NROTC unit excels during summer training deployments
The midshipmen, Marines and Sailors in The Citadel Naval ROTC unit performed exemplary this summer at Officer Candidate School (OCS) and other active duty training events.
The nearly 200 contract cadets and enlisted Marines who attended training this summer continued to reinforce The Citadel charter of achieving excellence in the education of principled leaders. Twenty Citadel students distinguished themselves above all other midshipman, Marines and sailors across the country. Over the past three weeks, 13 more Citadel Marines and midshipman were recognized for their performance on active duty training. This comes on the heels of first session OCS success in which The Citadel had the top Honor Graduate in Cadet Gregory Nolan, a Marine option midshipman, and the Academic Honor Graduate in Staff Sgt Kristopher Turner.
“This has been a landmark summer session for us,” said Col. Brent Dunahoe, commanding officer of the NROTC unit. “I attribute this to positive interaction between our STA-21 and MECEP students with the cadets; and the rigorous preparation programs we have to ready our students for summer training. The unit’s performance this summer is a testament to our dual missions of producing principled leaders and officers for the Armed Forces.”
The Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program and the Seaman to Admiral-21 programs allow enlisted Marines and sailors to earn an undergraduate degree and an officer’s commission upon graduation.
Of the 56 Citadel students who attended OCS this summer, 16 graduated with honors, and The Citadel out performed the OCS average in academics, leadership and physical fitness. At the end of the second session, MECEP Sgt. John J. Parry finished third out of 390 candidates, missing first place by a narrow 8 tenths of a point.
The Navy contingent sent thirty nine midshipmen on summer training development cruises. They participated in a variety of Naval Communities including, surface warfare, aviation squadrons, submarines, explosive ordinance disposal and SEAL teams. Four students distinguished themselves – Cadets Timothy Vasconcellos, Steven Scoggins, Ronald Willis Jr., Mary Bennett and Joshua Archer were recognized for top performance at their respective summer deployments. Two cadets – Matthew Hearl and Peter Fultz – received patrol pins for their participation in submarine patrols.
“Our students are producing superior results well above their peers at OSC and CORTRAMID and are exceeding the performance of other colleges and universities with NROTC programs,” Dunahoe said. “These students have reflected great credit on the college through their performance and standing in their training classes.”