ROTC News - 2015

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  • During the weekend of October 23-25, Arnold Air Society (AAS) of the New England region held its annual conclave in Boston. ROTC conclaves are gatherings held periodically at the regional and national level. Cadet Nikko James '17 of MIT’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 365, took the lead in planning the Boston conclave. With approximately 80 cadets, associates, and Silver Wings (SW) members in attendance, it proved to be one of the most attended conclaves.

  • 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...