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  • On Monday, August 24, a group of third and fourth-class Navy and Marine option midshipmen arrived at Naval Base Newport in Rhode Island to begin their week-long Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps NROTC) New Student Orientation. The goal of the orientation was to introduce the group to the military in a way that would prepare them to handle the challenge of NROTC and college life. 2015 NROTC New Student OrientationFor most, the difficult and rigorous beginning of the week came as a bit of a shock. However, after a few days of classroom lessons and drill, the incoming class began to come together and adjust in order to overcome the challenging experience.

    Midshipman (MIDN) 1/C Robert Conkey, the commanding officer of Orientation 2015, called the training a success.2015 NROTC New Student Orientation “Over the course of one week, the incoming midshipmen gained basic knowledge of military service and learned what it means to be leader,” Conkey said. “Not only did they grow as individuals, but also as a class and as members of the Navy and Marine Corps team.” This growth was especially evident toward the end of the week. On Thursday, each fourth class donned full fire-fighting gear and fought a raging, simulated shipboard fire in the Newport Naval Fire Trainer. And on Friday, the fourth class came together once again to successfully save the USS Buttercup, Newport’s floating flood trainer, from sinking...

  • 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.

    MIT ROTC Commissioning 2015The 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...

  • Pass in Review ceremonyOn October 25, the MIT ROTC units held their annual Pass in Review ceremony, a long-standing military tradition in which a reviewing officer inspects and issues orders to troops. While the Pass in Review has become more of a ceremonial event over time, it still holds a great deal of significance. The MIT ROTC commitment to tradition was apparent as cadets and midshipmen skillfully executed drill commands after weeks of planning and rehearsals.

    The ceremony, which took place during Family Weekend at MIT, had a high turnout of veterans, guests of honor, families, and friends. The parade consisted of a joint battalion staff, a joint color guard, and a company from each service branch represented at MIT. The Navy “Old Ironsides” Battalion was commanded by Midshipman Joanna Chen, MIT ’15. Cadet Molly McFadden, Harvard '15, commanded the Army “Paul Revere” Battalion, and Cadet Martin York, MIT ’16, commanded the Air Force “Doolittle’s Raiders” Detachment 365...

  • Prior to attending MIT Freshman Orientation, incoming students of the MIT Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program completed a week of ROTC orientation in Newport, RI, introducing the students to the program and preparing them for their next four years of training. Comprised of MIT, Harvard, and Tufts students, the MIT NROTC Unit is part of a larger consortium with Boston University, Boston College, and Northeastern University.

  • Major General James T. WaltonOn June 6, after graduating with their fellow students, thirteen MIT ROTC cadets were commissioned as officers into their respective branch of service. The Commissioning is the culmination of four years of training and the beginning of a term of service. In front of an audience of more than one hundred people, Dean Dennis Freeman commended the “next generation of leaders” on their accomplishments and Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart thanked the ROTC students “for enriching the fabric of the MIT student community, for representing the core MIT values of excellence, integrity and service, and for your service to our country.”

    The cadets were commissioned by the guest of honor, Major General James T. Walton. Major General Walton is the commander of the 311th Signal Command and is serving as the U.S. Army, Pacific Deputy Chief of Staff. He is also an MIT alumnus, receiving both a Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a PhD in Operations Research from MIT.  In his speech, Major General Walton expressed the importance of family, all of the love, courage, and support that they have given over the years, and how it is still important to remember them for all that they still do. He also told the newly commissioned officers to remember the core values, to stand by them, and to use them as a guide for decision-making...

  • Midshipmen and staff from the Holy Cross, RPI, and BU-MIT NROTC Battalions joined together on Saturday, April 5, for the annual Beaver Cup Regatta. The weather was perfect for sailing—windy but not too cold—as a crowd of people gathered on the dock of the MIT Sailing Pavilion to participate or spectate.

  • Cadet Alyssa PybusWhen people find out that I am an ROTC cadet, one of the first things they ask about is how I balance ROTC and school. It’s not an easy thing to do. When you have to wake up before 0600 every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for morning physical training (PT), finishing homework at 2 am every night isn’t a sustainable option. One of the hardest and most beneficial lessons I have learned from ROTC is how to manage my time.

    As a cadet, my college experience is very different from that of a typical student. On any given Wednesday night, while friends are getting homework done or hanging out at the dorm, I am out in a forest running STX (Squad Training Exercise) lanes, where we practice battle tactics like squad attack and squad ambush, or at an Army camp familiarizing myself with M16s, or downstairs in the unit building learning how to clear rooms in MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain) fashion. One weekend a semester, I leave civilization to conduct Field Training Exercises. And that’s not all. There are ceremonies to attend, color guards to march, counseling meetings to hold, visits to supply that have to be made, ASU (Army Service Uniform) inspections to conduct, and this semester’s particular joy of illusive MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) packs to assemble.

  • Professor Michael Yaffe is a member of the MIT ROTC Oversight Committee

    Professor Michael YaffeIt's not often that a systems biologist is also a trauma surgeon, active in the Army Reserve—and even rarer still that he treats the victims of a historic bombing. On 15 April, Michael B. Yaffe, who holds positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, was rehabilitating a broken leg when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Yaffe rushed to the medical center and was soon helping to treat victims. During the last day of the hunt for one of the bombers, he was locked down in the hospital...

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  • Our MIT ROTC Oversight Committee was proud to host this year’s annual meeting of the Naval ROTC Colleges and Universities on campus on October 27th – 29th. About 50 NROTC members arrived to campus on Thursday, Oct. 27 for a welcome and orientation, visited the Sub Force Museum and Submarine Base in Groton, CT for Navy Day on Friday, Oct. 28 and then attended their Business Day meeting here on Saturday, Oct. 29.

    The NROTC Association is a group of universities/colleges that have NROTC on campus. The Association meets once a year with the Navy administration to discuss policy and get updates. MIT has been a member for many years but this was the first time we have hosted the meeting.

  • Navy ROTC Training on DestroyerNavy ROTC Summer Training is called a “Summer Cruise”, but don’t let the name fool you. The government isn’t sending its future military leaders on a luxury Carnival vacation. There are no hot tubs, late mornings, or water slides. Instead, the military is sending aspiring Naval and Marine Officers to attain valuable military training. This year 26 members of the MIT Old Ironsides Battalion – 16 from MIT, 8 from Harvard, and 2 from Tufts - participated in Summer Cruises.