The Boston NROTC Consortium is excited to welcome Major Michael Hritz as the new Marine Officer Instructor for the Battalion. After being commissioned from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003, Maj. Hritz completed TBS and flight school, earning his aviator wings in September 2005. As a CH-46E pilot, he received orders to HMM-161 and deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, flying casualty evacuation and general support missions as well as serving as the Adjutant and Logistics Officer for the squadron. In 2009, Maj. Hritz reported to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, serving as a forward air controller when deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon completing the transition to flying the KC-130J in 2010, he reported to VMGR-252 as the Quality Assurance and Assistant Maintenance Officer. Maj. Hritz deployed as the Maintenance Officer in support of the 24th MEU, and also served several stints as the Maintenance Officer for Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response. Personal decorations include: the Air Medal (7 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), and Combat Action Ribbon.
Maj. Hritz was an integral part of the staff for 4/c Orientation this year, and provided valuable advice and guidance for midshipmen staff and freshmen alike. He believes that “freshmen orientation was a complete success as we took these recent high school graduates and introduced them to the program. I am fully confident that they will be able to begin the school year as basically functioning midshipmen.”
An avid foodie, Maj. Hritz will be pursuing graduate studies in Gastronomy at Boston University. He is looking forward to sampling Boston’s many culinary delights.
Written by Midn 2/c Carolyn Pushaw