Just so you know Steamer, I checked with 30 mariners. 15 from the GOM, 5 from the West Coast,and 10 from the East Coast. NONE of them had heard of MERPAC. Some were bluewater, some were tugz and some were oilfield. I also looked at the members with Linkedin and other "sources". MOST are in the office as managers. I think I know who you are now and you were not what I consider a manager.
I knew about MERPAC and other committees for years and tried to get on them but never got so much as a response one way or another for the past 8 years even though I filled out and submitted the proper papaerwork. If you want to have further discussions online in private, cool. Personally I would rather talk on the phone, let me know.
If you or any other member of the committee did not like my comments, I apologize. I do investigation as best as I can and call it as I see it. I was an E-8 in the military (USCG, smash me if you feel necessary, I am a big boy.) I call them as I see them. - Senior