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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

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PNS Corner

CaptainStevenMBenkeGreetings from Boston!

After a long and very cold winter, spring is finally here!  The days are getting longer and the trees and flowers are in full bloom, which is great for everyone except for those with seasonal allergies!  The Battalion Change of Command has occurred and I would like to take an opportunity to reflect on the past semester and look forward to the future.

The spring semester just flew by!  Battalion Commander MIDN Simpson and his staff, along with the help of MIDN Pederson (BU Company Commander), MIDN Philbin (MIT Company Commander), and MIDN Brown (Marine Platoon Commander), did an excellent job continuing to integrate the battalion.  One of the greatest accomplishments was the development and execution of the Midshipmen 4/C Professional Qualification Standards program.  Early in the semester we held Joint Services Balls on each side of the river.  Both were well done and a lot of fun.  At Boston University we hosted the Sheehan Cup athletic event and although the BU Army ROTC left with the trophy at the end of the morning, the midshipmen made it a very tight competition.  At MIT we hosted the Beaver Cup Regatta and teams from RPI and Holy Cross traveled for a chance to sail on the Charles River and win the Beaver Cup.  At the end of the cold and blustery day, MIT won the top overall score and the Beaver Cup stayed in Boston.

The fall semester is always great because we get to welcome a new class of midshipmen, but the spring semester is awesome because we get to commission the next generation of Navy and Marine Corps officers!  Our commissioning ceremonies are fast approaching.  We have a large senior class this year and will be commissioning over 30 officers.  If you are in the area, I highly recommend attending one of the four ceremonies we will be holding in the coming weeks.  I wish all the best to those new officers as they get ready to join the fleet.

After a well-deserved summer break, where most midshipmen will get to experience the fleet during a summer cruise, we will start a new semester with MIDN Hayden at the helm of the battalion.  Based on initial numbers, we can optimistically expect well over 40 new freshmen to enter the battalion in the fall.  MIDN Hayden and his staff will start the new school year with the challenge of freshmen orientation.  This year we will be conducting freshmen orientation prior to the start of the fall semester in Boston.  We will continue to refine the freshmen orientation experience to ensure our incoming students are prepared for transition to college life as an NROTC Midshipmen.

Enjoy your summer break and we will see you in the fall!

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

PNS Corner

CaptainStevenMBenkeGreetings from Boston!

I am amazed at how fast the semester flew by!  This fall was a very challenging time for our federal government and we felt the impact up here in Boston….furloughing of our government civilians and delays in the stipend and tuition payments to name just a few.  We also went through a major change with the way we conduct freshmen orientation and indoctrination.  The Battalion Commander, MIDN Mic Byrne, along with his Battalion staff and the Company leadership did a great job at responding to each of the challenges they faced. Overall there was very little disruption to the normal battalion activities.

The Battalion was busy during the fall semester.  From a very windy (and cold) Terrier Cup Sailing Regatta to the impressive Navy and Marine Corps Birthday Ball, the semester was very successful.  Both Companies held perfectly executed Pass in Review ceremonies and the midshipmen won both the Curtis Cup at BU and the Joint Field Meet at MIT.  The semester finished strong with a change of command ceremony that featured a motivational speech from NASA Astronaut and Navy SEAL CAPT (sel) Chris Cassidy.  Congratulations to all the Midshipmen for a successful fall semester!

Next semester will bring new challenges and I’m confident that the new Battalion Commander, MIDN Mike Simpson, and his staff will carry on the success from the fall semester.  We have a lot of activities to look forward to including Joint Services Military Balls, the Beaver Cup Sailing Regatta at MIT, the Sheehan Cup at BU, and finishing the school year with the commissioning ceremonies for our graduating seniors.  Continue to work hard at your academics and make the most of your time around campus, it will go by faster than you can imagine!

Written By: CAPT Steven Benke, USN