Commander, Submarine Group Two


USS Memphis CO Visits Alma Mater

CHICAGO (NNS) -- USS Memphis' (SSN 691) commanding officer visited his alma mater, University of Illinois, to mentor future naval officers enrolled in the university's Naval Officer Reserve Training Corps, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2.

Cmdr. Jeffrey A. Joseph, a native Midwesterner, grew up in Peoria, Ill. and St. Louis, Mo. He earned his degree in nuclear engineering at the University of Illinois.

"As an alumnus of the University of Illinois and the NROTC Battalion it was an extraordinary experience to be able to address the midshipmen.In the years that have passed since I sat in those seats, there have been remarkable changes in the world and in the Navy," said Joseph. "Equally remarkable however, is the enthusiasm, dedication, and patriotism those future leaders share with my generation and all those that have preceded them."

In addition to Joseph, other alumni who attended the university include the astronaut Steven Nagel and the actor Gene Hackman.

During the three-day visit, two other Sailors, USS Memphis Chief of the Boat, Master Chief Machinist's Mate Tom Wright and Lt. j.g. Judd Lorson, also participated in the university visit.

"Participating in a visit to the University of Illinois' NROTC unit is a great opportunity to mentor future naval officers," said Lorson.

After the deactivation of Memphis, Lorson will be assigned to USS Toledo (SSN 769); Wright will be assigned to USS Missouri (SSN 780) and Joseph will be assigned to USS Nebraska (Gold) (SSBN 739).

In October of this year, the commanding officer and several crew members participated in a final namesake visit. Memphis was commissioned Dec. 17, 1977 and is the Navy's fourth Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarine and sixth vessel named in honor of the city of Memphis.

Memphis arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine April 7 to complete the process of being retired from the fleet.