The Institute Report,April 2013, Page 19
Naval ROTC Cadets Help
Bring in the Class of 2016
On the cold morning of Feb. 2, upper-class cadets
from the VMI Naval ROTC department awoke to the
sounds of cannon fire much like the rest of barracks.
Instead of rolling back over in their hays however,
these cadets rose to play an integral part in the
During the morning workout sessions on that day,
both the Navy and Marine Corps companies of the
battalion held stations in Cocke Hall that would test
not only the physical readiness of the Rat Mass, but
their mental fortitude as well.
“As a 4th Class midshipmen in the ROTC Battalion,
I thought it was great to see the Marine Corps and
Navy staffs play an integral part in our Breakout,”
said Connor Morgan, a member of the Class of
2016. “The stations, specifically the Marine Corps
one, will be one of the most significant things I will
remember about that day.”
While the Navy cadets and staff ran a “never
ending staircase” in which rats ran the six levels
of Cocke Hall staircases continuously, the Marine Corps cadets
ran a sprint-jog station with other exercises, such as pull-ups and
push-ups, mixed in. Among the cadets running the station was
Keith Campion ’13, the battalion commander for this semester.
Naval ROTC Cadet Alexander Bracco ’13 works with
the rats during Breakout.
– VMI Photo by John Robertson IV.
Air Force ROTC Announces
Scholarship and Position Selections
Detachment 880 awarded six in-college scholarships to three 4th
Class cadets and three 3rd Class cadets this semester.
As he made the announcement to the cadets, Col. Dean “Spanky”
Lee noted that he is extremely proud of the scholarship recipients.
Competition to receive scholarships, he said, is at a record high
across the nation.
Recipients are Zachary Tureck, Daniel Robinson, and Dakota
Hendrix, 4th Class, and Mark Collie, Dylan Guthrie, and Brent Clark,
3rd Class. The winners were selected according to their academic
major, academic merit, and commander’s ranking.
The scholarships range in amount from $9,000 to $30,000 per
Air Force ROTC Headquarters also announced the results of
the rated officer selection process. Second Class cadets in VMI
Detachment 880 received rated categorizations as follows: Tanner
Bauer and Timothy Boersig, pilot; Seth Clark, Ryan McDaniel, and
Ryan Spencer, combat rescue officer; and Christopher Timmons,
remotely piloted aircraft operator.
“The station went as planned and there was a good effort by the
Navy midshipmen during the event,” said Campion. “I think it was
a good showing of the NROTC department, and we appreciate the
opportunity to have a mark on this year’s Breakout.”