Photo by Phyllis Norwood and Article by ENS Ashley Potts
On May 16, 2016 the nine 1/C Midshipmen of Boston University became commissioned officers in a ceremony onboard the Navy’s oldest commissioned warship still in active service, the USS Constitution. Eight are headed into the US Navy, while the other is headed to the US Marine Corps. 6 Midshipmen also volunteered to help with the ceremony as sideboys – MIDN 1/C Koch, MIDN 1/C Reid, MIDN 2/C Lopez, MIDN 2/C Ladine, MIDN 3/C Haley, and MIDN 3/C Kierstead.
Ensign Love, chosen by his class to be the class representative, gave the opening speech. In his speech, he talked about the bonds the 1/C-now Ensigns- shared, and how they were proud to be joining an organization as rich and full of tradition as the US Navy. ENS King stated that his speech was “incredibly motivational”.
RDML Danelle Barrett, Deputy Director of Current Operations at U.S. Cyber Command and graduate of Boston University NROTC, was in attendance to read the 1/C their Oath of Office. In her keynote address, she made remarks about each of the seniors, encouraging each of them to make their mark.
ENS Sternstein said that “it was awesome having all of our families there to celebrate with us the culmination of 4 years of hard work, and our entrance into the naval service” while ENS Burns noted that “it was great for my non-military family to finally see me in uniform and experience a commissioning full of naval tradition and on the oldest commissioned ship in the Navy.” MIDN 1/c Reid, a sideboy at the ceremony, said of the ceremony itself that “seeing all the seniors that I have known for three years in ROTC commission and become Ensigns was humbling and inspiring and really made me excited for our class next year.”
2nd Lt Frayne-Reixa will be going to TBS in Quantico, Virginia. ENS Conkey, ENS Sternstein, ENS Love, ENS Guerra, and ENS Grissino will be heading to Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, Florida to become Student Naval Aviators. ENS Burns and ENS Potts will also be heading to Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, Florida as Naval Flight Officers. ENS King is going to Navy Propulsion Training Command in Charleston, South Carolina to train as a Submarine Officer.