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  • 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.

  • Many of the DUE staff may know of or may have seen Air Force ROTC cadets walking around campus in their uniforms on Tuesdays. What you do not see is how hard they have been training mentally and physically. In addition to the countless hours they spend studying, our cadets also put in at least another 5-10 hours a week doing Air Force ROTC classes, labs, and physical training. Recently, our cadets were ranked third in the country based on their physical fitness scores!! But I digress; I would like to take a moment to talk more specifically about MITs five sophomores in our program; Cadet Ben Deardorff, Cadet Chris Gerber, Cadet Tim Joubert, Cadet Jackson Prestwood, and Cadet Scott Skirlo.

    AirForce ROTC Cadets

  • Navy ROTCWith over a thousand undergraduate students admitted to MIT every year, only a small percentage choose to begin to pursue a career in the military while still in college. While the ROTC programs at MIT have been in existence for decades, the number of students enrolled in each program –Navy, Army, and Air Force – is significantly smaller than it was years ago, despite the fact that the battalions at MIT also include students from neighboring colleges.

  • Cadet Col. Ryan W. CastoniaCadet Col. Ryan W. Castonia, a senior at MIT majoring in aerospace engineering, was recently named the 2009 United States Air Force Cadet of the Year by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton A. Schwartz. This award recognizes the most outstanding cadet in one of the Air Force commissioning programs including the Air Force Academy, Officer Training School and Air Force ROTC.

  • ROTC Commissioning CeremonyOn Friday, June 5th, the Army, Naval and Air Force ROTC units commissioned 12 graduating MIT Seniors into their respective branch of service as Second Lieutenants and Ensigns. The Ceremony was held at the District 1 U.S. Coast Guard Station in Boston. We had a full attendance at this year’s Commissioning, including ROTC and MIT alumni, many returning for their class reunions.

  • 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.

  • Approximately 30 cadets from Detachment 365 came together with staff and students from MIT for a pandemic flu exercise at MIT Medical on 11 March 08. The exercise served for the 365th Cadet Wing as an opportunity to practice real-world leadership skills, said Cadet Wing Vice Commander Paul Estrada. But David M. Barber, MIT’s Emergency and Business Continuity Planner, saw the exercise as something more—a proving ground for the concept that ROTC cadets could be used by university administrations during a time of crisis. Barber, after observing cadets take part in the drill, stated, “we’ve got a valuable resource here.”

  • Friday, June 8th marked a particularly special day for 8 young men and women. Not only were they graduating from MIT, a noteworthy accomplishment in itself, they were also receiving their commission as an officer in the United States military. As they stood aside the USS Constitution, they each repeated their commissioning oath in front of their friends, family and us – the cadre members of the ROTC units at MIT.

  • On the morning of Friday, February 23 close to 50 cadets of the Paul Revere Army ROTC Battalion based at MIT took part in their annual Combat Water Survival Training. While many of their fellow classmates were sleeping in and getting ready for the weekend, these student-soldiers were honing their skills of adapting their combat uniforms and equipment to an aquatic environment at the Zesiger Center at MIT. This training is vital under the current operating environment due to the high incidence of water-related casualties among soldiers deployed abroad.