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Citadel News Service
25 Apr 2013

NROTC students receive prestigious Navy assignments

Unit has nation's No. 2 SWO selection

The Citadel's Naval ROTC unit is once again making a name for itself on a national level.

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OC Landon Stultz

This year 18 midshipmen and officer candidates who will graduate in May were selected to receive competitive Surface Warfare Officer assignments. One is ranked the No. 2 pick in the country with another three selectees in the top 10.

Throughout all NROTC units nationally, there are 299 Surface Warfare Officer assignments available for graduating seniors. No other school but The Citadel has more than one selection in the top 10. The Citadel has eight SWO selectees in the top 25 percent and five in the top 10 percent of the nation.

Marine Col. Tom Clark, commanding officer of the NROTC Unit, is extremely proud of the outstanding achievement of the SWO selectees.

"These midshipmen and officer candidates have worked very hard. I am confident that they will go on to do great things in the Navy as they continue to excel," he said.

Midshipmen (all cadets) and Officer Candidates (all active duty military) are ranked by order of merit against their peers nationally. It is a competitive process taking into account student's GPAs, physical fitness scores and peer evaluations. It is known as the defining factor in which future officers will begin their military careers.

Officer Candidate Landon Stultz was the No. 2 overall selection in the nation. Alexander Goodwin and Clarese Neill were also in the top 10.

Stultz, Goodwin and Neill are all enrolled in the Seaman-to-Admiral (STA-21) commissioning program for enlisted sailors. STA-21 is one of two programs at The Citadel that gives enlisted sailors and Marines the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree and an officer's commission. All active duty servicemen and women attend class alongside the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Approximately 52 active duty military personnel are currently enrolled at The Citadel.

In addition to receiving highly regarded Surface Warfare Officer assignments, all graduating Citadel students received their first or second choice of duty ships shown below:

  • OC Landon Stultz- USS Chosin (CG 65)
  • OC Alexander Goodwin- USS Somerset (LPD 25)
  • OC Clarese Neill USS Chaffe (DDG 90)
  • OC Sammy Amalla- USS Arlington (LPD 24)
  • OC Matthew DeLaVega- USS Sterett (DDG 104)
  • OC Ryan Trenk- USS Carney (DDG 64)
  • OC Sebastian Delos Santos- USS Boxer (LHD 4)
  • Cadet Dimitri Paspalaris- USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93)
  • OC Derrick Prescott- USS Boxer (LHD 4)
  • OC Joshua Neeper- USS Somerset (LPD 25)
  • Cadet Matthew Neal- USS Port Royal (CG 73)
  • Cadet John Holl- MCM Crew Swerve
  • Cadet Zachary Northcutt- USS Princeton (CG 59)
  • Cadet James Isham- USS Tortuga (LSD 46)
  • Cadet Michael Singer- USS Gary (FFG 51)
  • Cadet John Cowart- USS Normandy (CG 60)
  • Cadet Ashley Sparks- USS Germantown (LSD 42)
  • Cadet Thomas George- USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7)

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