Hail to Commander Masterson

CDR Masterson

The Boston NROTC Battalion is pleased to welcome aboard its new Executive Officer, CDR Brian Masterson, this semester. CDR Masterson, a Naval Aviator and P-3 Orion pilot, relieved CDR Jan Scislowicz over the summer. Originally from New Bedford, Mass, he grew up in South Florida. A trip to the Naval Academy at the age of eight convinced him that Annapolis was the place for him, and he graduated from the Academy in 1996. Flight school came next, and while like most prospective aviators, he came in with the need for speed, a desire to fly jets, he soon realized that flying alone was no fun. A generally outgoing and energetic individual, the Commander wanted to be in the air with people to fly with, and have a little fun along the way. So he chose the P-3, and never looked back.

His first tour was out of Brunswick, Maine, and included three deployments, to Sicily as part of the Kosovo conflict, and then to Iceland and Puerto Rico, and finally one that took him all over Europe and North Africa. Sicily, incidentally, was the Commanders favorite place he has been, and from someone who has literally traveled all around the globe, that is a good endorsement. Next, he taught NFO’s at flight school in Pensacola, and then moved on to the U.S.S. Carl Vinson as the TAO (Tactical Action Officer). After the Vinson, it was back to Brunswick for his Department Head tour, where he deployed to Japan, Europe, and the Persian Gulf, followed by a tour as the Maintenance Officer for the P-3, and later P-8, fleet in Norfolk. Finally, it was back to sea aboard the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower, as the CDC (Combat Direction Center) Officer, and then he arrived in Boston.

He also has some words of wisdom for the Midshipmen when they enter the fleet. “Nothing is forever, the good times won’t last, and the bad times won’t last. Try to find balance, in both your personal and professional life”. Also, with regards to leadership, he advises young Junior Officers to find the style of leadership that works for them, and to be relatable to their subordinates.

Written by MIDN 3/c Griffin Keegan


POW/MIA Vigil Gives Meaning Beyond our Unit

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By MIDN 3/c Mule

CAMBRIDGE–On Friday, September 25th, representatives from Navy, Army, and Air Force ROTC at MIT held a vigil in MIT’s Memorial Lobby in honor of military personnel who were taken as prisoners of war (POW) or who are listed as Missing in Action (MIA). The vigil began with a ceremony and remarks from MIDN 1/c Castaño, who emphasized the importance of continuing to remember and honor those service members who were taken as Prisoners of War or who have gone missing. MIDN 3/c Burns gave an invocation, asking for the strength necessary to become leaders in our nation’s military and for the protection of those in harm’s way. The ceremony concluded with a performance of Taps on the trumpet by MIDN 3/c Ladine. Then the vigil began, as MIDN 4/c Luerman began the first watch of the morning.

Throughout the day, Midshipmen and Cadets stood watch in Memorial Lobby. During their 30-minute shifts, they would walk back and forth in front of the flags of the armed services that were standing in the lobby. Each time, they would take exactly twenty-one steps and pause for twenty-one seconds in the middle and at either end, alluding to a twenty-one-gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary. There was also a midshipman supervisor present in the lobby to answer any questions that those passing by may have. MIDN 4/c Segler said she enjoyed participating in the vigil because she “was contributing to something that benefitted others. It gave value to more than just myself and the unit.”

BU Company Begins the Semester

By MIDN 2/c Reid

Boston, Massachusetts–Wednesday morning, September 2, BU kicked off the 2015 fall semester with the first Leadership Lab. As at the start of every semester, we had several upperclass midshipmen and members of the company staff stand up and express their expectations from the Company and how they plan on accomplishing the goals that we set as an NROTC unit throughout the year. Speakers included Battalion Commanding Officer, Captain Benke, CPO MIDN 2/c Pat Lavin, and BU Company Commander, MIDN 1/c Conner Love, as well as MIDN 1/c Holcomb, Boston Consortium’s Battalion Commander.

Holcomb explained in terms of his plan for the fall, “My vision for this semester is to focus on ethical decision-making, open and efficient communication, and interaction with current Navy and Marine Corps personnel. Some of our new initiatives include conversations with Chiefs and NCOs, an emphasis on midshipman feedback through SITREPs and the Anymouse boxes, and understanding relevant situations that we may encounter in the fleet. These three aspects of our training will prepare the midshipmen of the Boston NROTC battalion to enter the fleet as capable junior officers and leaders.”

In addition, a few MIDN had a chance to speak about their experiences on their respective summer cruises, which included stories about swim quals off of a sub, watching flight ops on a carrier off the coast of Bahrain, and getting a chance to take control of a helicopter in Georgia. In our last segment we had the incoming 4/c introduce themselves to the company and explain why they joined the program and what they find valuable in serving their country. As a new class of freshmen arrives, upperclassmen take on higher leadership roles and are one step closer to commissioning as Naval Officers.


Welcome class of 2019! New Student Orientation

By MIDN 2/c Holland

NEWPORT, Rhode Island–On August 24, a group of freshmen and sophomore Navy/Marine option midshipmen candidates arrived at Naval Base Newport in Rhode Island to begin their Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) New Student Orientation. The week’s mission was to introduce the group to the military in a way that would prepare them to handle the challenges of NROTC and college life. For most, the difficult and rigorous beginning of the week came as a bit of a shock. However, after a few days of classroom lessons and drill the incoming class began to come together and adjust in order to overcome the challenging experience.

MIDN 1/C Robert Conkey, the Commanding Officer of Orientation 2015, called the training a success. MIDN Conkey stated that “Over the course of one week, the incoming midshipmen gained basic knowledge of military service and learned what it means to be leader.  Not only did they grow as individuals, but also as a class, and as members of the Navy and Marine Corps team.” This growth was especially exemplified toward the end of the week. On Thursday, August 27, each midshipman donned a full fire-fighting ensemble and fought a raging simulated shipboard fire in the Newport Naval Fire Trainer. On Friday the fourth class came together once again to successfully save the USS Buttercup, Newport’s floating damage control trainer, from sinking.


The week closed with an inspection and drill competition followed by a barbecue, at which the fourth class had the opportunity to speak to the upperclassmen at their respective schools. MIDN 4/C Shannon McCoy described orientation as “a great experience, one that challenged me personally and definitely brought our class together as a team.” Having completed their orientation training, the 4/c are prepared to integrate into the rest of the battalion in order to continue their training to become Naval Officers.