Fall 2014 Semester, BNCO Final Remarks

Battalion,

In our outdoor lab at the beginning of the semester, I outlined four aspects of my vision for the semester. These were mentorship, communication, community knowledge, and professional development. You’ve indicated that the formal program has been effective, but I can’t stress the importance of continuing to seek mentors in whatever area of life you find yourselves. Indeed, the seniors have already taken the next step toward their futures, but for the rest of you, make sure you are informed and prepared to make this life-changing decision when the time comes. Lastly, continue to maintain yourselves as professionals in every sense of the word.

Moving away from the formal side of things, I want to once again welcome and congratulate the 4/C on their first semester of NROTC. This is a huge commitment, and I have seen you all grow tremendously since you first walked through the hallways of Newport. Some of you have faced their fair share of difficulties already, but this is just the beginning. Keep on pushing, and do whatever it takes for you to excel. It will all pay off in the long run.

To the sophomores and juniors: you have either 1.5 – 2.5 years of ROTC and college experience under your belt. You’re growing ever closer to the fleet, and you will soon be facing leadership challenges in ROTC, if you haven’t already. These are all experiences that you’ll take with you to the fleet, and you will definitely learn from them and make mistakes along the way.

My fellow seniors: we have grown together for the past seven semesters, and I remember our first NS classes together with LT Sieg. I have never been so close with a group of friends as I am now with you. You will all make fine officers, and it has been my pleasure to lead and serve you. Thank you for all the advice you have given me along the way, as I will never forget out time together. Let’s make our last semester our best one yet.

Last, but definitely not least, I want to give special recognition to everyone on Battalion Staff. The job you all do is thankless, and you have seen that first hand this semester. But now, I want to thank each one of you for all of the work that you’ve put forth. It is because of you that the MIDN Battalion has functioned as well as it has, and it is no small task to do what you do on top of everything else that you have accomplished in school this semester. Especially to my XO, Bridget McCoy, I know every Battalion Commander says this, but I truly mean it: without you, none of this would have been possible this semester. You made my job infinitely easier, and I know you’ll end up doing great things wherever you go.

I wish MIDN Forsey, the SP15 Battalion Commander, all the best, and congratulate him once again on his achievement. Before I do that, I want to thank you all again for your hard work and dedication this semester. Good luck on finals and enjoy winter break!

V/r,

A.F. Hayden

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PNS Corner Fall 2014

Sea Dawg – PNS Corner – Fall 2014

Greetings from Boston!

We recently had our final lab for the fall 2014 semester.  It is hard to believe that the semester is already coming to an end.  The lab was dedicated to our Battalion Change of Command ceremony where MIDN 1/C Hayden turned over command of the Battalion to MIDN 1/C Forsey.  MIDN Hayden did an excellent job at developing a training plan for the semester that focused on developing military leaders.  He was supported by a great battalion staff and could not have done it without the full support of the two company commanders, MIDN 1/C Chen (MIT Company) and MIDN 1/C Dambrauskas (BU Company).  Congratulations and Bravo Zulu to MIDN Hayden and the outgoing staff.

The fall semester was packed full of Battalion activities.  We started the semester off with our New Student Orientation where we spent a week down on Naval Station Newport.  Upper class Midshipmen planned and executed this indoctrination period and it was a huge success.  The large incoming class embraced the training opportunity and they have really hit the ground running this semester.  During the semester we have done several sporting competitions and held our annual NROTC Navy and Marine Corps Birthday Ball.  Be sure to keep checking our NROTC Sea Dawg Blog and official Facebook page for all the latest updates and pictures.

The Marine Option midshipmen have also been very active over the fall semester.  Led by MIDN 1/C Kim, the Marines completed two field exercises, one at Fort Devens and the other on Peddocks Island, one of the Boston Harbor Islands. Through the Semper Fidelis Society, the Marines also held a successful Marine Corps Birthday Relay on the Esplanda.

MIDN Forsey and his staff are working hard to finalize the details of the training plan for the spring semester.  I have no doubt that it will be another full and exciting semester in Boston!  We already have some big events scheduled, including the Sheehan Warrior Challenge at BU and the Beaver Cup Sailing Regatta at MIT.  We also have our Joint Services Military Ball in the spring where we get together with the Army and Air Force ROTC cadets for a night of dinner and dancing.

Enjoy your winter break and we will see you next year at the start of the spring semester!

All the best,

Steven M. Benke

Captain, United States Navy

Commanding Officer

BU – MIT Naval ROTC Consortium

 

“For in this modern world, the instruments of warfare are not solely for waging war. Far more importantly, they are the means for controlling peace. Naval officers must therefore understand not only how to fight a war, but how to use the tremendous power which they operate to sustain a world of liberty and justice, without unleashing the powerful instruments of destruction and chaos that they have at their command.”

Admiral Arleigh Burke, CNO, 1 August 1961, Change of command address at Annapolis, MD