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Hail to LT Goodwin

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LT Alexander J Goodwin hails from Southbury, Connecticut. He entered the Navy at age 20, enlisting in 2008 and attending nuclear power training command in Goose Creek, South Carolina. While attending Electronics Technician A School for six months, Goodwin applied into the Seaman to Admiral program and was quickly accepted.

LT Goodwin went on to Newport, RI for officer training at the Naval Science Institute, and enrolled directly from there at the Citadel in Charleston, SC. Finishing his degree in an impressive three years, and making E-5 while at school, LT Goodwin divided his time in college between studying for his Civil Engineering Degree and volunteering at the Patriot’s Point Museum.

In May of 2013, Goodwin commissioned as one the nation’s top surface warfare selects and chose a pre-commissioning ship, LPD 25 – the Somerset – for his first SWO tour. LT Goodwin offered some advice to future SWO’s to consider carefully in choosing a pre-com for a first ship, stating: “There’s no precedent set for you yet. Every time a new ship comes around, a lot gets re-invented, there’s a different culture for each ship.”

Eventually the Somerset made it out of the shipyard in Avondale, LA, sailed down the Mississippi River, up the Delaware and eventually made its way to San Diego where it is now based.  LT Goodwin served a three-year tour with the Somerset, leading the Deck Department, which handled small boats, lines, paint preservation and amphibious operations aboard the Amphib.

From the Somerset, LT Goodwin transitioned to an LHD – the Makin Island – where he soon deployed out of San Diego for another seven months, stopping at ports from Hong Kong and Singapore, to Bahrain and Dubai. In his second tour, LT Goodwin qualified as Engineering Officer of the Watch and stood as EOOW for the last few months of the deployment.

At the MIT Unit, LT Goodwin will take over as our resident Surface Warfare Officer. He will teach Navigation and Naval Operations, serve as advisor for sophomores and juniors, and run drug testing and summer cruise coordination. He will also be pursuing a Masters in Systems Design at MIT, a management and engineering degree.

LT Goodwin is excited to come here to teach. He explained, “I was interested in instructor duty. The job here required intense vetting. All staff has to provide letters of recommendation, their full college transcripts and needs approval from MIT faculty.”

In his free time, LT Goodwin enjoys working out. He also builds computers, plays video games and reads. He aspires to eventually work in the space field.

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Hail to LT Ahern

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Native of Westwood Massachusetts, Boston College Alumni, aviator, and outdoorsman, the Boston NROTC Consortium welcomes aboard LT Patrick “Chip” Ahern. Currently serving as Naval Science Instructor and 4/C Advisor, LT Ahern also maintains a host of other responsibilities, such as SAPR point of contact, recruiting director, and ASTB Coordinator.

The Consortium today is similar to when LT Ahern was a midshipman and he is glad to see that the number of Boston College midshipmen has increased exponentially following his graduation in 2011 with a major in communications and a minor in film studies. After completing flight school in Corpus Christi and advanced helicopter training in Pensacola, LT Ahern received his wings in 2013, going on to fly for Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Three and Fourteen respectively.

Introduced to the aviation community through his parents, who both served in naval intelligence, LT Ahern began his time at NROTC hoping to fly, and despite participating in SFS and exploring options on Submarines, his initial drive was confirmed. His passion for aviation came through while being interviewed when LT Ahern stated, “there’s nothing like the rush and the connection with the ground you feel while flying helicopters.” However, he quickly noted that snowboarding was still his number one saying, “I kept hoping flying would become my favorite, but it is still a close second.”

A big proponent of getting outside the dorm, LT Ahern values the city and the mountains. He is an avid skier, hiker, and snowboarder, and always willing to give advice to midshipmen and peers on places to visit in Boston. LT Ahern encourages finding ways to remain active in your personal life—using leave time effectively and finding activities that work with your deployments are essential. Along with his passion for the aviation community, LT Ahern acknowledges that, “there are still things in my life I am going to care about no matter what… you need to realize that when you are in training that is your focus. I couldn’t surf while I was in Florida, but I picked up mountain biking in one of the flattest states in the country because it was available close by.”

LT Ahern relayed the experience of his first preflight on an aircraft carrier when he noticed that a piece of gear seemed popped on the helicopter. Deciding to ask the Chief Petty Officer for his input, and despite their lack of experience and the pressure to finish preflight quickly, they took the time to consult the book and double check. Questions unasked, especially in aviation, are dangerous. LT Ahern hopes to instill this idea in Midshipman during his time at the unit, ensuring that they are comfortable to ask him, and others, questions despite potential backlash. Even in the fast-paced environment of an aircraft carrier, there is always time to ask a question. That being said, midshipmen of the Boston Consortium should take the time to learn from LT Ahern and his diverse array of experiences.

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Sean Barry

MIDN 4/C, USNR

Boston College

Farewell to GySgt Romer

GySgt Romer     Now that his time in Boston has come to an end, the presence of outgoing Assistant Marine Officer Instructor (AMOI) GySgt Romer will be greatly missed. During his two years in Boston, GySgt Romer led from the front to shape the Consortium with his enthusiasm, professionalism, and unparalleled work ethic. By applying his wealth of knowledge and skill sets gained from a wide variety of roles in the Marine Corps, he directly influenced many successes of the Consortium.

An 0811 Field Artillery Cannoneer, GySgt Romer previously served with 5th Battalion 11th Marines Tango Battery as a HIMARS section chief and Battery Gunny/Battery MSgt. During this time, he deployed twice to Afghanistan, playing a key supporting role in the Battle of Marjah. His additional assignments included a deployment to Iraq with 2nd Battalion 11th Marines Golf Battery as a Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant in a provisional rifle platoon involved in the push for Fallujah and Operation New Dawn. He also served a tour on the drill field at MCRD San Diego and two summers at Officer Candidate School (OCS) as a Sergeant Instructor and Platoon Sergeant.  Along the way, his peers chose him multiple times as the most gung-ho Marine. In summer 2014, he was once again at OCS, this time as a candidate in the 10-week OCC program.  He graduated in the top of his class and held the Platoon Commander billet in the graduation ceremony. His current assignment is in College Station, TX at Texas A&M, where he will study Leadership and commission as a Marine Corps officer through the MECEP Program.

A primary responsibility of the AMOI is to manage the Marine Option Midshipmen – a task GySgt Romer fulfilled well past the expectations of his billet. He guided eight of his midshipmen and three officer candidates to successfully complete OCS and earn their commissions as Marine Corps officers. His work with the 25th Marines secured new gear for the Midshipman and resulted in a complete overhaul of an old and outdated supply room. Beyond taking care of his Midshipman by ensuring they were properly outfitted, GySgt Romer arrived early and left late every day while maintaining an open door policy. He even brought counseling to a mobile level by giving rides to Midshipmen in the government vans, claiming one for the Marines and naming it the “Green Machine.”

While GySgt Romer undoubtedly displayed an exceptional commitment to the training and welfare of his Marine Options, he was also an invaluable resource and mentor to the Navy Options in the ROTC battalion.  He is especially well-known for his effort and creativity in supervising and planning ceremonies in events.  This was exemplified by one major event that GySgt Romer took charge of: MIT Pass in Review. Not only was the drill well executed, but he also managed to arrange the participation of the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club, the attendance of the local fire department, and a full ceremonial artillery battery from the Army National Guard.

GySgt Romer is the embodiment of what it means to be a Marine and set the example for those around him. As AMOI in the Boston NROTC Consortium, he freely offered his time and knowledge to anyone who asked.  As a hands-on leader he was never far from the center of activity, training and educating midshipmen. His distinct character will always be remembered in Boston, as well as the fleet, by the many people he influenced during his time here. To GySgt Romer, we thank you one last time for your two years of dedication and offer our sincerest congratulations on your acceptance into the MECEP Program.  There is no individual more deserving. Best of luck in following years, and we will see you in the fleet soon.

Semper Fidelis.

Written by Ms. Emilee Johnson

Hail to GySgt. Askew

P1000182This semester the Boston NROTC Consortium welcomes the new Assistant Marine Officer Instructor, Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Askew.  From his hometown of Alexander City, Alabama, Askew enlisted into the Marine Corps and graduated from USMC Recruit Depot Parris Island.  He was contracted out of Marine Combat Training as a Financial Management Resource Analyst (MOS 3451).  Askew’s first duty station was Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. on 8th and I.  In 2007 he volunteered to deploy to Iraq.  There he served in a rifle platoon as a fire team leader and picked up the rank of Sergeant.  While overseas he was involved with population engagements, vehicle checkpoints, and security patrols.

Following his tour in Iraq, GySgt Askew attended Drill Instructor School and went on to make new Marines in 3rd Recruit Training Battalion on Parris Island, the true blue.  Moving from Mike Company as a Drill Instructor to Lima Company as the Chief Drill Instructor Askew once again excelled in his duties as a Marine.  He believes that discipline is the key to transforming a recruit into a Marine.  With discipline come all other traits that a basically trained Marine needs to serve in the Corps.  As a DI, Askew says it was a more demanding job training recruits on PI than was his tour in Iraq.

After Parris Island GySgt Askew moved on to Virginia Beach, Virginia where he served in his former MOS of Financial Manager with the Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG).

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GySgt. Askew speaking to the 4/c at Orientation.

GySgt Askew played an essential role in training the incoming 4/c this year during their Indoctrination into NROTC and is excited to be a part of the Boston Consortium. When asked what drives him to succeed he simply says he is “highly motivated, highly dedicated. Semper Fi do or die.”

Written by MIDN 2/c Bobby Conkey

Hail to Major Hritz

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Maj. Hritz was an integral part of Freshmen Orientation this past August.

The Boston NROTC Consortium is excited to welcome Major Michael Hritz as the new Marine Officer Instructor for the Battalion. After being commissioned from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003, Maj. Hritz completed TBS and flight school, earning his aviator wings in September 2005. As a CH-46E pilot, he received orders to HMM-161 and deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, flying casualty evacuation and general support missions as well as serving as the Adjutant and Logistics Officer for the squadron. In 2009, Maj. Hritz reported to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, serving as a forward air controller when deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon completing the transition to flying the KC-130J in 2010, he reported to VMGR-252 as the Quality Assurance and Assistant Maintenance Officer. Maj. Hritz deployed as the Maintenance Officer in support of the 24th MEU, and also served several stints as the Maintenance Officer for Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response. Personal decorations include: the Air Medal (7 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), and Combat Action Ribbon.P1000181

Maj. Hritz was an integral part of the staff for 4/c Orientation this year, and provided valuable advice and guidance for midshipmen staff and freshmen alike. He believes that “freshmen orientation was a complete success as we took these recent high school graduates and introduced them to the program. I am fully confident that they will be able to begin the school year as basically functioning midshipmen.”

An avid foodie, Maj. Hritz will be pursuing graduate studies in Gastronomy at Boston University. He is looking forward to sampling Boston’s many culinary delights.

Written by Midn 2/c Carolyn Pushaw

Farewell to Major Giorgis

Maj GiorgisThe conclusion of the spring semester of 2014 marked the end of Major Giorgis’ time as the Marine Officer Instructor for the Boston Naval ROTC Consortium. The Semper Fidelis Society and entire Battalion will be sure to miss Major Giorgis’ nurturing but always professional presence at PTs and labs. He served as MOI at the unit for three years. Prior to coming to the unit, the Major served as the Operations Officer for the 5th Battalion, 11th Marines. During that billet he was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California. He is currently studying at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, with his next billet unknown at this time.

Major Giorgis brought the background of a combat deployed artillery officer with an enthusiasm to educate the prospective Marine officers who made up his newest command. While Major Giorgis seized every opportunity to train and cultivate the midshipmen, he found the FEXs and Indoc to be the most effective times to develop leadership. He found these evolutions provided an extended block of time away from the distractions of college life and academics to truly focus on military training and education. But he emphasized that one did not need to be aboard a base or in the woods of Fort Devens to train themselves for being an officer. Major Giorgis always reinforced that there is an abundance of reading material available to foster officer development.

While the Major ensured that each Marine Options mind was stimulated for learning, he also facilitated a smart and effective training plan. He reinforced the importance of injury prevention, proper form, and high intensity in every PT. This was all part of the “tactical athlete” philosophy which he was an enthusiast of. He brought an NFL combine like testing evolution to the unit, putting a combat spin on the pre-draft activity. Participants ran through many of the same speed and agility tests, but instead of gym shorts and a t shirt, wore flak jackets and assault packs. This event highlighted Major Giorgis’ ability to create engaging, effective and original training for the midshipmen.

Last year’s OIC, 2ndLt. Brown, spoke very highly of her experience working closely with the MOI. Billet holders under Major Giorgis’ command were given “an environment in which they felt a strong sense of ownership…and had the latitude to present their own vision”. Major Giorgis practiced his own advice by delegating authority to his midshipmen, but still maintaining the final responsibility for their actions. Semester meetings with the Major were not merely a requirement that had to be met, but an opportunity for the Marine Options to get one on one time with a fantastic mentor. The Major also said he felt the one on one meetings with students was one of his most important duties as MOI. Major Giorgis always had a relevant and helpful piece of advice. His leadership teachings were unparalleled. When asked if he wished to leave the midshipmen with anything, he provided a reminder, that “there is no perfect model for a Naval officer. Find the leader in yourself—you can’t be someone else, and if you try to you won’t achieve your potential.”

Semper Fidelis, Major Giorgis.

Written by Midn 3/c Michael Murray

Farewell to LT Minck

MattA great class advisor and a role model for midshipmen, LT Minck will be missed. Leaving for Department head school this September, LT Minck begins his journey back to the fleet as a future Engineering Officer on a nuclear submarine.

As the first class and second class (Senior and Junior) class advisor at MIT, LT Minck worked to help midshipmen succeed in school and NROTC. He prepared prospective nuclear propulsion officers for their nuke interviews in DC. Because LT Minck received his masters in Nuclear Engineering, he could easily relate with MIT midshipmen over the academic rigor of our academic institutions. An example of this happened early one morning during Naval Science class, LT Minck noticed that everyone was struggling to stay awake because of a difficult week of problem sets and exams. LT Minck looked at us and said, “Yeah it has been one of those weeks.” LT Minck knew too well how elusive sleep is as a submariner and a student at MIT.

LT Minck’s constant positive attitude, humble nature, and work ethic embody what we want to strive to be as future officers. LT Minck had everyone’s respect and attention whenever he spoke. There is so much to say, and not enough space to describe his awesomeness. He had a huge impact on influencing my fellow MIT midshipmen in selecting a career in the Nuclear Navy; but more importantly, his example continues to inspire humility and excellence in NROTC.

Farewell and following seas; see you in the fleet.

Written by: MIDN 1/c Joshua Prince