ROTC News - 2016

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  • The United States Air Force has selected the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 365 for the 2016 Right of Line Award. The award recognizes the Top AFROTC detachment in the Nation. Detachment 365 also received the Best in Region Award for the Northeast, having competed against detachments at Yale and Cornell Universities. The last time Detachment 365 won at the national level was in 2010. 

    The award is presented to three detachments in the nation based on training, education, recruiting, and overall performance. Recipients are selected from 145 AFROTC detachments in the US competing in small, medium, and large categories.

    Detachment 365’s accomplishments include achieving the highest overall grade point average of 3.545/4.0 and physical fitness scores of 97.42/100 in the nation.

    “What distinguishes the Detachment from others is not just academic excellence, but the dedication and commitment the cadets have in becoming the best officers they can be, whether their experiences come from academia, research, internships, or community service,” said Captain Peterson Dela Cruz, MIT technical instructor and operations flight commander.

    The Detachment has also garnered numerous individual awards this year, including the coveted 2016 USAF Cadet of the Year award given to MIT graduate student Martin York, as the top cadet among AFROTC, United States Air Force Academy, and Officer Training School. MIT senior Nicholas James received the 2016 Outstanding AFROTC Cadet as the top AFROTC cadet in the Northeast region. Kira Headrick, a senior at Harvard, was highlighted in Business Insider magazine’s article, “Twelve of the Most Impressive Students at Harvard Right Now,” for her accomplishments as a pilot-select and NASA intern. Dela Cruz was also recognized as the 2016 AFROTC Recruiting Officer of the Year...

  • It’s been an eventful and productive semester for the students of the Department of Military Science.

    In October, the Paul Revere Battalion placed third (out of 42 total Army ROTC programs) in a regional military athletic skills competition, its best finish in recent history.

    In November, Army cadets participated in high-intensity military skills training, supported the annual Veteran’s Day memorial vigil, and presented the colors at MIT football home games. In cooperation with MIT’s Air Force and Navy ROTC programs, MIT ROTC cadets also presented the colors at the 2016 Harvard-Yale game.

    Finally, national level accolades were awarded to cadets who established themselves as high performing individuals for individual scholastic, athletic, and leadership achievements. Over 25 Army cadets were recognized in the aforementioned categories.

    Our cadets weren’t the only recipients of recognition this fall. In addition, Dr. Mike Yaffe, the chair of the ROTC Oversight Committee (and professor of biology and biological engineering here at the Institute) was promoted to the rank of Colonel in the US Army Reserve...

  • On June 3, 2016, the MIT ROTC units revived a proud tradition by conducting the commissioning ceremony onboard the USS Constitution. The oldest commissioned warship in the US Navy, Constitution and her crew were gracious guests. Gifted with gorgeous weather, family, friends, and alumni joined the Institute’s newest commissioned military officers, Ensign Grace Cassidy, Second Lieutenant Matthew Deyo, Second Lieutenant Daniel Getty, Ensign Vincent Kindfuller, Second Lieutenant Alyssa Pybus, and Ensign Carolena Ruprecht, to celebrate their assumption of duty.

  • Editors Note: In May, a group of Army ROTC cadets participated in the "Crossing the Charles" event in a flotilla of five canoes. Former cadet Alyssa Pybus '16, now a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, chronicled the experience for DUE News.

    MIT Army ROTC Crossing the Charles eventOn May 7, 2016, a group of highly motivated cadets from MIT’s Army ROTC program conducted Operation Meuse. The rest of MIT simply referred to this event as “Crossing the Charles,” part of the celebration of MIT’s move from Boston to Cambridge 100 years ago. But Army cadets like to use our own unique lingo. The name Operation Meuse refers to a famous river crossing from WWII by German engineers, one that is frequently studied and analyzed by military scholars and cadets. In another nod to the engineering culture of MIT, we called ourselves Team “Essayons,” the motto of the U.S. Army Engineers. As a disclaimer, I chose the team and operation name as a future Army Engineer myself, and the other cadets may not be fully aware that I’m trying to subconsciously recruit them into the Engineering branch.

    MIT Army ROTC Crossing the Charles eventParticipating in MIT’s centennial celebration in was an honor and a privilege. It was made extra special by the fact that this year, on June 3, Army ROTC celebrated its own 100-year anniversary. In fact, our program at MIT is often asserted to be the first in the nation. Many people don’t know this, but military instruction at MIT dates all the way back to the school’s first classes in 1865. Because MIT was established under the Land Grant Act of 1862, all first and second year students were required to be a part of the MIT Cadet Battalion and take part in an hour and a half of military instruction per week...

  • MIT ROTC incentive ridesOver IAP, a handful of MIT’s Air Force ROTC cadets were given the opportunity to get incentive rides in the QF-4 aircraft at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Incentive rides, intended to motivate cadets to become pilots, are not unusual.