Association of NROTC Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting at MIT

Fran Marrone, Senior Administrative Assistant to Dean Hastings, Staff to ROTC Oversight Committee

Our MIT ROTC Oversight Committee was proud to host this year’s annual meeting of the Naval ROTC Colleges and Universities on campus on October 27th – 29th. About 50 NROTC members arrived to campus on Thursday, Oct. 27 for a welcome and orientation, visited the Sub Force Museum and Submarine Base in Groton, CT for Navy Day on Friday, Oct. 28 and then attended their Business Day meeting here on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The NROTC Association is a group of universities/colleges that have NROTC on campus. The Association meets once a year with the Navy administration to discuss policy and get updates. MIT has been a member for many years but this was the first time we have hosted the meeting.

On Saturday evening, our ROTC Oversight Committee Chair, Professor Ron Ballinger, (Nuclear Science, Materials Science and Engineering) hosted a well-attended dinner (in spite of the unseasonable, stormy weather) at the MIT Museum. Guests marveled at the 150th Exhibition and many commented on how impressed and pleased they were to visit our campus for the first time.

NROTC Dinner Nov 2011Paul Gray Keynote at NROTC Dinner

MIT was honored to display its long history of support of ROTC on campus. Dean Hastings and Chancellor Eric Grimson attended the dinner along with UA President, junior Alan Miramonti. President Emeritus Paul Gray, a great champion of ROTC, was the keynote speaker. As he spoke on the history of ROTC at MIT, he noted, “It has been asserted that MIT’s ROTC program, established in 1917, was the first in the nation, and that MIT was second only to West Point in the number of alumni serving as officers in the Army during WW1.”