Alumni News

Congratulations!!  to the Tulane NROTC Alumni Association Award winners.

MIDN 1/C Dominic LaPata  was presented with the Barrow Award.

MIDN 1/C Dylan Blady  was presented with the Wintle Award.

Spring Awards Ceremony

The Spring Awards Ceremony for the Battalion was held in the Devlin Fieldhouse in Fogelman Arena following the Spring Battalion Change of Command on Wednesday, April 24, 2024.  In addition to the above mentioned Alumni Association Awards, many other midshipmen were presented with honors.

1.   New Orleans Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution National Defense Award.

Presented to: MIDN 4/C Sahle-Selassie

2. The Leonard S. Isacks Jr. Memorial Award

Presented to: MIDN 4/C Lindung

3. THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE WORLD WARS AWARD 

Presented to: MIDN 4/C Lindung

4. THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE WORLD WARS AWARD

Presented to: MIDN 3/C Naulls

5. The Spirit of ’76 Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Flag of the United States of America Award

Presented to: MIDN 3/C Cattan

6. THE USAA SPIRIT AWARD

Presented to: MIDN 3/C Bartels

7.    National Defense Chairman, National Society of Daughters of the founders and Patriots of America

Presented to: MIDN 3/C Johnson B.

8.   Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree Louisiana District

Presented to: MIDN 2/C McCall

9.  THE CHALMETTE CHAPTER, NATIONAL SOCIETY UNITED STATES DAUGHTERS OF 1812 ROTC MEDAL

Presented to: MIDN 2/C Lewis

10. GEORGE WASHINGTON CHAPTER, NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AWARD

Presented to: MIDN 2/C Burke

11. THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE WORLD WARS AWARD

Presented to: MIDN 2/C Swinkle

12. American VFW ROTC Recognition Award

Presented to: MIDN 2/C Allmon

13. Award of Excellence, Marine Corps Association Award. 

Presented to: MIDN 1/C LaPata

14. National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) HONOR GRADUATE AWARD

Presented to: MIDN 1/C Perry

15. Chalfant Aviation Award

Presented to: MIDN 1/C Lochner

16. CULVERIUS CUP

Presented to: MIDN 1/C Blady

17. Tulane University NROTC Alumni Association LCDR Jack Wintle Award

Presented to: MIDN 1/C Sos

18. THE GENERAL ROBERT H. BARROW, USMC AWARD

Presented to: MIDN 1/C LaPata

19. TULANE PRESIDENT’S CUP

Presented to: MIDN 1/C Lochner

20.  GREATER NEW ORLEANS COUNCIL OF THE NAVY LEAGUE Captain Joseph T. Katz Award

Presented to: MIDN 1/C Alvarez

NROTC Battalion Change of Command

The Battalion held the Change of Command in Devlin Fieldhouse in Fogelman Arena on April 24, 2024 before the Spring Awards Ceremony; which was held shortly thereafter.  MIDN 2/C Landry Lewis relieved MIDN 1/C Zoe Alveraz and was posted as the Battalion CO.  Captain Bowdich, as well as Midshipmen Alveraz and Lewis, addressed the Battalion with inspiring words and laudations.  The Battalion completed the ceremony with a perfectly executed Pass in Review.

Pensacola Aviation Trip for Midshipmen

On a weekend in mid-March nine midshipmen from the NROTC Aviation Club took a trip to NAS Whiting Field and Pensacola.  From all reports it was a resounding success with only positive feedback from the midshipmen and unit staff.    Below is a summary write up from the battalion PAO, MIDN 3/C Yeomans:
This past weekend, members of the Tulane NROTC Aviation Club participated in an educational trip to Naval Air Station Whiting Field and Pensacola. Our itinerary began on Friday morning with a departure to Naval Air Station Whiting Field, where participants engaged in hands-on experiences with T-6 and TH-57 simulators. These activities provided an invaluable perspective on the training and skills required of student aviators. The club also had the privilege of interacting with current student aviators and instructors, enhancing our understanding of the pathway to success in naval aviation. Additional tours of the aircraft hangars allowed for a closer examination of the operational aircraft, contributing to a comprehensive understanding of the aviation field. The trip continued to Pensacola, where the group dined at McGuire’s, followed by a visit to the National Naval Aviation Museum on Naval Air Station Pensacola the subsequent morning. The museum visit offered an in-depth look at the history and development of naval aviation, showcasing an extensive collection of historical aircraft. We extend our deepest gratitude to the Dolan Family for sponsoring this educational experience. The trip provided valuable insights and fostered a deeper appreciation for naval aviation among our members.
The Aviation Club is looking forward to another trip in the fall and more midshipmen having this great learning experience.  Donations can be made through the Alumni Association to support this endeavor.

Two midshipmen from the Battalion attended the Yale NROTC Leadership & Strategy Conference April 5, 2024.  Your Alumni Association sponsored a midshipman to receive this valuable training.  If you would like to help keep the next generation of Navy and Marine Corps officers participating in such events please consider donating.

Mardi Drill Meet

The Tulane University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps held the annual Mardi Drill Meet on Friday, February 9, 2024.  This year a social was held at the Navy building the evening before competition to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the event and to welcome the 31 teams to New Orleans.  The teams came from across the nation with representatives from the Service Academies, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Maryland, Texas, Illinois, Connecticut, South Carolina, Tennessee, and more.  

The Uptown Campus of Tulane University, specifically the Brown Quadrangle, the University Center (LBC) Quadrangle, and Yulman Stadium, was the site of the competition.  The units participating in the drill meet were judged in the events of Platoon Inspection, Platoon Armed Basic Drill, Squad Armed Basic Drill, Color Guard, Platoon Armed Exhibition, and Individual Exhibition.    The overall winner of the Drill Meet was Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University.  Norwich University came in second place.  The University of South Florida Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps placed third.  In addition, the winners of each event were:   

Individual Exhibition

1. Texas A&M FISH

2. Norwich

3. USNA Silent Drill Team

Platoon Inspection

1. USF NROTC

2. Texas A&M FISH

3. Norwich

Platoon Armed Basic Drill

1. U-Wisconsin

2. North Carolina State University

3. Texas A&M FISH

Platoon Armed Exhibition Drill

1. The Citadel

2. Norwich

3. Texas A&M FISH

Color Guard

1. USF NROTC

2. Norwich

3. Texas A&M FISH

Squad Armed Basic Drill

1. Texas A&M FISH

2. FSU AROTC

3. USAFA

Tulane University Hosts Book Festival

Tulane hosted the well renowned New Orleans Book Festival from March 14 through March 16, 2024 .  The Navy Building was one of the host locations.  Author panels which occurred on the Drill Deck included discussions with Richard Ford, Ruth Behar, Doug Brinkley, C. W. Goodyear and Howell Raines.  The venue was well trafficked and attendees were impressed with the fest and the building site.

New Orleans Book Festival

2024 Tulane Engineering Forum

The Tulane Engineering Forum is an annual event held at the New Orleans convention center that typically draws over 400 participants.  It features speakers, information, and provides Professional Development Hours for the engineering community.  For more information about the event, see this link: https://tef.tulane.edu/home/

Don Vinci, 1979 Tulane NROTC Alum, has been part of the planning committee for the Forum for over 15 years.  At this year’s forum, held on April 19th, he joined a panel and spoke on the topic of “Virtuous Leadership and Accountability.” (Don Vinci Speaker Information)   If you are interested in learning more about Virtuous Leadership, please see this link:  https://www.severnleadership.org/

Don Vinci Eng Forum 2024
Defenders Memorial Day Challenge Regatta

Defenders’ Memorial Day Challenge Regatta

The 14th Annual Memorial Day Defenders’ Challenge Regatta was held on Lake Pontchartrain out of the Southern Yacht Club.  The event is held in honor of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so that we all may enjoy freedom.  The Tulane NROTC Unit was the Navy representative team with Ensign John Lochner (2024) (crew captain) and LT Justin McMurtrie (2024 – US) manning a Flying Scot.  After sailing through the qualifying races, the team competed in the finals and secured an outstanding Third Place finish.

Navy League New Orleans

The Greater New Orleans Council, Navy League of the United States held a luncheon March 20, 2024 at the Metairie Country Club to celebrate our Armed Forces.  Several of our Tulane Association Alumni attended the event with Brig. Gen. Cindy H. Haygood, Asst Adj General, LA Army Nat’l Guard as the honored speaker.  Tim Huete(1980), Nora Huete (1980), and David Whiddon (1983) are also on the Board of Directors for the Navy League.

Midshipmen Scholarship Endowed Fund (2024)

Because of the generosity of  Mr. and Mrs. Tom Dolan (1975), a new scholarship has been endowed at Tulane University.   It will be available to midshipmen who qualify directly.  Anyone who wishes to learn more about or donate to this particular endeavor can get more information at

Veterans Affinity Group and a Celebration of Veterans at Tulane Baseball

     For anyone interested, Tulane has formed a Veterans Affinity Group.  It aims to advocate to the entire Tulane community about the military and veterans on campus, whether students, staff, or faculty.  They facilitate the inclusion of veterans, military members, and their families into the University Community by supporting recruitment, retention, comradery, and ongoing success.  See the following link for more details:  https://hr.tulane.edu/content/tulanes-veterans-faculty-staff-affinity-group
    This group cordially invited ALL Tulane veterans (faculty/staff, student veterans, veteran alumni), ROTC faculty and staff, ROTC cadets and midshipmen, family members, and those military and veteran supporters at Tulane to a fun-filled and relaxing evening at a Tulane baseball game sponsored by both the Tulane Faculty and Staff Veterans and Living with Disabilities affinity groups.  Lots of food, drinks, and camaraderie were provided.
     The event was held on Friday, April 12, with the game starting at 6:30 pm at Greer Field in Turchin Stadium.  The wonderful spring temperatures  with low humidity and a gorgeous sunset provided perfect weather for an evening at the ballpark.  There was even a Hawaiian shirt promotional giveaway to the first 500 fans.  The Tulane Green Wave played University of South Florida in the grand old sport scoring 11 runs to the Bulls 3 to win over the Bulls.

Commissionings 2024

I, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter so help me God.

The Tulane University Joint ROTC Commissioning was held on May 18, 2024, appropriately Armed Forces Day.  The event hosted by the Air Force ROTC occurred at the Devlin Fieldhouse in Fogelman Arena.  A Reception followed in the Navy Building provided by the Tulane Alumni Veterans Association.  Major General Antonio Munera, US Army Cadet Command, delivered an enthusiastic keynote speech and administered the Oath of Office to the cadets and midshipmen.  Ten women and men were commissioned for the United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy as Second Lieutenants and Ensigns.  They are graduates of  Tulane University, Loyola University, and Xavier University and will be entering the service into fields of Surface Warfare, Aviation, Nuclear Power (Submarine Force), and Public Affairs, Intelligence, and Logistics.  The graduation class of 1974 celebrated its 50th Anniversary and several members were feted and honored to be in attendance.

Please Welcome Our Newest Alumni!!

  • Ensign Zoe Alvarez 
  • Ensign Dylan Blady
  • 2nd Lt Calvin Fernandes
  • 2nd Lt Edward He
  • 2nd Lt Cain Humphrey
  • 2n Lt Dominic LaPata
  • Ensign John Lochner
  • Ensign Braddock Lord
  • Ensign Andrew Sos
  • Ensign Isaac Vega

In Memorial

Jack Robards Crais – Class of 1960

Tulane Naval ROTC Alumni Association

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