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

A moment for gratitude

first_imgA note of thanks in the workplace can mean a lot, but with demanding schedules it’s often hard to find the time to share appreciation for those close to us. Last Thursday, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) staff members took the opportunity to share gratitude for colleagues across the University at the sixth annual Giving Thanks open house.FAS staff members gathered in the faculty room at University Hall to see friends, enjoy cider and cookies, and write personal thank-you notes to co-workers.“I don’t often regret knowing so many wonderful people, but I think I’m going to be here a while,” joked Janet Collins, a case administrator in the Department of College Life, over a large stack of notes.Notes like Collins’ are being delivered via campus mail during this Thanksgiving week. After last year’s Giving Thanks open house, nearly 4,000 notes of appreciation were sent across the FAS.Team members from the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) not only penned thank-you notes, but came to the faculty room as a group. “This is our first year all together. It’s wonderful to come and share appreciation for people on your team,” said Colleen Bertrand, director of human resources administration and payroll at DCE.Staff members also had the opportunity to give back to the larger Cambridge community, thanks to the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (HSHS). Harvard student volunteers were on hand to collect donations for the shelter, and to share a little information about their work.“The HSHS was the first student-run homeless shelter in the U.S.,” said Harvard student Amy Huang. The shelter provides hot meals every day, nightly sleeping accommodation, clothing and other donations, and advocacy programs like employment and housing search assistance. This year, more than $1,300, socks, and many other items were donated to the HSHS as part of the open house.“We’re looking toward another hard winter, and donations like the ones shared today will go a long way in helping our guests,” said Huang.Gratitude shared Harvard Divinity School students, faculty, and staff share what they are grateful for. <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

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Stocco, passing game stepping forward in 2005

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photo On a cold, drizzly Saturday night at Camp Randall Stadium, the Wisconsin football squad stood at midfield down by four against the vaunted Michigan Wolverines. With only 4:29 left in the game, it was up to quarterback John Stocco and the Badger offense to win it for their team and save what was then an undefeated season. Stocco proceeded to lead his unit 48 yards in eight plays down to the Wolverine four-yard line, and after two incomplete passes, faced third and goal. The junior took the snap on the next play and ran for the final four yards and the game-winning touchdown.Wisconsin’s passing game has traditionally been something of an afterthought in Barry Alvarez’s run-oriented offense, where games traditionally have been won at the line, not in the air. However, Stocco and the passing game, despite past criticisms, have done their part to fit into that scheme, and they have done it exceptionally well of late.”The offense is clicking at all cylinders,” wide receiver Brandon Williams said. “We just try to throw the ball, run the ball, and keep the chains moving.”In Wisconsin’s last three games, Stocco has completed 52 of 81 passes (a completion percentage of 64.2) for 835 yards and eight touchdowns, compared to a 58.3 completion percentage, 581 yards and four scores in the first four games. Since the Michigan game, he has thrown for 278.3 yards per game and has raised his quarterback rating from his 127.39 to 150.03, good for third in the Big Ten.The improvement has shown in Wisconsin’s receiving corps as well. Stocco’s biggest targets, Williams and Jonathan Orr, have also been the biggest beneficiaries of the surge in the passing game. Williams has caught for 327 yards and three touchdown passes in the last three games while Orr has been on the receiving end of five scores in that span. All the while, they and the other receivers have seen more and more balls thrown their way.”It does add a little more incentive,” said Orr of getting more touches the last few games. “One of the reasons why we’re able to put it in the air a little more is because we’ve been so successful in the run game.”Standout tailback Brian Calhoun’s success in the run game has also led to increased opportunities in the air. However, the junior has done his part to aid the Badger passing attack. With 324 receiving yards on the season, he has proven himself an effective target coming out of the backfield, when all other options are covered.”It’s a way to get the ball into his [Calhoun’s] hands,” said co-offensive coordinator Paul Chryst of Calhoun’s receptions this season. “I think it’s just an extension of the passing game as much as anything.”Perhaps the biggest advantage of an effective passing game is the ability to come from behind. Any team that relies as heavily on the running game as much as the Badgers has trouble moving the ball down the field in tight situations, but with Stocco more comfortable with the offense, no game has been out of reach of late.With the game on the line against Michigan, Stocco handed the ball off five times to Calhoun, but also completed three critical passes to get the Badgers in a first-and-goal situation. Against Minnesota last week, with the Badgers down by 10 with less than three minutes left, Stocco completed four of five passes, including a 21-yard score to Williams to pull within three.”I do think [Stocco] is playing with confidence, and he should be. I’m sure there is a growth that he is going through and hopefully will continue to,” Chryst said.The passing game looked good even in the loss to Northwestern. Orr caught two touchdown passes within a minute and a half to bring Wisconsin within three points of the Wildcats, and even though the Badgers came up short in the end, Stocco finished the day with 326 yards on 24-for-31 passing. That recent explosiveness has given the offense the potential to keep defenses off-balanced every time it steps on the field.”Our role changes from series to series, from week to week,” Orr said. “Sometime we are asked to be that big-play guy, and that happens to be our role for that week.”last_img read more