Posted: Friday, 24 April 2015

The CMTS held a second Military to Mariner Federal Workshop on April 24, 2015, at DOT Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Workshop participants included senior officials from the Department of Transportation, Department of Defense, Department of Labor, Maritime Administration, Military Sealift Command, U.S. Transportation Command, U.S. Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Navy.

Maritime Administrator Jaenichen Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Administrator, Maritime Administration, and John Thackrah, Executive Director, Military Sealift Command, opened the proceedings, citing the importance of this Federal initiative as part of the solution to our nation’s continuing need for qualified seafarers to support our economy and national defense.

Following a brief report on recent legislative changes and a review of the challenges and opportunities identified in the first CMTS Military to Mariner Federal Roundtable, Department of Labor Veterans Education and Training Service (VETS) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Teresa “Terry” Gerton provided an overview of VETS programs and services. Ms. Gerton’s presentation is available for viewing here.

John Schwartz, the Transportation Security Administration’s Maritime Program Director for the Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC), presented an overview of the TWIC program. Click here to view Mr. Schwartz’s presentation.

The CMTS Military to Mariner Federal Workshop discussion focused on identifying Federal actions to be taken to facilitate the transition of sea service veterans to the U.S. Merchant Marines.

The CMTS is a Federal interagency coordinating committee directed by Congress and charter to improve the coordination of and make recommendations with regard to Federal policies that impact the MTS.