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MIT COMMISSIONS SIX NEW OFFICERS IN JOINT CEREMONY

By ENS Sebastian R. Saldivar, USN

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (NNS) — The ROTC programs of MIT commissioned 6 cadets and midshipman as officers in the US Navy and Army in the Kresge Auditorium on June 5th 2015.

Rear Admiral Paul Sohl, Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, Assistant Commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations, Naval Air Systems Command recognized the six Navy ROTC and recent graduates of MIT during a sharp ceremony festooned with the U.S Navy Northeast Band to honor the new officers of the Army and Navy ROTC as well as the Admiral. The new ensigns will go off to serve in the submarine, aviation and surface warfare communities. The Army gained a new officer into their cyber command.

The U.S Navy welcomed ENS Joanna K. Chen, ENS Connor A. Humber, ENS Stephen D. Johnson, ENS Erik O. Klatt and ENS Bridget E. McCoy. Cadet Andrea R. Dubin received her commission as a 2nd LT in the US Army. The sense of family tradition was strong as 4 of the 5 ensigns were given their oaths by family members—sisters, brothers and fathers.

ENS Bridget McCoy receives her first salute from her younger sister, MIDN Colleen McCoy (MIT '17)
ENS Bridget McCoy receives her first salute from her younger sister, MIDN Colleen McCoy (MIT ’17)

RADML Sohl, a 1985 graduate of MIT with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, who went on to study for a Master’s of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautically Engineering from Stanford University, knew well the trials and tribulations that the 6 recent graduates endured. After designating as a naval aviator in 1988, he went on to command Naval Test Wing Pacific located in Point Mugu, California, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast located in Jacksonville, Florida, and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland.

From his own background of higher education he gave thanks to the new officers, and told them: “You leave here with the world in the palm of your hand, yet you are choosing a different path. You are choosing to open your hands to the world.” He told the six officers being commissioned to “Know your job…Know your people…Know yourself” and to “LEAD BOLDY!”

RADM Sohl went on to tell the officers to get in the arena, aptly alluding to Theodore Roosevelt’s ‘Man in the Arena’ speech and spoke of the gratitude due to the new officer’s families and friends. ENS Stephen D. Johnson remarked “I really appreciated RDLM Sohl’s comments and his call to us new officers. It was a great culmination to 4 years of hard work, and I am deeply grateful to the LTs, the unit staff and all the midshipmen I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”

The newly minted officers were happy to pose for pictures with each other and with their instructors, who they gave much of their appreciation for the last 4 years of mentorship and guidance. One of the instructors, Surface Warfare Officer LT David Lueck proudly stated, “The last 4 years has not been easy for them, yet they are well prepared mentally, physically and emotionally for the challenges ahead.” The atmosphere in the entire auditorium and reception that followed swelled with admiration and pride for the newest ensigns in the fleet to carry forward the venerable naval tradition of honor, courage and commitment.

The Boston NROTC consortium is comprised of midshipmen from Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern University, Tufts University, Harvard University, and MIT.

The NROTC program, overseen by Rear Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois, was established to develop midshipmen mentally, morally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, loyalty and Navy core values in order to commission college graduates as Naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the Naval service and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.

Brown and NSTC oversee 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy. This includes NROTC at more than 160 colleges and universities; Officer Training Command (OTC) on Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island; Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp, at Great Lakes, Illinois; and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.

For more information about NROTC, visit https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/.

For more information about NSTC, visit http://www.netc.navy.mil/nstc/ or visit the NSTC Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/NavalServiceTraining/.

For more news from Naval Service Training Command, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/greatlakes/.

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Harvard Commissioning

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Boston Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) consortium commissioned a Harvard midshipman at the Harvard Tercentenary Theater on Wednesday, 27 May.

Sebastian Raul Saldivar received a commission in the United States Armed Forces, along with three of his peers in the Army ROTC. A native of Grand Prairie, Texas, Ensign Saldivar graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics. He will report to Navy Nuclear Power School en route to serving as a Submarine Warfare Officer.

The ceremony’s guest speaker was Army General David G. Perkins, Commander, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. Addressing the newly commissioned officers, he advised them that “the military wants leaders of competency and character. Long have you looked towards people of authority to evaluate you but now those that grade your ‘homework’ should be those whom you serve.” Leadership through taking care of your people was at the core of his remarks.

Harvard University President Drew G. Faust continued the address from the steps of Memorial Church, on whose walls are etched the names of over 1300 Harvard alumni who died in combat. “Harvard has placed a central role in America’s tradition — today we celebrate your part in that legacy. We honor you for honoring the tradition of national service that Harvard has so long embraced,” said Dr. Faust.
Four years ago, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus met with President Faust to sign an agreement that officially reestablished Harvard NROTC on March 4, 2011. Harvard was one of the first six colleges to establish ROTC beginning in 1926 along with the University of California, Berkeley; Northwestern University; University of Washington; Yale University; and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Seventeen Harvard graduates are Medal of Honor recipients, trailing only West Point and Annapolis. Notable alumni include Leonard Wood, leader of the Rough Riders, who became the only doctor that would rise to become Chief of Staff of the Army; Theodore Roosevelt, his fellow Rough Rider, winner of the Nobel peace Prize, and 26th President of the United States; and John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States who served on a Motor Torpedo Boat unit during World War II. Their legacies are indicative of the types of leaders that Harvard produces and serve as markers for the newly commissioned officers towards which to aspire.
“Commissioning is probably the best part of the year for us. It represents the end-goal of our work with these students over their four years in college.” said LT Stephen Smith, one of the NROTC instructors based at MIT. “I look forward to seeing what ENS Saldivar does in the fleet!”
The NROTC program, overseen by Rear Adm. Richard A. Brown, commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., was established to develop midshipmen mentally, morally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, loyalty and Navy core values in order to commission college graduates as Naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the Naval service and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.

RADM Brown and NSTC oversee 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy. This includes the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at more than 160 colleges and universities, Officer Training Command on Naval Station Newport, R.I., Recruit Training Command, the Navy’s only boot camp, at Great Lakes, Ill., and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.

For more information about NROTC, visit https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/.

For more information about NSTC, visit http://www.netc.navy.mil/nstc/,
https://www.facebook.com/NavalServiceTraining/ and http://www.navy.mil/local/greatlakes/.

By Midshipman 1st Class Jimmy Castaño

Admiral Harris Speaks to BU-MIT NROTC Midshipmen

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By Midshipman 4th Class Zach Litwin, BU-MIT NROTC

BOSTON (Apr. 28, 2015)—“Attention on deck! Admiral Harris on deck. Good morning, sir.” This week, Midshipmen from Boston Consortium NROTC unit received a visit from Admiral Harris, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The Admiral addressed the 1/C as well as a number of other Midshipmen and Unit Staff.

A visit from an Admiral is a rare occasion in any forum, so those who attended were fortunate to have such an amazing opportunity in a small-group setting. Admiral Harris has 41 years of training and operational experience. He graduated the United States Naval Academy in 1978 and became a naval flight officer. In addition to his strong educational background, Admiral Harris has significant and diverse operational and staff experiences upon which he based his remarks and advice to the Midshipmen and Staff.

In his address, the Admiral strongly urged those present to “be the best that you can be wherever you go” because much can be learned from every experience. He stressed that mentors and a positive attitude are of great value when planning and completing difficult assignments and added that “you can’t say ‘thank you’ enough.”

When discussing his philosophy for leadership and training, the Admiral focused on balancing priorities and maximizing the two vectors of mission success: “smarts” and “motivation.”

One of the Midshipmen asked “What can Midshipmen do during their time in NROTC to prepare themselves for their future careers in the Navy?” Admiral Harris responded, “I think you can learn how to work together” and stressed that teamwork involves both receiving and giving help.

“It’s a team sport, and you’re going to have to carry each other,” said Harris.

The Admiral went on to further discuss the important role of diversity in the Navy and its positive effects on teams and organizations. He emphasized that today’s diverse Navy represents impressive improvements from the past but reminded the Midshipmen that more work lies ahead.

When asked about the visit, MIDN 1/C Klatt from MIT commented, “Admiral Harris gave us a lot of advice, and I think everyone in attendance benefited greatly from his visit.”

While the Boston Consortium is lucky to have access to excellent guest speakers from many different backgrounds, the BU and MIT Midshipmen and Staff were especially grateful for this extraordinary in-person visit by one of the nation’s highest ranking and most experienced military officers.

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Spring 2015 Change of Command

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By Midshipman 4th Class Garrett Gozdur, BU NROTC Unit

BU-MIT NROTC Midshipman Battalion Change of Command

BOSTON (Apr. 29, 2015) – Another semester full of rewarding activities has come to an end. Today, MIDN 1/C Forsey relinquished his battalion commander position to MIDN 2/C Holcomb.

A lot of preparation went into the ceremony; Midn 1/C Boettcher and MIDN 2/C Conkey, Commander of Troops and Parade Adjutant respectively, executed it successfully under Gunnery Sergeant Askew’s guidance. The ceremony consisted of several parts, all designed to mimic a change of command in the fleet.

Following an awards ceremony for those going above and beyond, the Parade Adjutant assembled the battalion and the color guard presented the national ensign for the National Anthem. The platoon commanders and staff then marched to the center, where the commanding officers issued the orders and instructions to the unit commanders.

The most significant part of the ceremony was the transferring of the guide-ons. The CMC assisted in the passing on of the MIT and BU guide-ons from MIDN Forsey to MIDN Holcomb. The passing of the guide-ons signified the transfer of total responsibility, authority, and accountability for the midshipmen battalion.

Captain Benke remarked on the successes of the semester and wished everyone luck, both to the seniors as they commission and to everyone else preparing to train with the fleet on summer cruises.

In MIDN Forsey’s speech, he commented on the difficulties of the semester with the large amounts of snow, but was happy with its successes. After the ceremony, MIDN Forsey said, “I want to thank all my staff for the hard work they put in. I’m excited for MIDN Holcomb and his new team and can’t wait to hear how they do next year.”

MIDN Holcomb set out his expectations after receiving command of the battalion. His vision for next semester is to focus on ethical decision-making, open and efficient communication, and interaction with current Navy and Marine Corps personnel. “Making these three things priorities will help us to most effectively train and prepare for leadership, in the fleet and in our everyday lives,” he said.

MIDN Holcomb finished with a nod to the previous staff:  “The seniors gave us really big shoes to fill, but I’m excited about what we’ve got in store for everyone in the fall.”

We all wish the best for the seniors as they commission and hope that everyone has a great summer.

BU-MIT NROTC Midshipmen Tour of Sikorsky Aircraft Facility

STRATFORD (Apr. 23, 2015) – A select few midshipmen were granted a remarkable opportunity to see where one of the most well-known contemporary aircraft comes into existence.

On the banks of the Housatonic River in Connecticut, you will find the Sikorsky factory; a vast expanse of metal and concrete that can yield a new helicopter every 6 days.  Nestled within the facility were the testing and engineering departments hard at work on the helicopters of tomorrow and improving the ones we use today.

The midshipmen, accompanied by two Naval Aviators and a Sikorsky history specialist, were granted the opportunity to tour the Sikorsky facilities.  The tour began in the archives room with the history of Sikorsky and its founder, Igor Sikorsky.  The archives were filled with replicas of Sikorsky’s life work, from the first multi-engine airplanes to the very first helicopters.  Each replica aircraft building on the last, showing just how progressive and inventive Mr. Sikorsky really was.

Next, the group moved on to the factory floor and was presented with the complex problem of manufacturing a multimillion-dollar aircraft.  Fortunately, Sikorsky provided the solution with their intense automation, precise machining and a stellar crew of engineers and technicians.  Being able to see each part being manufactured and assembled into smaller systems interested the midshipmen, but many wanted to see the finished product.

And so the midshipmen were presented with the final assembly room, where Sikorsky assembles and then puts the final touches on the U.S. Army’s UH-60 Blackhawk and HH-60M Medevac helicopters, as well as the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopters.  The midshipmen were impressed with the extreme efficiency of the different assembly technicians and their teams.  It put into perspective the amount of work that goes into these military aircraft.

The final stop led the midshipman to Igor Sikorsky’s office, which brought home the message of the whole tour.  Mr. Sikorsky worked his whole life to bring about a machine intended to save lives.  He dedicated his whole life its development, and even went on to test many of the helicopters and other aircraft himself.  It made the midshipmen step back and realize how amazing these aircraft really were, and the fact that some would be using Mr. Sikorsky’s work to save lives themselves.

For more information about NROTC, visit https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/

By Midshipman 1st Class Connor Humber, MIT NROTC Unit

2015 Beaver Cup Regatta

The Beaver Cup Regatta presented a great opportunity for the classes to interact and practice their sailing, and was entertaining for those who watched and cheered from the sides. Although RPI took home the trophy, Holy Cross and MIT/BU finished second and third respectively.

The weather conditions were far from ideal– with wind at 18 knots and 30-35 knot gusts; however all of the schools had great attitudes about getting out on the water and completing all the planned races.  That being said, many midshipman capsized and fell into the river. The water was 44 degrees and even colder beneath the surface.  The midshipman on the shore found it much more comical than those in the water.

MIDN Burns and Mule developed their barbecue skills by manning the grill and while receiving lots of tutelage from the Lieutenants on how to cook the perfect burger.  Their first tries resulted in a couple of black hotdogs and burgers, but by the end of the regatta they had discovered the proper technique.

MIDN Litwin showed off his sailing skills and performed well in all his races.  He also participated in the individual part of the competition, battling the elements alone.  The wind alternated between little to no to wind and uncontrollable gusts, providing difficult conditions for all boats

All of the team races consisted of two-man teams sailing around buoys and fighting for the lead.  RPI boats 12 and 13 dominated the first heat, taking first and second in both races.  MIDN Litwin and Shaffer came in third for the first heat as the first BU/MIT boat to cross the finish line.

Overall, the event was fun, even with the weather, and fostered good relations and a sense of community between the three units.  The BU midshipmen who attended were able to interact with the MIT side of the river allowing for friendships to be made between the classes but also the two battalions.

By MIDN Laura Palomo

2015 Sheehan Cup

SATURDAY 28 MARCH 2015-The Sheehan Cup took place at Boston University this past Saturday. Despite the frigid weather, teams from each of the university’s ROTC programs competed in athletic challenges during this tri-service event.

The day started with swimming relays and the tire flip. Midshipmen dominated every category of the swim events. A valiant effort was put forth by the Air Force and Army teams.

The squad drill event was a close competition eventually won by Army. Army cadets also won first place in both the Ironman and the Ironwoman competitions. These grueling warrior challenges were composed of buddy carries, pushups, sit-ups, sprints, burpees, ammo can runs, and ammo can presses. All of the participants demonstrated exemplary strength and endurance throughout the event.

Maneuver Under Fire (MANUF) is a standard portion of the USMC Combat Fitness Test (CFT). MANUF consists of a 300-yard shuttle run with combat-related tasks including crawls, buddy carries, buddy drags, ammo can runs, agility running, and a grenade throw. The fastest time on this course was run by an Army cadet, while Marine options took second- and third-place finishes.

The final event of the day, which turned out to be perhaps the most competitive, was the tug-of-war. After several contentious rounds, Air Force cadets took first place.

Overall points were determined by team results in each event; three points were given for first place, two for second, and three for third. After a string of Army victories, the Naval ROTC program won the overall competition for the first time.