ROTC News - 2014

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  • 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.