USA: NROTC Units Take Part in Annual Mardi Gras Drill Meet

first_img View post tag: Drill USA: NROTC Units Take Part in Annual Mardi Gras Drill Meet Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) midshipmen and officer candidates from all over the United States made the trip to Tulane University to participate in the 42th annual Mardi Gras Drill Meet, Feb. 8.In all, 19 units from all branches of the armed services, were represented at the meet, which is hosted by the Tulane NROTC unit and is one of the largest drill meets in the country. “I am impressed with the dedication and attention to detail of all of the midshipmen, candidates and cadets,” said Capt. Anthony Chatham, Tulane University NROTC commanding officer. “Everyone is highly motivated and competitive. This is an outstanding drill meet.”Midshipman 3rd Class LaMicha Jackson, officer-in-charge (OIC) of the drill meet, said the event was a great opportunity to challenge herself.“The drill meet has gone better than planned,” said Jackson, a sophomore at Loyola. “With the help of these great midshipmen, everything has gone smoothly.”Each participating drill team consisted of three squads that form a platoon. The platoon, led by a midshipman, performed basic drill movements and was inspected by a Marine Drill Instructor. A single squad, led by the squad leader, was later evaluated as the midshipmen performed basic drill movements.In the exhibition events, the drill platoons have more free movement and the ability to twirl and toss rifles. Midshipman 3rd Class John Fridley, a sophomore from the University of Illinois unit, is no stranger to big drill events, being a Marine option who excels at drill. “This is one of the bigger drill meets that we have been to in the last two years,” said Fridley. “This meet has been a lot of fun and has run very smoothly. I look forward to coming back next year.”The Texas A&M University Fish Drill Team finished first overall at the competition and placed in the top three of four out of five judged events. The Norwich University Corps of Cadets took home the overall second-place trophy and placed first in one event. The University of South Carolina midshipmen finished third overall.The NROTC program, overseen by Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., was established to develop midshipmen mentally, morally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, and loyalty, and with the core values of honor, courage and commitment in order to commission college graduates as Naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the Naval service, and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 13, 2013; Image: NROTC View post tag: Gras View post tag: NROTC View post tag: Navy Share this article February 13, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: NROTC Units Take Part in Annual Mardi Gras Drill Meet View post tag: Annual View post tag: partcenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Mardi View post tag: News by topic Training & Education View post tag: meet View post tag: take View post tag: units View post tag: in View post tag: usalast_img read more

St. Louis, Home of Peabody and Arch Coal, Votes to Move to Renewables

first_imgSt. Louis, Home of Peabody and Arch Coal, Votes to Move to Renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享NBC News:St. Louis became the 47th American city to set a goal of getting all of its electricity from clean, noncarbon sources with a vote by local lawmakers Friday — a significant watershed given its long-standing ties to the fossil fuel industry.The unanimous vote by the Board of Aldermen commits the city to transition to solar, wind and other renewable energy sources by 2035. The city will assemble a group — made up of workers, environmentalists, business people, utility representatives and others — to draw up a plan by December 2018 for reaching the benchmark.The 100 percent clean energy goal has been set by many cities that have already made substantial progress in obtaining power from sources other than coal and natural gas. The challenge is steeper for St. Louis, a city that still gets about 95 percent of its power from utilities that burn fossil fuels and from nuclear power. The latter represents about 20% of the local utility’s energy portfolio.The move is also striking because St. Louis has long been the corporate home of many of the nation’s largest coal companies, including the industry’s two giants, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal. Both of those companies did not immediately respond to a request from NBC News for comment.Lewis E. Reed, president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, said he hopes the city can now push ahead with initiatives like shifting its vehicle fleet to electric power instead of gas. The lawmaker said the city’s action also will create momentum for others to push for wind and solar and for the state’s biggest utility, Ameren Missouri, to move more quickly to clean power.The utility introduced a plan last month to spend more than $1 billion on renewable energy generation. It plans to add 700 megawatts of wind generation by 2020, to bring that source to 10 percent of the utility’s total. And it plans a modest increase in solar generation, adding 100 megawatts over the next decade.Ameren Missouri’s president, Michael Moehn, said in a statement before the vote that the utility “fully supports” moves by governments and other customers to push for more renewable energy.More: St. Louis, Long a Coal Capital, Votes to Get All of Its Power From Clean Sourceslast_img read more