Continuing with our profiles of the class of 2002, Joseph Willis recently checked in.

After graduation, I started sailing with AMO, as 3rd Assistant on the USNS Soderman. I broke her out of the yard in Nassco so I am an official plank owner on that ship.  I sailed 3rd and 2nd Assistant on her for about 4 years.  I then switched over to the commercial side of Maersk and worked on slow speed diesels for about 4 years doing the containership thing as 3rd and 2nd Assistant.  April of 2009 I was offered my first 1st Assistant job on the USNS Watkins, back on the Gas Turbine LMSRs.  Now I am the 1st Assistant on the USNS Watson, another Gas Turbine LMSR.  I received my Chief Engineers License in 2010, but right now am totally satisfied as first assistant.  It’s a great job.  Right now we are in Drydock in Bayonne, NJ.

At home, I married Stephanie in July 2004.  We are big into cycling and rode our bikes with a group from Bar Harbor, ME to Niagara Fallas, NY (932 mi).  We will be riding around New Mexico when I get home in May approx 700 mi. 

We welcomed our first child, Kathryn Scholten Willis on August 10, 2011.  She is doing well starting to crawl around and starting to talk a little.

Joe also got promoted to Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve, and is hoping that if his ship is still stateside in September he’ll be able to make the trip to NY for Homecoming.

We’d like to profile the entire class in the months leading up to the reunion, in order to give everyone a chance to see what we’ve all been up to. If your interested please send us an email letting us know what adventures you’ve been on, and where life has taken you over the past decade. or head to the Vessel Registry to provide us your contact information and we’ll reach out to you. Include some pictures or video. We look forward to hearing from all of you!