Naval ROTC staff, students receive recognition
One instructor and one administrator in Norwich University's Naval ROTC program have recently received national and regional recognition, while several NROTC students have distinguished themselves in national competitions.
Lieutenant Brian Haggerty has been selected as the NROTC Instructor of the Year for the entire nation, while Chief Yeoman James Keith has been named Administrator of the Year for the Northeast Region. The awards, chosen annually by the Naval Service Training Command based in Pensacola, Florida, were presented to the recipients at the April awards parade in Plumley Armory.
"Both Lt Haggerty and YNC Keith are great examples to the students, and go way beyond what's required to assist them," said Colonel Mike Anderson, Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science. "They're just two members of our nine-member staff that make this one of the best NROTC units in the nation," Anderson added.
In April, in addition to their regular, on-campus duties, NROTC staff accompanied 65 midshipmen to Villanova to participate in their Military Excellence Competition. Out of twenty schools that participated, Norwich took second overall in drill competition, placed in a number of the athletic competitions, and took both first and second in color guard.
"All members of my staff participated to make it a better experience for the students – it wasn't required that they attend; it was all voluntary on their part," said Anderson. "That's one of the reasons we are doing so well."
Later in the month, the staff again accompanied nine midshipmen and one traditional student to the National Collegiate Orienteering Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. In that competition, Aurelina Perez took first place in the novice (Junior Varsity National Championship) division, while Breanna Cave was runner up in the same event. Norwich's JV team took second in the relay event and third place overall.
In other Naval Battalion news, Norwich recently received word that it is scheduled to receive eight additional Navy and Marine scholarships this year, bringing the total to 23 unplanned, sideload scholarships for 2005, in addition to the seven 4-year scholarship students who arrived in August.
"We have been notified that there are 17 newly selected 4-year scholarship students that are currently in high school, who have indicated they plan on coming to Norwich next year," said Anderson.
The Naval Battalion, currently under the direction of Cadet Blake Jackson, who is also the Battalion Commander of Provisional Battalion, boasts 260 students, with the numbers equally split between the Navy and Marines.
"I am really proud of these students and what they are accomplishing," said Anderson.
At the end of April, the orienteering and sailing teams, established by Lt Haggerty, will travel to West Point for a collegiate event hosted by USMA.