This fall, the NROTC Battalion welcomed the new Class of 2019 during an action-packed week full of orientation activities.
On Saturday, October 17, 2014, the University of Idaho and Washington State University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps celebrated the 239th birthday of the United States Navy and Marine Corps during the annual birthday ball held in Moscow, Idaho. The guest of honor was Lieutenant Commander Mike Musegades, USN (ret). Musegades is an alumnus of the University of Idaho NROTC program who retired as an SH-60S pilot and then began a new life as a pastor in Grangeville, Idaho. Following a brief ceremony and an inspiring speech by the guest of honor, the evening was concluded with a dance.
On Saturday September 27, 2014, members of the University of Idaho Naval ROTC Unit participated in the retirement ceremony of Captain Douglas Welch, Medical Service Corps. Capt Welch is retiring after a 40-year Naval career. His final tour was as the deputy medical advisor - senior medical planner ISAF Medical Plans and Operations at the NATO head quarters Allied Joint Force Command in Brunssum, The Netherlands.
On Friday September 19, 2014, the University of Idaho and Washington State University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps combined with the University of Idaho Army and Air Force ROTC units to reflect and honor the sacrifices of Americans taken as prisoners of war, as well as those missing in action. The address for the event was given by the World War II Prisoner of War survivor, Staff Sergeant Vinnie Delisio.
On May 17, 2014, six members of the Navy ROTC Battalion commissioned as officers in the Navy or Marine Corps. A formal ceremony following University Commencement honored this momentous occasion. The graduating members recited the Oath of Office and received their new rank insignias. This year, the NROTC commissioned one Marine officer and five Navy officers. Lt. Col. Dan Button, USMC (retired) gave an inspiring commissioning address. At the conclusion of the ceremony, each new officer received his or her official first salute.
» Read more
On April 21, 2014, the University of Idaho and Washington State University Navy ROTC Battalion participated in the annual Northwest Navy competition hosted by the University of Utah NROTC in Salt Lake City, Utah. The UI/WSU NROTC competed against NROTC units from Oregon State University, the University of Utah, and the University of Washington. The schools faced off in Regulation Drill, Rifle/Pistol, Color Guard, Combat Fitness Test, Physical Readiness Test, Academics, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, Soccer, and a 5k run. The Battalion took first place in the Combat Fitness Test, Physical Readiness Test, and Basketball as well as placing second and third in many other events.
This winter, the University of Idaho NROTC unit hosted a snowmobiling trip for its Unit staff and active duty members. The group drove to Elk River, Idaho, located east of Moscow, and rented snowmobiles for a day. It was a beautiful, if cold, day. Many members brought their families and both young and old enjoyed a fun day outdoors. Many similar events are hosted throughout the year by the Unit’s Morale, Wellness, and Recreation (MWR) Program to boost morale and promote a sense of camaraderie.
The Navy ROTC Battalion is a proud annual supporter of the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. The Toys for Tots foundation is dedicated to collecting and distributing Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. Their goal is to bring a message of hope and help children everywhere experience the joy of Christmas. NROTC provides active administrative support for the Moscow/Pullman community during October, November, and December. In 2013, more than one hundred children received gifts through the program.
Upon graduation, six members of the Navy ROTC Battalion were commissioned as officers in the Navy or Marine Corps. A formal ceremony following University Commencement honored this momentous occasion. The graduating members recited the Oath of Office and received their new rank insignias. This year, the NROTC commissioned one Marine officer and five Navy officers. Commander Thomas Anderson, USN (retired) gave an inspiring commissioning address. At the conclusion of the ceremony, each new officer received his or her official first salute.
» View pictures here
Every year, the Naval and Army ROTC Units face off in a competition of athletic skill and performance in the form of a flag football game. Much like the game played between the Academies, there is a fierce rivalry between the Units. This year, the midshipmen and the cadets faced off in the Kibbie Dome on November 20th. After an hour of intense play, the scoreboard read 28-0 in favor of Navy. This was the second straight win for the midshipmen and the underclassmen will look to continue their streak next year. --OC Wilson
Members of the Navy ROTC Battalion had the unique opportunity to visit Bayview, Idaho’s Naval Acoustic Research Detachment on Lake Pend Oreille. The 1,150 foot deep lake provides an extremely quiet environment in which to test experimental hardware and to support various R&D programs, specifically those related to sonar systems. A highly skilled force of scientists, engineers, and technicians from both the military and private sector work in unison to conduct operations on the lake. Being able to see the processes of an advanced research facility working to further Navy technology was an invaluable learning opportunity for the NROTC students.
The NROTC Battalion celebrated the 238th Navy/Marine Corps birthday on October 18, 2013, with the annual Birthday Ball. The Birthday Ball is a way for the services to celebrate their military traditions and heritage. The practice helps build esprit de corps and pays respect to those great men and women who served before. This year, Lieutenant Colonel James Givan was the guest of honor and he gave an inspiring speech to the Battalion. The night concluded with dancing and revelry in celebration and remembrance of the Navy and Marine Corps’ 238 years of service and tradition. --MIDN Vaught
» View pictures here
The annual POW/MIA Day ceremony was held this year on September 14th, 2013. The University of Idaho Navy, Army, and Air Force ROTC Units hosted the ceremony this year in conjunction with the University of Idaho Military Appreciation Day, and the Nevada State POW/MIA Chairman, Les Brown, gave the address. A joint ROTC force provided Color Guard for the event. Each year, POW/MIA Day honors those still missing from our Nation’s past wars and conflicts as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice and whose remains have not yet been recovered and returned home.