Photo by LT Monica Mondloch
Written by MIDN 4/C Timothy Keohane
On the 24th of February, 2016, the Boston NROTC Consortium welcomed Lieutenant Commander Neil Gabriel for a brief on the Surface Warfare Community, hoping to gain new knowledge about what it means to be a SWO. As the current placement branch head for PERS-41 at Navy Personnel Command, LCDR Gabriel ensures that all Surface Warfare commands are adequately manned with capable personnel. Midshipmen were briefed on the importance of the Navy’s powerful surface fleet, noting how junior officers play a significant role in contributing to maintenance of this might. LCDR Gabriel described SWOs as “the most empowered officers in the Navy,” and emphasized the opportunity for leadership the surface community for provides JOs immediately after they enter the fleet. He added that Midshipmen have the ability during their senior year to pick the ship they will be reporting to after they commission into the fleet.
In addition to discussing the leadership prospects junior Surface Warfare Officers experience as new members of the fleet, LCDR Gabriel discussed the various surface warfare pipeline options available to officers. He noted that the Surface Warfare Community emphasizes helping their Officers obtain a graduate level education, gives JOs the ability to plan their sea and shore tours around their family and professional goals, and financially rewards the top performers in the community. LCDR Gabriel concluded his presentation by reiterating the positive career prospects and benefits of being a Surface Warfare Officer, making them particularly relevant to Midshipmen. He highlighted the immediate opportunity to join the fleet in a forward deployed command, assume a leadership position, and serve in the fleet directly after commissioning. This synthesis of ideas left the Midshipmen in attendance with a thorough understanding of all the aspects of being a Junior Surface Warfare Officer.
Visit the official PERS-41: Navy Personnel Command here: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/officer/Detailing/surfacewarfare/Pages/default.aspx
Photo by MIDN 4/C Savannah Clarke
Written by MIDN 4/C Will Singley
Eight midshipmen from Boston College and Boston University volunteered their time at St. Francis House on Boylston Street. The largest day shelter in Massachusetts for the poor and homeless, St. Francis House provides a multitude of services including meals, counseling, clothing, and mail and ID services for those looking to get back on their feet in downtown Boston. Open every day of the year, over six hundred people seek its refuge each day.
Led by Community Service OIC, MIDN 3/C Catherine Senoyuit, the group spent their morning and early afternoon working in and around the kitchen. MIDN Senoyuit had volunteered frequently at St. Francis House this past semester, working mostly with clothing distribution before bringing along her fellow midshipmen. The midshipmen began by preparing twelve hundred hummus meatballs for the following day’s lunch. While some continued to prep for future meals, others stepped outside the kitchen to serve warm soup and salad to those looking to escape the blustery Sunday weather. By the time lunch ended, St. Francis House had served all of its available food it had prepped for lunch.
After cleaning up the kitchen and seating area, the volunteers were able to enjoy the rest of their Sunday afternoon, which for many included a Valentine’s Day date or the comfort of their heated dorms. While the impact of service to one’s community is felt any day, the midshipmen felt they chose a good time to give back when they returned to the T in the extreme weather.
Volunteers included: MIDN 3/c Brewer, MIDN 3/c Charboneau, MIDN 4/c Clarke, MIDN 3/c Gozdur, MIDN 4/c Ly, MIDN 3/c Palomo, MIDN 3/c Senoyuit, and MIDN 4/c Singley. While many others expressed their interest in going, St. Francis House could only accommodate the first eight.
If you are looking how you can help St. Francis House carry out its mission, you can visit them at: www.stfrancishouse.org.
Written by MIDN 3/C Zachary Litwin
The Boston NROTC Consortium welcomes aboard LT Joseph Lucido! He will be the new 1/C advisor for BU Company and will teach Naval Weapon Systems and Naval Systems Engineering.
During his time here, LT Lucido hopes to provide not only professional guidance, but also personal advice to Midshipmen as they transition from college students to Naval Officers.
LT Lucido has broad experience in the fleet. He recently returned from an assignment as the Submarine Operations Officer at Destroyer Squadron ONE. There he was responsible for coordinating submarine operations and Anti-Submarine Warfare for the CARL VINSON STRIKE GROUP. Additionally, he coordinated with over 30 partnering nations during his deployment, including integration of the French Charles De Gaulle Carrier Strike Group. His experience working with multiple warfare communities makes him a valuable advisor to Midshipmen.
LT Lucido earned a degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL, where he also participated in Men’s Club Lacrosse. During his CORTRAMID cruise, he developed an interest in the submarine community because he enjoyed its close-knit atmosphere. After commissioning through the NROTC program at the University of Illinois in 2009, he successfully completed Nuclear Power School and prototype in Charleston, SC.
In November 2010, LT Lucido reported to the USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI (SSN-705). While attached to SSN-705, he deployed to the Western Pacific and served as the Reactor Control Assistant, Diving Officer, Assistant Engineer, and Quality Assurance Officer. Following his departure from SSN-705, he attached to Destroyer Squadron One in San Diego, CA, where he helped orchestrate successful exercises with partner nations and gained valuable experience working with people from many different backgrounds.
LT Lucido is from St. Louis, Missouri. He is excited to explore the New England area and is pursuing a master’s degree at Boston University.
He looks forward to sharing advice and experiences from the Fleet and welcomes Midshipmen interested in learning about different aspects of the Navy.
Written by MIDN 4/C Julia Russo
This past Wednesday, Boston NROTC Consortium’s BU Company was privileged to host two senior Navy leaders: Captain Ted LeClair and Captain James H. Lee. Captain LeClair is the Commanding Officer of the CNO Warfare Systems Reserve Support Unit. A 1991 Villanova University NROTC graduate, he holds two graduate degrees and has operational experience in the nearly every theater. In his civilian career, CAPT LeClair is a senior executive at Natixis Global Asset Management, a firm that manages over $850 billion world-wide.
Captain LeClair offered valuable insight to the midshipmen on how to be a successful leader in the United States Navy. He shared several key leadership skills. He explained that in order to be successful, you have to overcome adversity. He also suggested that midshipmen should work outside of their comfort zones and become familiar with people different than themselves in order to broaden their leadership abilities. Captain LeClair also provided several tools and outlines to help midshipmen improve and strengthen their leadership. These tools included Maslow’s Hierarchy, Wooden’s Pyramid of Success and Leadership, and Saltwater Leadership by Rear Admiral Wray. He advised that the midshipmen should become familiar with their strengths and weaknesses because in order to successfully lead others, you need to know yourself and be a lifelong learner.
Our next speaker was Captain James H. Lee, who is a member of the Engineering Duty Officer and Navy Space Cadre communities. He has a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University, a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He leads C4I/Space activities in the NAVSEA System Engineering reserve unit. This provides EDO skillsets supporting activities within MDA, SSP, Cybersecurity, C4I, Combat Systems and Navy Space. CAPT Lee has supported national space programs as GPS acquisition lead, systems engineer, and customer representative for mission payload initialization.
Captain Lee told the midshipmen about the pipeline for the Engineering Duty Officer community and what such a career would entail. He explained that Engineering Duty Officers (EDOs) are a unique cadre of naval officers who have operational, technical and business experience. EDOs are the technical and business leaders of the United States Navy, developing system-engineered solutions to meet fleet warfighting requirements and focus on research and development, design, acquisition, construction, modernization, and life cycle management. Captain Lee also explained that EDOs are committed to business education and execute a continuum of professional training and experience.
Photo by MIDN 4/C Savannah Clarke
Post by MIDN 4/C Ellen Gantenbein
This past weekend Army, Air Force and Navy ROTC units from various schools around Boston gathered for the annual Joint Service Ball. The event was hosted at Boston University’s George Sherman Union. The evening began with hor d’oeuvres, allowing Midshipmen and Cadets to socialize with each other and officers. After the cocktail hour everyone gathered in the ball room to stand for the posting of the colors and playing of the national anthem. Following colors, Cadets and Midshipmen representing each branch service – Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps – marched in carrying covers to represent Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA). The empty table is symbolically set in honor of fallen veterans. Guests were then led in a moment of reflection and a toast to the President of the United States and the Secretaries of each branch of service. Following the ceremonies, dinner was served accompanied by live jazz music.
After dinner came to a conclusion, the significant accomplishments of each ROTC unit were recognized. Midshipman 3/C Mykaela Coughlin announced the service assignments of each NROTC first class Midshipmen, who will commission as Second Lieutenants in the Marine Corps and Ensigns in the Submarine, Aviation, Surface Warfare and Nursing communities. The dining portion of the evening was concluded with the retiring of colors. Midshipmen and Cadets finished the night with dancing to music by DJ Alex. Midshipmen enjoyed the night, and the opportunity to converse with members of our sister ROTC units.