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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 His work with the 25th Marines secured new gear for the Midshipman and resulted in a complete overhaul of an old and outdated supply room.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

Hail to LT Smith

100_3796LT Stephen Smith joined the MIT NROTC Unit Staff this semester as the fourth class advisor.  Prior to reporting to MIT, LT Smith was in HSL-37 in Kaneohe Bay, HI where he flew the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter.  He wrote about his 2010 winter deployment on board the USS Crommelin in the western Pacific in the Ho’Okele: Pearl Harbor-Hickam News (http://www.hookelenews.com/back-on-solid-ground-%E2%80%93-hsl-37-detachment-two-returns-home/) and discussed the multiple exercises, operations, and port calls that his detachment experienced.

Steven Smith as a midshipman at Boston University
Steven Smith receives a $2000 check as a midshipman at Boston University (photograph by AFCEA Educational Foundation)

LT Smith studied mathematics at Boston University and commissioned through their NROTC program in 2007.  He is happy to be back in the Boston area, especially for the beautiful autumn weather.  He is greatly enjoying teaching MIT Company midshipmen and is excited to help everyone realize their aviation calling, “I look forward to helping midshipmen figure out that they actually all want to fly.”  His mission as an advisor is to help midshipmen meet their goals “whether academically, physically, or professionally.”  The Boston Battalion is happy to welcome a BU NROTC grad back as an MIT Staff member with a rich experience in the aviation community. 

Written by: MIDN 1/c Carolyn Ross

Hail to LT Stempel

Holy Cross MEC 001Before donning officer bars, LT Stempel was an enlisted Electronics technician aboard submarines.  He picked up a Seaman-to-Admiral 21 package and began his career as a Naval officer. After attending the Naval Science Institute in Rhode Island, he attended Auburn University in Alabama as a member of their NROTC unit. After graduating from nuclear power school, LT Stempel was first assigned to the fast attack submarine, USS Lousville SSN 724. He met his boat at Pearl Harbor where she was already in the middle of a western pacific patrol known as WESTPAC.  One of his first billets was the Reactors Controls Assistant for the plant aboard the submarine. LT Stempel says this is where he faced one of his greatest challenges as an officer: he had to lead a division that was undermanned and tasked with a heavy maintenance load. He credits being actively involved with the tasks at hand and taking accountability of his enlisted with utmost scrutiny to have helped him through this challenge. Spending two WESTPAC deployments in key areas of the pacific including the Philippines, Guam, and Malaysia amongst others, LT Stempel earned his dolphins on Valentine’s Day of 2012. As a LTJG, LT Stempel was given the collateral billet aboard the sub as the Force Protection Officer. With this billet he received training in the implementation of laser warning systems in protection of a submarine when pulling into port.  Later, he had the collateral billet Quality Assurance Officer, tasked with overseeing maintenance at the dry docks and coordinating when and how retesting was to be performed. LT Stempel is happy to be at MIT, serving as the 2/c and 1/c advisor and Submarine advocate.  He is currently pursuing entrance to a Master program at MIT for Supply Chain Management or an MBA. His hobbies include golf, mountain biking, and hiking.

Written by: MIDN 3/c Jimmy Castano