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.