Michael Fitzgerald attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy and during his studies there sailed onboard vessels operated by Liberty Maritime, Sea Star Lines, and the Military Sealift Command. In 2011 he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Engineering and a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine License as a Third Assistant Engineer’s License. Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy. He served as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard the USS Vicksburg (CG 69). Michael completed the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Training Program and was assigned to the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). Onboard the Bush he qualified as a Propulsion Plant Watch Officer and served as a Reactor Propulsion Division Officer. He then served a tour in the Military Sealift Command’s Operation Directorate.
After leaving active duty, Michael accepted an engineering position at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD). In his position, he supports the Department of Defense’s strategic sealift requirements through overseeing maintenance and repair of two classes of ships belonging to the Ready Reserve Force. He is additionally responsible for the fleet’s water chemistry program and developing cybersecurity policies for all the vessels operated by MARAD.
Michael’s awards from his time in the Navy include three Navy Achievement Medals and various campaign awards. He has an article slated for publication in the September 2017 issue of Naval Engineer’s Journal on Nuclear Powered Icebreakers and is currently writing a chapter for the Fourth Edition of Marine Engineering, published by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.