The ROTC programs of MIT commissioned six cadets and midshipman as officers in the US Navy and Army in Kresge Auditorium on June 5, 2015.
Rear Admiral Paul Sohl, commander of fleet readiness centers and assistant commander for logistics and industrial operations in the Naval Air Systems Command, recognized the six new officers and MIT graduates during a ceremony featuring the US Navy Northeast Band. The new ensigns will go off to serve in the submarine, aviation, and surface warfare communities. The Army gained a new officer in their cyber command.
The US Navy welcomed Ensign (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 lieutenant in the US Army. The sense of family tradition was strong as four of the five ensigns were given their oaths by family members, including sisters, brothers and fathers.
Sohl, an MIT 1985 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering and a Master of Science from Stanford University in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, knows well the trials and tribulations that the six recent graduates endured. After designating as a naval aviator in 1988, he went on to command Naval Test Wing Pacific located in Point Mugu, CA; Fleet Readiness Center Southeast located in Jacksonville, FL; and the US Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, MD.
Sohl thanked 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 urged the six officers being commissioned...