MIT Pass in Review

By Midshipman Second Class Evan Roth

On April 15, cadets and midshipmen from MIT’s ROTC units gathered amid blustering winds to participate in the 2011 Pass in Review ceremony on MIT’s Berry Field. The event served as a ceremonial inspection for all of MIT’s ROTC units and as a celebration of their accomplishments throughout the academic year. With all of the military branches represented, the Pass in Review exemplified the joint cooperation between the Army, Air Force, and Naval ROTC units.

The event was kicked off by NROTC Commanding Officer, Captain Curtis Stevens, and featured guest of honor, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mark Ciero, who spoke to the amassed midshipmen, cadets, and spectators. “Seeing the American flag fluttering in the wind along side the flags of the military branches gave me a great sense of pride,” said MIT freshman and midshipman fourth-class, Laura Lu. “I think the Pass-in-Review is a great illustration of the unity of the Armed Forces.”

MIT Dean of Undergraduate Education, Daniel Hastings, was also in attendance for the event. Dean Hastings’ presence demonstrated the ongoing cooperation between MIT’s administration and ROTC. Midshipman third-class Cameron McCord thinks that MIT’s support of ROTC is a great source of strength and pride for students who choose to participate in the program. “Seeing Dean Hastings out there was really encouraging,” explains McCord. “That kind of positive reinforcement really reaffirms the administration’s support of what we do.” Ms. Lu echoed those sentiments. “My participation in the event and the support from the administration reaffirmed my pride MIT ROTC.”

The Pass-in-Review also provided midshipmen and cadets the chance to share the formal side of military proceedings with their families and members of the MIT community. “It was a nice final, formal end to the semester and a great way for me to finish my career as a midshipman,” said Midshipman First Class Brian Gardiner. “Lt. Col. Ciero passed on some very wise advice that I will definitely try to implement in my career as a Naval Officer.” Brian will graduate from MIT this spring with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and will commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy. He will complete a Master of Science degree at MIT before reporting to Naval Reactors in Washington D.C.