Good morning, Followers -
When your family is getting ready to host a birthday party or a holiday celebration, do you offer to do a few extra chores? When your class is preparing to welcome guests for an Open House or a performance, do you work with your teacher and classmates to get the room clean and organized? Something very similar is happening aboard the TS Kennedy this week.
On Saturday afternoon, we will welcome special guests to the TS Kennedy for a reception on the Helo Deck. We are looking forward to welcoming alumni, generous supporters of the Academy, and current and former faculty and staff members. Admiral Francis McDonald and Captain Elizabeth Stevenson will be joining us too. Parents who live in Florida or are vacationing in the area will also attend.
Cadets and crew are scrubbing, scraping, and painting - determined to make sure that our old ship looks as clean and welcoming as possible. Chartwells is getting ready to work their culinary magic.
Throughout Sea Term 2019, I have received several emails asking about my pets. Followers want to know if I have a cat, a dog, or both. Let me begin by saying that everyone in the Campbell family is an animal lover. Back home in Narragansett, Rhode Island, animals out number people. For starters, we have four boxers. Their names are Captain Jack, The Black Pearl, Captain Will, and Flying Dutchman. That’s right, I’m not the only Captain in the house.
Our family also owns a rabbit, a hedgehog, a bearded dragon, a leopard gecko, a frog, a chameleon, a tortoise, and a beta fish. After being away for almost six weeks, I may have forgotten one of our pets. There is also a chance that one or two new members have been added to our animal family. My wife operates a business called, Joyce’s Jungle that educates and excites children about animals.
Many cadets and crew members are talking about the harsh winter weather that their families are dealing with back home. Some of our followers may be enjoying a snow day. Here on the TS Kennedy, we are savoring temperatures in the high 70s.
Stay warm! Thanks for supporting our cadets.
Captain Michael J. Campbell