Midshipmen and cadets from all three branches of the MIT ROTC units came together on Friday, March 6, for the annual MIT Joint Service Ball at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After enjoying the reception that commenced at 1830, everyone filed into the ballroom and remained standing for the procession of the head table lead by Cadet Farrow. The procession included the commanding officers from the ROTC units, CAPT Steven Benke, LTC Peter Godfrin, and LtCol Karen Dillard. MIDN 3/C Huynh and MIDN 4/C Graves represented the Navy in the color guard detail. The evening then progressed with the National Anthem, invocation, and formal toasts.
The night of fun and celebration took a more somber tone when it was time to remember the POWs and MIAs who could not be there. We commemorated them with an empty table laid with the covers of each service and with the POW and MIA toast, led by MIDN 1/C Johnson.
The guest speaker of the night, Staff Sergeant Kevin Flike, a U.S. Army retired Green Beret, gave an inspirational speech that spoke to the value of never giving up on others or on yourself by sharing his own combat experience in Afghanistan. He told those in attendance that if you look back on your life with regret, you need to make changes going forward.
After SSG Flike’s passionate speech, the midshipmen and cadets of the class of 2015 were announced along with their service assignments. The 1/C midshipmen include MIDN 1/C Chen, MIDN 1/C Forsey, MIDN 1/C Humber, MIDN 1/C Johnson, MIDN 1/C Klatt, MIDN 1/C McCoy, MIDN 1/C Reytblat, and MIDN 1/C Saldivar. This was followed by the awarding of the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge and the retiring of the colors. Everyone enjoyed the fabulous dinner and moved out on the dance floor at the conclusion of the ceremony. Ultimately, the Joint Service Ball was a great success—everyone enjoyed a night of food, dancing, and celebration with all three branches.
MIDN 4/C Anderson