DHS alumnus graduates from Naval Academy

Ensign Gene A. Krampen recently graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He is the son of Dale Krampen of North Collins and Yolanda Vargas, former resident of the city of Dunkirk and current resident of Spring Hill, Fla.

Krampen successfully completed four years of intensive academic, physical and professional training, resulting in a B.S. with a major in history. Following graduation and leave, Krampen will proceed to Pensacola, Fla., for six weeks of Aviation Preflight Indoctrination. Upon completion of that, he will embark on primary training as a naval flight officer. After those two phases of training, he will go on to Advance Flight Training. The location of that will be dependent on the type of aircraft to which he is assigned. The entire program is 12 to 15 months long.

After graduation from Dunkirk High School, Krampen was offered and accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I. The Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport offers a 10-month course of preparatory instruction for candidates selected by the Naval Academy’s Admissions committee. The course work emphasizes English, mathematics, chemistry and physics education within a rigorous military atmosphere. Information technology coursework is tailored to prepare students for the computer skills required to succeed at NAPS and the Naval Academy. Varsity athletic programs include baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, wrestling and track and field. Students spend 18 hours per work in class with mandatory study hours and supplemental tutoring available.

Upon completion of the 10-month course at NAPS, Krampen was offered an accepted appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 2009 as a member of the Class of 2013.

Considered one of the top educational institutions in the country, the U.S. Naval Academy was founded in 1845 and has graduated more than 70,000 men and woman as Naval and Marine Corps officers. Its graduates include 4,000 admirals and generals, one president, 200 members of Congress, three governors, 73 medal of Honor winners, one Nobel Prize winner, and 40 astronauts.