Midshipmen from various universities in the Cambridge area, including MIT, Harvard and Tufts, celebrated the conclusion of the spring 2014 semester with a Pass in Review (PIR) and Joint Service Awards Ceremony. The events were hosted by Tufts University at Ellis Oval and The Fletcher School’s ASEAN Auditorium.
The PIR ceremony is an opportunity for the midshipmen and cadets to be reviewed by their superior officers. The reviewing officers for this event were Lieutenant Colonel Adam Edwards, Professor of Military Leadership; Captain Steven Benke, Professor of Naval Science; and Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Weibel, Professor of Aerospace Studies.
Midshipmen and cadets marched onto the field where they stood in platoon formation. The color guard honored the flags as everyone rose for the national anthem. Then the leaders of each platoon were brought forward, followed by the soon-to-be-commissioned seniors. Army Cadet and graduating MIT senior Andrew Fijan led the ceremony, as the entire formation of midshipmen and cadets marched around the field, passing in front of the party of reviewing officers.
Midshipman 4th Class Vardaan Gurung reflects on the event, saying, “The Pass in Review was an inspirational display of military drill and discipline. It also did a fantastic job of recognizing the commissioning seniors. Best of luck to them in the fleet!”
During the ceremony, the seniors were brought forward and recognized by name and future service communities, as they will all be commissioning within the next two months. The MIT Navy ROTC program is proud to be commissioning eight ensigns: Mic Byrne, Brian Foley, Victoria McCrave, Tyler Mehrman, and Elliot Sykora from MIT; CJ Curtis and Catherine Philbin from Harvard; and Joshua Prince from Tufts, as well as one 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps: Catherine Brown from Harvard.
Midshipman 3rd Class Kira Schott said, “For the seniors’ last event in ROTC, and on such a beautiful day, it was great to see all the branches coming together. As an underclassman midshipman, I was inspired to hear about the futures that await each cadet and midshipmen, and to know that they’ll be carrying the tradition of excellence beyond the schools we represent.”
At the Joint Service Awards Ceremony following the Pass in Review, various organizations in the Boston area honored midshipmen and cadets who have demonstrated strong leadership, academic, and physical abilities. Lieutenant Colonel Edwards gave the welcoming remarks and Tufts University representative, Dean James M. Glaser, enthusiastically showed his support for the ROTC program.
“The ceremony went very well and it was great to see all the seniors one last time before their commissioning,” says Midshipman 4th Class Julia Rubin following the ceremony. “They have been great role models to us this semester and it has been a great honor to learn from them.”
Written by: MIDN 3/c Carolena Ruprecht