy and is currently working in the nonprofit industry.