By MIDN 3/C Haley CAMBRIDGE – The Boston NROTC Consortium is happy to welcome Lieutenant Monica Mondloch to the Battalion this semester. LT Mondloch comes aboard in Boston as the Fourth Class Advisor on the BU side of the river, joining us from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25, the Island Knights, stationed in Guam.
A native of Waukesha, Wisconsin, LT Mondloch has pursued aviation from the time she was in high school as a student pilot, which along with the events of 11 SEPT 2001 motivated her to seek an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. LT Mondloch commissioned from the Academy in 2007, graduating with a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering. After completing flight school and her time with an FRS squadron in Norfolk, LT Mondloch reported to HSC-25 in Guam, flying the MH-60S Knighthawk Helicopter. While with HSC-25 LT Mondloch made 2 WESTPAC deployments: one detachment aboard USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6) performing SAR operations and Marine tactical support, and one detachment aboard a USNS ammunition resupply vessel in support of the GEORGE WASHINGTON Strike Group, serving as the Operations Officer for both detachments.
LT Mondloch also had the opportunity to deploy on a weeklong detachment to the island of Tinian in tactical support of Marines and performing local Search and Rescue operations. Her crews were also responsible for saving 8 lives from the rough seas around Guam. LT Mondloch remarked that “it was great to get a chance to directly apply your training and make a huge difference saving lives at the same time.”
LT Mondloch is currently pursuing studies at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. She is very excited to get to work with the new 4/c in BU Company and to monitor the Future Female Officers Club. LT Mondloch is also looking forward to pursuing her passions of sailing and skiing here in Boston, both of which she was involved with competitively at the Naval Academy. In addition, LT Mondloch enjoys scuba diving, hiking, and playing the violin in her spare time. The Battalion is honored to work with LT Mondloch, and is looking forward to learning from her incredible experiences in the fleet.
The Boston NROTC Battalion is pleased to welcome aboard its new Executive Officer, CDR Brian Masterson, this semester. CDR Masterson, a Naval Aviator and P-3 Orion pilot, relieved CDR Jan Scislowicz over the summer. Originally from New Bedford, Mass, he grew up in South Florida. A trip to the Naval Academy at the age of eight convinced him that Annapolis was the place for him, and he graduated from the Academy in 1996. Flight school came next, and while like most prospective aviators, he came in with the need for speed, a desire to fly jets, he soon realized that flying alone was no fun. A generally outgoing and energetic individual, the Commander wanted to be in the air with people to fly with, and have a little fun along the way. So he chose the P-3, and never looked back.
His first tour was out of Brunswick, Maine, and included three deployments, to Sicily as part of the Kosovo conflict, and then to Iceland and Puerto Rico, and finally one that took him all over Europe and North Africa. Sicily, incidentally, was the Commanders favorite place he has been, and from someone who has literally traveled all around the globe, that is a good endorsement. Next, he taught NFO’s at flight school in Pensacola, and then moved on to the U.S.S. Carl Vinson as the TAO (Tactical Action Officer). After the Vinson, it was back to Brunswick for his Department Head tour, where he deployed to Japan, Europe, and the Persian Gulf, followed by a tour as the Maintenance Officer for the P-3, and later P-8, fleet in Norfolk. Finally, it was back to sea aboard the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower, as the CDC (Combat Direction Center) Officer, and then he arrived in Boston.
He also has some words of wisdom for the Midshipmen when they enter the fleet. “Nothing is forever, the good times won’t last, and the bad times won’t last. Try to find balance, in both your personal and professional life”. Also, with regards to leadership, he advises young Junior Officers to find the style of leadership that works for them, and to be relatable to their subordinates.
CAMBRIDGE–On Friday, September 25th, representatives from Navy, Army, and Air Force ROTC at MIT held a vigil in MIT’s Memorial Lobby in honor of military personnel who were taken as prisoners of war (POW) or who are listed as Missing in Action (MIA). The vigil began with a ceremony and remarks from MIDN 1/c Castaño, who emphasized the importance of continuing to remember and honor those service members who were taken as Prisoners of War or who have gone missing. MIDN 3/c Burns gave an invocation, asking for the strength necessary to become leaders in our nation’s military and for the protection of those in harm’s way. The ceremony concluded with a performance of Taps on the trumpet by MIDN 3/c Ladine. Then the vigil began, as MIDN 4/c Luerman began the first watch of the morning.
Throughout the day, Midshipmen and Cadets stood watch in Memorial Lobby. During their 30-minute shifts, they would walk back and forth in front of the flags of the armed services that were standing in the lobby. Each time, they would take exactly twenty-one steps and pause for twenty-one seconds in the middle and at either end, alluding to a twenty-one-gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary. There was also a midshipman supervisor present in the lobby to answer any questions that those passing by may have. MIDN 4/c Segler said she enjoyed participating in the vigil because she “was contributing to something that benefitted others. It gave value to more than just myself and the unit.”
Boston, Massachusetts–Wednesday morning, September 2, BU kicked off the 2015 fall semester with the first Leadership Lab. As at the start of every semester, we had several upperclass midshipmen and members of the company staff stand up and express their expectations from the Company and how they plan on accomplishing the goals that we set as an NROTC unit throughout the year. Speakers included Battalion Commanding Officer, Captain Benke, CPO MIDN 2/c Pat Lavin, and BU Company Commander, MIDN 1/c Conner Love, as well as MIDN 1/c Holcomb, Boston Consortium’s Battalion Commander.
Holcomb explained in terms of his plan for the fall, “My vision for this semester is to focus on ethical decision-making, open and efficient communication, and interaction with current Navy and Marine Corps personnel. Some of our new initiatives include conversations with Chiefs and NCOs, an emphasis on midshipman feedback through SITREPs and the Anymouse boxes, and understanding relevant situations that we may encounter in the fleet. These three aspects of our training will prepare the midshipmen of the Boston NROTC battalion to enter the fleet as capable junior officers and leaders.”
In addition, a few MIDN had a chance to speak about their experiences on their respective summer cruises, which included stories about swim quals off of a sub, watching flight ops on a carrier off the coast of Bahrain, and getting a chance to take control of a helicopter in Georgia. In our last segment we had the incoming 4/c introduce themselves to the company and explain why they joined the program and what they find valuable in serving their country. As a new class of freshmen arrives, upperclassmen take on higher leadership roles and are one step closer to commissioning as Naval Officers.
NEWPORT, Rhode Island–On August 24, a group of freshmen and sophomore Navy/Marine option midshipmen candidates arrived at Naval Base Newport in Rhode Island to begin their Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) New Student Orientation. The week’s mission was to introduce the group to the military in a way that would prepare them to handle the challenges of NROTC and college life. For most, the difficult and rigorous beginning of the week came as a bit of a shock. However, after a few days of classroom lessons and drill the incoming class began to come together and adjust in order to overcome the challenging experience.
MIDN 1/C Robert Conkey, the Commanding Officer of Orientation 2015, called the training a success. MIDN Conkey stated that “Over the course of one week, the incoming midshipmen gained basic knowledge of military service and learned what it means to be leader. Not only did they grow as individuals, but also as a class, and as members of the Navy and Marine Corps team.” This growth was especially exemplified toward the end of the week. On Thursday, August 27, each midshipman donned a full fire-fighting ensemble and fought a raging simulated shipboard fire in the Newport Naval Fire Trainer. On Friday the fourth class came together once again to successfully save the USS Buttercup, Newport’s floating damage control trainer, from sinking.
The week closed with an inspection and drill competition followed by a barbecue, at which the fourth class had the opportunity to speak to the upperclassmen at their respective schools. MIDN 4/C Shannon McCoy described orientation as “a great experience, one that challenged me personally and definitely brought our class together as a team.” Having completed their orientation training, the 4/c are prepared to integrate into the rest of the battalion in order to continue their training to become Naval Officers.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (NNS) — The ROTC programs of MIT commissioned 6 cadets and midshipman as officers in the US Navy and Army in the Kresge Auditorium on June 5th 2015.
Rear Admiral Paul Sohl, Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, Assistant Commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations, Naval Air Systems Command recognized the six Navy ROTC and recent graduates of MIT during a sharp ceremony festooned with the U.S Navy Northeast Band to honor the new officers of the Army and Navy ROTC as well as the Admiral. The new ensigns will go off to serve in the submarine, aviation and surface warfare communities. The Army gained a new officer into their cyber command.
The U.S Navy welcomed ENS Joanna K. Chen, ENS Connor A. Humber, ENS Stephen D. Johnson, ENS Erik O. Klatt and ENS Bridget E. McCoy. Cadet Andrea R. Dubin received her commission as a 2nd LT in the US Army. The sense of family tradition was strong as 4 of the 5 ensigns were given their oaths by family members—sisters, brothers and fathers.
RADML Sohl, a 1985 graduate of MIT with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, who went on to study for a Master’s of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautically Engineering from Stanford University, knew well the trials and tribulations that the 6 recent graduates endured. After designating as a naval aviator in 1988, he went on to command Naval Test Wing Pacific located in Point Mugu, California, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast located in Jacksonville, Florida, and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland.
From his own background of higher education he gave thanks to the new officers, and told them: “You leave here with the world in the palm of your hand, yet you are choosing a different path. You are choosing to open your hands to the world.” He told the six officers being commissioned to “Know your job…Know your people…Know yourself” and to “LEAD BOLDY!”
RADM Sohl went on to tell the officers to get in the arena, aptly alluding to Theodore Roosevelt’s ‘Man in the Arena’ speech and spoke of the gratitude due to the new officer’s families and friends. ENS Stephen D. Johnson remarked “I really appreciated RDLM Sohl’s comments and his call to us new officers. It was a great culmination to 4 years of hard work, and I am deeply grateful to the LTs, the unit staff and all the midshipmen I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”
The newly minted officers were happy to pose for pictures with each other and with their instructors, who they gave much of their appreciation for the last 4 years of mentorship and guidance. One of the instructors, Surface Warfare Officer LT David Lueck proudly stated, “The last 4 years has not been easy for them, yet they are well prepared mentally, physically and emotionally for the challenges ahead.” The atmosphere in the entire auditorium and reception that followed swelled with admiration and pride for the newest ensigns in the fleet to carry forward the venerable naval tradition of honor, courage and commitment.
The Boston NROTC consortium is comprised of midshipmen from Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern University, Tufts University, Harvard University, and MIT.
The NROTC program, overseen by Rear Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois, was established to develop midshipmen mentally, morally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, loyalty and Navy core values in order to commission college graduates as Naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the Naval service and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.
Brown and NSTC oversee 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy. This includes NROTC at more than 160 colleges and universities; Officer Training Command (OTC) on Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island; Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp, at Great Lakes, Illinois; and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Boston Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) consortium commissioned a Harvard midshipman at the Harvard Tercentenary Theater on Wednesday, 27 May.
Sebastian Raul Saldivar received a commission in the United States Armed Forces, along with three of his peers in the Army ROTC. A native of Grand Prairie, Texas, Ensign Saldivar graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics. He will report to Navy Nuclear Power School en route to serving as a Submarine Warfare Officer.
The ceremony’s guest speaker was Army General David G. Perkins, Commander, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. Addressing the newly commissioned officers, he advised them that “the military wants leaders of competency and character. Long have you looked towards people of authority to evaluate you but now those that grade your ‘homework’ should be those whom you serve.” Leadership through taking care of your people was at the core of his remarks.
Harvard University President Drew G. Faust continued the address from the steps of Memorial Church, on whose walls are etched the names of over 1300 Harvard alumni who died in combat. “Harvard has placed a central role in America’s tradition — today we celebrate your part in that legacy. We honor you for honoring the tradition of national service that Harvard has so long embraced,” said Dr. Faust.
Four years ago, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus met with President Faust to sign an agreement that officially reestablished Harvard NROTC on March 4, 2011. Harvard was one of the first six colleges to establish ROTC beginning in 1926 along with the University of California, Berkeley; Northwestern University; University of Washington; Yale University; and Georgia Institute of Technology.
Seventeen Harvard graduates are Medal of Honor recipients, trailing only West Point and Annapolis. Notable alumni include Leonard Wood, leader of the Rough Riders, who became the only doctor that would rise to become Chief of Staff of the Army; Theodore Roosevelt, his fellow Rough Rider, winner of the Nobel peace Prize, and 26th President of the United States; and John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States who served on a Motor Torpedo Boat unit during World War II. Their legacies are indicative of the types of leaders that Harvard produces and serve as markers for the newly commissioned officers towards which to aspire.
“Commissioning is probably the best part of the year for us. It represents the end-goal of our work with these students over their four years in college.” said LT Stephen Smith, one of the NROTC instructors based at MIT. “I look forward to seeing what ENS Saldivar does in the fleet!”
The NROTC program, overseen by Rear Adm. Richard A. Brown, commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., was established to develop midshipmen mentally, morally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, loyalty and Navy core values in order to commission college graduates as Naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the Naval service and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.
RADM Brown and NSTC oversee 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy. This includes the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at more than 160 colleges and universities, Officer Training Command on Naval Station Newport, R.I., Recruit Training Command, the Navy’s only boot camp, at Great Lakes, Ill., and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.