ROTC News - 2008

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  • 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.”