A Dynamic Fall for Army ROTC

By Lisa Morin, Administrative Assistant II, MIT Army ROTC

We’ve had a great semester to-date here at MIT’s Army ROTC. Several exciting events have happened since September. Our semester kicked off with the Fall Field Training Exercise on September 26 – 28th at Ft. Devens in Ayer, MA. Over 80 cadets participated through what proved to be a memorable experience.  Cadets participated in exercises including a Leadership Reaction Course (LRC), a Confidence Course and Basic Land Navigation. Despite the not so pleasant weather, the Army persevered through the weekend.

The Army then hosted the Joint Sports Competition on October 24th, pitting cadets and midshipmen from the MIT Army, Air Force, and Navy/Marine ROTC programs against each other on the fields of friendly strife. Camaraderie and good sportsmanship were shared by all as the Navy ROTC program defended the Commanders Cup trophy.

In a more formal setting, the Army held its annual Dining-In on November 7th at the MIT Faculty Club. Distinguished guests included Dean of Undergraduate Education Daniel Hastings, Head of the ROTC Oversight Committee and Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering Ron Ballinger and guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel Mark E. Mitchell.   Lieutenant Colonel Mitchell is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army’s second highest military decoration for heroism. He offered words of inspiration through an insightful perspective on the Army Values: Leadership, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. These values form the military professional ethic that is the foundation of an Army officer.

Congratulations go out to our graduating senior cadets on their branch assignments. Every one of our seniors placed high enough on the national order of merit list to be awarded their first choice.

  • Cadet Thomas Barron – Infantry

  • Cadet Daniel Bilotti – Judge Advocate General

  • Cadet Amanda Bisacre – Army Nurse Corps

  • Cadet Roxanne Bras – Corps of Engineers

  • Cadet Clarke Burns – Armor

  • Cadet Eric Catalanotti – Infantry

  • Cadet Vincent Chiappini – Judge Advocate General

  • Cadet Andrei Doohovskoy – Infantry

  • Cadet Daniel Howard – Infantry

  • Cadet Vikram Mittal – Corps of Engineers

  • Cadet Stephen Petraeus – Infantry

  • Cadet Brian Thompson – Military Police

  • Cadet Gregory Wellman – Aviation