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Citadel News Service
22 Feb 2012

NROTC unit announces Surface Warfare Officer assignments

Eight midshipmen and an active duty officer candidate in The Citadel Naval ROTC have competitive Surface Warfare Officer assignments waiting for them upon graduation in May.


Col. Tom Clark

Throughout all NROTC units nationally, there are 275 Surface Warfare Officer assignments available for graduating seniors. Ship assignments are all around the globe from Virginia to Hawaii to Japan.

“This is a unique and exciting opportunity for the midshipmen to pick the port and ship where they will serve their first two-year tour as a Division Officer,” said Col Tom Clark, commander of the NROTC unit. “It is a very important decision that will determine their course at the beginning of their careers.”

Midshipmen (all cadets) and Officer Candidates (all active duty sailors enrolled in the Seaman-to-Admiral 21 program) are ranked by order of merit against their peers nationally. It is a competitive process.
In addition to receiving highly regarded Surface Warfare Officer assignments, all The Citadel students received their top choices of ships shown below:

  • Cadet Mary Rochelle Bennett - USS Ashland (LSD-58), Norfolk, Va.
  • Officer Candidate/STA-21 Matthew Finn - USS Carney (DDG-64) , Mayport, Fla. 
  • Cadet William Pike - USS Gettysburg (CG-64) , Mayport, Fla.
  • Cadet Zachary Wardelman - USS Gettysburg (CG-64) , Mayport, Fla.
  • Cadet Edward Anuat -USS McFaul (DDG-74), Norfolk, Va. 
  • Cadet Casey McAuliffe - USS MITSCHER (DDG-57), Norfolk, Va. 
  • Cadet Jordan Smith - USS MITSCHER (DDG-57), Norfolk, Va. 
  • Cadet Dolph Eich - USS Freedom (LCS-1), San Diego, Calif. (This is one of the newest Navy ships, which was commissioned in 2008 and is designed specifically for littoral warfare.)
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