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Jack Robards Crais (1960)


Class of 1960 Jack Robards Crais, age 85, of Luling, Louisiana passed away on Monday, March 25, 2024. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Alvin and Alma Crais. He was married to Marilyn Smith Crais for over 60 years. Brother of Donald R. Crais, Robert R. Crais, and the late Kelly R. Crais. Brother-in-law of George H. Smith II. Jack is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends that will miss him dearly. Jack proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He was also a graduate of [...]

Jack Robards Crais (1960)2024-05-12T16:03:52-05:00

Calvin Palmer Jones, Jr. (1974)


1951 - 2023 Calvin Palmer Jones, Jr. born in New Orleans, died at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington on Monday, November 13, 2023, at age 72. He graduated from De La Salle High School and received a Master of Architecture Degree from Tulane University where he participated in the Naval ROTC program. Upon graduation he received the rank of Ensign, thus beginning a more than 30-year active and reserve career in the United States Navy. While on active duty he served in U.S. Territory, Guam and La Madelena, Sardinia, as well as being recalled to [...]

Calvin Palmer Jones, Jr. (1974)2024-03-18T12:49:19-05:00

Arthur Wade Foss, Jr. (Class of 1944)


1925 - 2017 Arthur Wade Foss, Jr died on 25 July 2017 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Deeply regret having to advise the passing last night of Arthur Foss, CDR, USNR Ret., Tulane NROTC Class of 1944, Past President of TuNROTC Alumni Association, Co-originator of the Oral History Operation, Co-Chairman of the 50th Reunion. Arthur's contribution was the generation and publication of the Tulane NROTC Alumni Lists that form the basis of the Association's Data Base. Funeral arrangements are in the hands of the Delhomme Funeral Home, Lafayette, LA. As reported by Norris Fant Obituary Published by The [...]

Arthur Wade Foss, Jr. (Class of 1944)2023-11-29T10:43:55-06:00

Homecoming 2023


85th Anniversary Luncheon The TUNROTC 85th Anniversary Luncheon was held on Thursday, October 19, 2023 in the Navy Building on the campus of Tulane University.  The event was well attended by alumni, Tulane University guests, current midshipmen and Unit staff.  The Marine Forces Reserve Band Quintet provided music for the catered event.         Alumni Association President LtCol Tim Huete, USMC (ret) acted as emcee for the event.  He [...]

Homecoming 20232023-10-27T09:34:10-05:00

Anniversary Luncheon and General Meeting/Social


Join us for the 85th Anniversary Luncheon Thursday, October 19, 2023 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Navy Building Cost $75 Use the link below to register. https://view.forms.app/adamlaurie/tunrotcaa85 Join us for the Association Annual General Meeting And Social Friday, October 20, 2023 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Navy Building Come see classmates, hear about the unit and the Alumni Association, and enjoy some food and drinks.

Anniversary Luncheon and General Meeting/Social2023-10-15T16:03:48-05:00

Wilmer Grant Collier Jr. (1960)


1939 - 2023 Wilmer Grant Collier, Jr., of Slidell, LA, a beloved and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on August 21, 2023. Grant was 86 years old. He is survived by his loving wife Barbie of 63 years, three children, Kim Dammicci (Tony) of Dallas, TX; Rick Collier of Homosassa, FL; and Ken Collier (Melissa) of Slidell, LA; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Chris Pell (Jim) of Mount Airy, NC. Grant was born on March 11, 1937, to Wilmer Grant Collier, Sr. and Edna Tickel Collier [...]

Wilmer Grant Collier Jr. (1960)2023-09-11T08:30:50-05:00

Tulane NROTC Taffrail Log Summer 2023


Alumni News Congratulations!!  to the Tulane NROTC Alumni Association Award winner. 2nd LT Guillermo Salazar(2023) was presented with the Barrow Award for outstanding military bearing. Marine Helicopter Visits Uptown Campus Tulane hosted a United States Marine Corps Reserves helicopter display on the Berger Family Lawn on the uptown campus as part of a flyover scheduled on Friday, March 31. The flyover took place during the Green Wave baseball game against the University of Memphis. https://news.tulane.edu/news/marine-helicopter-visits-uptown-campus?fbclid=IwAR3KvAiNmAefoswlSFP05aEGqldyihR4EGnZsB8ACISsN3S0ul6lcW_0l8E Chris Otto (2002), the Executive Officer of [...]

Tulane NROTC Taffrail Log Summer 20232024-01-01T14:03:07-06:00

Thomas Allen Rollow Jr. (1975)


1953 - 2022 Tom passed away peacefully at home on December 9, 2022 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease with his wife and two children by his side. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Paula Medeiros Rollow; daughter, Stephanie Rollow of Arlington, Virginia; and son, Thomas (Jessica) Rollow, III of Kingston, Massachusetts; granddaughter, Madison; sister, Terry (Pete) Dunavant of El Paso, Texas; sisters-in-law Lyda Pitman, Virginia Medeiros (Jerry Sitek), and Gail Medeiros; several nieces and nephews; and step-mother, Mattie (Mitzie) Rollow. Tom was born on August 27, 1953 to Thomas Rollow and Bonnie [...]

Thomas Allen Rollow Jr. (1975)2023-09-20T15:26:14-05:00

Laurence Hay Turner Jr. (1964)


1942 - 2022 Captain Laurence H. Turner, Jr. U.S. Navy (ret.), passed away 29-December following a long illness. A native of San Diego, Capt. Turner was born 23-March, 1942. After graduating ROTC from Tulane University, he went on to serve as a model officer during a 30-year career that included Commanding Officer tours aboard USS Paul F. Foster (DD964), USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) and USS Saipan (LHA-2), as well as Commanding Officer - Naval Communication Station Rota, Spain. Capt. Turner is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sandra, son Laurence Turner III, son Christopher Turner, [...]

Laurence Hay Turner Jr. (1964)2023-08-08T09:14:35-05:00

Richard Orme Werlein (1945)


1924 - 2023 It is with a sad heart that we announce the passing of Richard Orme Werlein. WW2 veteran (Navy), Antarctic explorer, Tulane Law school Graduate. A good son of New Orleans. At 98, his body could no longer hold the weight of his many years. He died peacefully in his sleep with family by his side. “Buddy” lived in greater Houston and was loved by many. He practiced law for over 70 years and offered his services to everyone, regardless of their ability to afford representation. He never spoke ill of anyone, and his [...]

Richard Orme Werlein (1945)2023-06-17T11:19:38-05:00

Joint Commissioning 2023


Tulane ROTC Joint Commissioning Tulane University Reserve Officers' Training Corps Joint Commissioning Ceremony was held in the Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel on the campus of Tulane University on Saturday, May 20, 2023; appropriately Armed Forces Day. The commissioning officer and guest of honor was Major General George (Ned) Appenzeller.  He is the Deputy Surgeon General and Deputy Commanding General (Operations) U.S. Army Medical Command.  MG Appenzeller, a Tulane alumni and AROTC graduate, spoke to the new Second Lieutenants and advised them to remember to always thank the families, both their own and those of [...]

Joint Commissioning 20232023-06-16T06:58:59-05:00

Norris LaDew Fant (1944)


1924 - 2023 Norris LaDew Fant departed for the next Big Adventure on April 24, 2023 at age 99. He was preceded in death by his father and mother: Arlington Pope and Ruth Fitz-Gibbon Fant; by his three brothers: Arlington Pope, Jr., William Foster, and Donald Fitz-Gibbon Fant; by his oldest son Stephen Norris Fant (Lynda); and by his wonderful wife of 70 years: Daisy Lucille Barbre Fant. He is succeeded by two outstanding children: Katherine Ruth Fant Mulloy (Edward), and Donald Fitz-Gibbon Fant (Andrée), and three brilliant grandchildren: Stephen Marshall, Preston Lafaye, and Elise Lavie [...]

Norris LaDew Fant (1944)2023-07-24T08:11:28-05:00

Thomas Carey Wicker, Jr. (1944)


Class of 1944 Honorable Thomas Carey Wicker, Jr., ("Tom"), peacefully passed away on February 24, 2021. Tom's adventurous 97 years were defined by his dedication to his loved ones and to service. Tom's dedication to service was marked by his lifelong passions for both Tulane University and the United States Navy. These passions began in 1940 when Tom entered Tulane University College of Commerce and Business Administration, joining the Naval R.O.T.C. Unit. Upon his graduation from Tulane on February 1, 1944, Tom was commissioned as an ensign, eventually receiving promotions to lieutenant (junior grade) and gunnery [...]

Thomas Carey Wicker, Jr. (1944)2023-03-28T16:11:44-05:00

Hunter Ellis Babin (1955)


Class of 1955 Hunter Ellis Babin passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 18, 2023 at the age of 90. He is survived by his beloved wife of eight years Mary Folse Hillery Babin. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years Catherine Chapman Babin. He was the father of Catherine (Kitsie) Babin Garland (Bobby) of Richmond, Virginia, and Laura Babin Charbonnet (Kenny) of Memphis, Tennessee. He is also survived by his step-children Mary Margaret (Mamie) Hillery and Julian (Jubi) Swoop Hillery, Jr. (Jeannie) of New Orleans, and Isabel Hillery McCluskey [...]

Hunter Ellis Babin (1955)2023-03-28T16:13:04-05:00

Hal Joseph Drez (1961)


Class of 1961 Hal Joseph Drez, a native of New Orleans and a resident of Baton Rouge, LA, passed away at his home on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at the age of 84. Hal was a graduate of Jesuit High School and Tulane University graduating with a degree in electrical engineering.  He also served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy serving aboard the USS Saratoga and the USS Furse.  He was a devoted husband, loving father, and grandfather.  He had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother. He is survived by his wife of 60 [...]

Hal Joseph Drez (1961)2023-03-28T16:13:24-05:00

Tulane ROTC Hosts Aviation Fly-In and Female Mentorship Panel


 Tulane ROTC hosts aviation fly-in, female mentorship panel  By MIDN 3/C Hannah McCall, Tulane NROTC Public Affairs Officer  September 25, 2022  Students examining the cockpit of a TH-57 Sea Ranger  It was an event your typical college student will never experience.  Navy and Marine Corps instructor pilots and student naval aviators from Naval Air Station Whiting Field visited Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sept. 23. They met 40 midshipmen (MIDN) from Tulane University Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) unit and middle and high school students from Bright House Learning Center in Mandeville, Louisiana. The visit promoted [...]

Tulane ROTC Hosts Aviation Fly-In and Female Mentorship Panel2022-12-02T09:44:13-06:00

2022 Alumni Gatherings


Joint Commissioning 2022 At the Joint Commissioning, several Alumni gathered to witness the cadets and midshipmen become new officers for the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy.  General David Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps and 1981 Tulane NROTC graduate, gave the address and commissioning oath. Homecoming 2022 Friday Evening Social At the Friday Evening  Social, Alumni and current midshipmen kicked off a great Homecoming weekend. Annual Membership Meeting [...]

2022 Alumni Gatherings2022-11-21T17:12:38-06:00

Tulane NROTC Taffrail Log Summer 2022


Alumni News Congratulations!!  to the Tulane NROTC Alumni Association Awards winners. 2nd LT Mark Shreve (2022) was presented with the Barrow Award for outstanding military bearing. Ensign Thomas Schwartz (2022) won the Wintle Award for superior performance. Doug Hurley (1988), NASA astronaut, visited the unit for a presentation. Erin Chandler (2018), a submarine officer, can be seen in this ABC news report. Don Vinci (1979) and John McGaha (1970) were on the board for the 2022 Tulane Engineering Forum.  Held in person for the first time in several years, it was [...]

Tulane NROTC Taffrail Log Summer 20222023-02-13T09:18:44-06:00

Bruce Albert North (1962)


Class of 1962 Bruce Albert “Pops” North passed away peacefully on August 12, 2022, surrounded by his family. Bruce was born in 1940 in Algiers, Louisiana to William Bruce North, Jr. and Gerardine Guillot North. He is survived by his children, Michael (Terri), Brian (Sueann), and Katherine Costantini; his grandchildren, Molly Bilich (Luke), Eric North (Emily), William North (Julie), Jack North, and Nate Costantini; and his great grandchildren, Amalie Bilich, Wesley North, and Luka Bilich. He is also survived by the matriarch of our family, Judy Nolan Nelson, and his life-long friend and loving companion, Judy [...]

Bruce Albert North (1962)2023-02-10T09:01:03-06:00

Spring Awards and Battalion Change of Command 2022


Change of Command   The Midshipmen of the Tulane Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps held their Spring Awards Ceremony and Change of Command on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 in the Navy Building on the campus of Tulane University.    The Change of Command saw MIDN CO MIDN 1/C Lauren Kerr, MIDN XO MIDN 1/C Mark Shreve, and MIDN SgtMaj MIDN 2/C Jackson Swinklerelieved of command by MIDN CO MIDN 1/C Guillermo Salazar, MIDN XO SSgt Lance Comer (MECEP), and MIDN SgtMaj MIDN 2/C Dominic LaPata.  Congratulations to the new Midshipmen Battalion Staff!   [...]

Spring Awards and Battalion Change of Command 20222023-02-09T17:58:37-06:00

January and July Commissionings 2022


Semester Commissionings The Tulane University Naval Reserve Officer Trying Corps held two end of semester commissionings this year.  Both ceremonies took place in the Navy Building on the campus of Tulane University.  Three men were commissioned Second Lieutenants for the United States Marine Corps.  Event dates were Thursday, January 6, 2022 and Friday, July 8, 2022. Jack Edward-Florian Jablonski hails from Arizona. Mr. Jablonski enrolled at Tulane University. His extracurricular activities included coaching as the defensive coordiantor for the Brother Martin J.V. Lacrosse [...]

January and July Commissionings 20222023-02-13T08:42:29-06:00

Women Making Waves 2022


Lida Pardue Cooper (2004) was a featured speaker at the Tulane Professional Development Series, Women Making Waves 2022.  She was a panelist on the Prioritizing Diversity and Inclusion event on March 16, 2022.   Lida Pardue Cooper graduated from Tulane University and was commissioned through Tulane Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 2004. She is a Lifetime member of the Alumni Association.  In 2011, she completed master’s degrees in International Development from Tulane University and National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.  Cmdr L Pardue Cooper is currently the Chief Staff Officer for Commander [...]

Women Making Waves 20222022-08-22T08:34:03-05:00

Thomas Early (PNS 1993- 1994)


1942 - 2020 On Monday, November 2, 2020, Colonel Thomas Michael Early, USMC, (ret.), loving husband of Marie and father of Patrick and Kathleen, passed away after a long illness at the age of 78. Throughout his long distinguished career in the Marine Corps, he earned 3 Legions of Merit, a Bronze Star with Combat V, a Purple Heart, and numerous other citations. He served with distinction in Vietnam as a company commander with the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines. Following his retirement from the Marine Corps, he led a JROTC program, taught high school science, and was [...]

Thomas Early (PNS 1993- 1994)2022-08-18T17:21:00-05:00

Luke James Sanna (1978)


1956 - 2022 Luke James Sanna, accomplished traveler, hat enthusiast, and bonafide funny guy, died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 30th, 2022. He was 66. Luke led a life unlike any other, an epic hero of sorts. He lived and traveled all around the world, told the most captivating stories, could find the solution to any problem, and always had a piece of wisdom to offer. He graduated from Tulane University in 1978 with a BS in biomedical engineering through the university’s Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. Thereafter he completed his Nuclear Power Training and served on [...]

Luke James Sanna (1978)2023-03-28T16:13:47-05:00

Joint Commissioning 2022


Congratulations Ensigns and Second Lieutenants!! The Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse on the campus of Tulane University was the site of the Joint Commissioning for the Tulane Reserve Officers Training Corps on Saturday, May 21, 2022.  Eighteen midshipmen and cadets were sworn in as Ensigns and Second Lieutenants in the Armed Services. The ceremony was attended by family, friends, and honored guests.  Honored guests included deans and representatives from Tulane, Dillard, Xavier, and University of New Orleans.  Several of the Units Alumni were also invited to witness the historic occasion. General David H Berger, USMC, (1981) [...]

Joint Commissioning 20222022-09-23T13:50:53-05:00

Warren John Nolan (1944)


1923 - 2021 Warren John Nolan, age 97, of New Orleans, was called home February 25, 2021. He was born on November 25, 1923 in New Orleans, LA to the late Ralph P. and Ruth B. Nolan. Warren was an alumnus of Jesuit High School and Tulane University, where he studied architecture. He was a proud WWII U.S. Navy veteran and served in the Pacific aboard an aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Bunker Hill, CV-17. He has an interview on file at the World War Two Museum in New Orleans, as well as his Tulane University NROTC Unit [...]

Warren John Nolan (1944)2023-03-28T16:14:40-05:00

Thomas Jacob Schoen, Sr. (1957)


1966 - 2021 Thomas "Tom" Jacob Schoen Sr. departed this life at the age of 87 and began his Eternal Life with our Lord on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. After a dignified battle and according to his wishes, his warrior spirit passed into Heaven lovingly surrounded by his adoring wife, and comforted by his loving sons, daughters, and his eldest grandson. Tom is survived by his wife, Ellen "Tay" Jackson Schoen, his two sons, Thomas Jacob Schoen Jr., and Robert Taylor Schoen (Autumn Caldwell Schoen), his three daughters Lorraine Ellen Schoen, Susan Frances Schoen, Stephanie Aline Schoen [...]

Thomas Jacob Schoen, Sr. (1957)2023-03-28T16:15:02-05:00

DOD ROTC Partnership Excellence Award


The Tulane Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps was awarded the Department of Defense ROTC Partnership Excellence Award for the 2019 to 2020 academic year.  This award was presented on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at the Navy Building on Tulane's main campus.  The DOD Award recognized the unit and university and their strong partnership that has enhanced the quality of training the next generation of military leaders have received.  President Fitts, Tulane University President; Captain Bowdich, Professor of Naval Science for Tulane NROTC;  and Rear Admiral Trinque, Assistant Commander for Career Management, Naval Personnel Command, were the guests of honor [...]

DOD ROTC Partnership Excellence Award2022-08-17T14:47:34-05:00

TUNROTC Annual Meeting


Friday Social The Naval Reserve Officer Training Command at Tulane University held its annual meeting and social November 12 and November 13, 2021.  Friday's festivities were a social and reunion held at the Navy Building.  The many gathered on the drill deck enjoyed gracious company and memories as well as delicious food and drink.  Saturday's goings-on included the annual meeting, homecoming reunion, and football tailgate.  The  annual meeting followed the agenda of business, updates, and speaker.  The general business gave overviews of the Association [...]

TUNROTC Annual Meeting2022-01-05T12:03:49-06:00

Arthur Lloyd Hensley Jr (1988)


1966 - 2021 Captain Arthur Lloyd Hensley, Jr, United States Navy Surface Warfare Officer (Retired) serving from 1988-2016 passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at the age of 55. He was born on July 24, 1966 in Nashville, TN. Lloyd (Paw Paw) is survived by his wife of 32 years Lauren Heisler Hensley; daughters Emma Taylor(Christian), Rachel Hensley(Brad), and Caroline Hensley; grandchildren Nora and Thomas Taylor; mother Janet; siblings Lisa (Bob), Kent, and Tim (DeAnna); nephews Taylor (Cate) and Trevor; aunts and uncles Carol (Dick), Jim, Betsy (Mike), and Diane; and countless cousins, friends, and his [...]

Arthur Lloyd Hensley Jr (1988)2023-03-28T16:15:26-05:00

Wilbert L. Argus Jr (1962)


1940 - 2018 Wilbert L. 'Bill' Argus Jr., 78, of New Orleans, died November 27, 2018 in the home he designed and built for his family in Lakeview. Mr. Argus was a renowned architect, mentor, and designer of numerous churches and other structures for the Roman Catholic Archdioceses of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Biloxi, and Mobile, as well as schools for the St. Tammany Parish School Board. Born August 3, 1940 in New Orleans, Bill spent his formative years in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi where he was Valedictorian of the Class of 1957 at St. Stanislaus High [...]

Wilbert L. Argus Jr (1962)2023-03-28T16:15:52-05:00

James Robert Pond (1981)


1959 - 2021 James Robert Pond, Director of Transportation for Monroe County, 62, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. He was born Aug. 24, 1959, in Oak Park, IL to James Burton III and Marguerite (Scaer) Pond. Jim married Mary Alice Whiting on April 20, 1991. They celebrated their 30th anniversary this year. Jim has been a member of Pittsford Community Church for over fifteen years, including six years as a trustee, and was actively involved in the church choir. He was involved in many community activities over the years, including riding with the Saturday morning bike [...]

James Robert Pond (1981)2023-03-28T16:16:50-05:00

Douglas Joubert Sr (1952)


1930 - 2011 Douglas Joseph Joubert, Sr passed away suddenly on March 1, 2011 at the age of 80 from complications of double knee replacement surgery. Doug was a giant of a man in many ways and will be greatly missed. Doug was born to Lorraine and August Joubert on November 30, 1930. He had one sister Celeste Joubert Gagnon. Doug was an excellent student and played every sport he could. He attended St Aloysius High school where his continued good work was rewarded with an ROTC scholarship to Tulane University where he graduated in Chemistry. It [...]

Douglas Joubert Sr (1952)2023-03-28T16:17:14-05:00

Fall Commissionings 2021


On Friday, September 17, 2021, Brett James Harris was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.  The small ceremony was held in the Navy Building on the Tulane University Campus.  Surrounded by family, 2ndLt Hargis took the oath of office from Captain Dorinda Pintos.  His father, MSgt Bobby Hargis, USAF Ret., and his step-father, MGySgt Ricky Hart, USMC Ret. pinned on his bars.    A native of Louisiana and a graduate of the University of New Orleans in Business Administration, 2ndLt Hargis is looking forward to starting his Marine Corps career as a Ground Officer.  He will attend The [...]

Fall Commissionings 20212023-02-10T08:54:28-06:00

Jerome Riehl (2008)


March 20, 2017 Captain Jerome Riehl, USMC (Ret) 38, of Hernando, Miss., passed away March 20, 2017. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Hernando. Jerome is survived by his wife Sarah Riehl of Hernando, children, Thomas, Allison, Lauren, Hannah, Gabriella, Benjamin and Emma Riehl all of Hernando, parents, Alice and John Newman of Slidell, La., siblings, Christopher Riehl of Waco, Texas, Thomas Riehl of Dallas, Texas, Timothy Riehl of Columbus, Ga., Nicole Riehl of Slidell, La., Armand Riehl of Savanah, Ga., Patricia Andre of Bay St. Louis, Miss., Jacquelyn Talvin of Gulfport, Miss., [...]

Jerome Riehl (2008)2023-03-28T16:18:03-05:00

George Murphy Herbert Markey Jr. (51)


June 17, 2021 George Murphy Herbert Markey, Jr. passed away peacefully at his home in Metairie on Thursday, June 17, 2021, with his loving wife of 25 years, Josie, by his side. He was 92 years old. George was a native of New Orleans having been born on Desire Street on January 12, 1929. He is survived by his wife Josephine Hay Markey, his children Patricia Hanley (Tom) of Houston, TX, Germaine Brupbacher (Guy) of Pass Christian, MS, George M. Markey, III and three stepdaughters, Lisa Hay Rourke (Brian), Elizabeth Hay Roberts (John) of Houston, TX and [...]

George Murphy Herbert Markey Jr. (51)2023-03-28T15:54:04-05:00

Spring Awards Ceremony 2021


Tulane NROTC Awards Ceremony 2021 The Tulane Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps Awards Ceremony was held on April 21, 2021.  Awards and Recipients 1. THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION NATIONAL DEFENSE ROTC AWARD Presented to: MIDN 4/C LaPata      This award is presented to a MIDN who has demonstrated loyalty, patriotism, dependability, good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership ability, and a patriotic understanding of the importance of ROTC training. 2. THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE WORLD WARS AWARD Presented to: MIDN 4/C Lord     This award and medal are presented to the 4/C MIDN who has [...]

Spring Awards Ceremony 20212021-06-22T07:17:36-05:00

Change of Command May 2021


Tulane University Naval Officer Training Corps got a new Professor of Naval Science on May 28, 2021.  Captain Daniel J. Senesky, USN was relieved by Captain Paul Bowdich, USN in a moving ceremony held on the deck of the Navy Building on the Tulane Campus.  Following all COVID guidelines, the Change of Command evoked the time honored traditions of the US Navy; especially on the cusp of Memorial Day.  Family members, friends, midshipmen, unit staff, newly commissioned officers, Tulane deans, and Alumni Association members were on hand to witness the ceremony in person and on Zoom.     Welcome Aboard [...]

Change of Command May 20212022-06-28T09:51:16-05:00

Commissioning 2021


On May 21, 2021, eight midshipmen culminated their college NROTC training with a commission in the US Navy or the US Marine Corps.  The ceremony originally scheduled to be held at the Southern Yacht Club on the New Orleans Lakefront was moved to the Navy Building on the Tulane University Campus, due to weather related issues.  Following all COVID precautions, the men and women took the oath of office and embarked upon their new careers.  Three graduates entered the Marine Corps and five graduates went into the Navy.  Two Naval ensigns are destined to be surface warfare officers, two are [...]

Commissioning 20212022-06-28T09:53:58-05:00

December 2020 Commissioning


For the second year in a row, the Tulane NROTC Unit held a rare December Commissioning on Sunday, December 20, 2020.  At 1:30 in the afternoon at the Navy Building, a new Ensign was commissioned for the United States Navy.  The Tulane NROTC Alumni Association welcomes Matthew R. Drury as its newest member.  Mr. Drury hails from Georgia and is looking forward to his future in the Navy.  He is service assigned as a Student Naval Flight Officer and will report to Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, Florida.  He is a Tulane University Graduate who majored in Quantitative Economics.  The [...]

December 2020 Commissioning2023-02-10T08:57:26-06:00

Awards Ceremony 2020


The event was held on September 22, 2020.  Originally, scheduled for the spring the ceremony was postponed until fall.  Awards to graduating midshipmen were presented at their commissioning.  Awards and Recipients New Orleans DAR National Defense Gold Medal  MIDN 3/C Peliya Waters USAA Spirit Award    MIDN 2/C Kevin Emilus Nat’l Def Chmn, Nat’l Soc of Daug of the Founders and Patriots of Amer Award           MIDN 2/C Aizlyn Zupkus Mil Officers Assoc of America Award MIDN 2/C  The Military of the World Wars Award of Merit MIDN 2/C Evan McCollum Geo [...]

Awards Ceremony 20202023-02-09T18:01:01-06:00

2020 Commissioning


Please welcome the newly commissioned Ensigns and 2nd Lieutenant. Ensign Samuel Beal Ensign Torsten Blue Ensign Zachary Byrne Ensign Jamie Ferrari Ensign Jack Gibbons Ensign Evan Hughes Ensign Robert Ivey Ensign Bryna Loranger Ensign Isabella Mastendino Ensign Sean Panish 2nd Lt. Nicole Trusty (commissioned in December 2019) There were a total of eleven graduates from Tulane and Xavier            10 Navy 4 Aviation (pilot) 1 Aviation (flight officer)  4 Surface 1 Nuclear Surface           1 Marine Corps All midshipmen got their first choice of duty preference. May 15, 2020 was the date [...]

2020 Commissioning2020-10-25T10:43:09-05:00

New Awards Plaques


At our General Meeting on November 1, 2019, two new plaques were unveiled on the Quarter Deck of our Navy Building for permanent display.  Your Tulane Naval ROTC Alumni Association paid for, obtained, and presented these plaques to the Unit.   The first plaque lists the names of recent award winners of the Wintle Award.  This award, presented to an outstanding Naval Midshipman, commemorates LCDR Jack W. Wintle, USN.  He was an NROTC Instructor here at Tulane from1940 to 1942, who was  killed in action aboard the heavy cruiser San Francisco (CA-38) during the Battle of Salvo Island on 13 [...]

New Awards Plaques2020-07-02T09:54:29-05:00

Notre Dame Leadership Conference 2020


The Alumni Association through generous donations was able to sponsor two midshipmen to attend the Notre Dame Leadership Conference in South Bend, Indiana.  MIDN 2/C Harris and MIDN 2/C Hargis came away with a wonderful learning experience and gave special thanks to alumni, John Stelly and Fritz Teuscher, who provided generous donations.     From January 30 through February 2, 2020, the two midshipmen joined their peers from around the country.  They heard speakers from all walks of the military life and gained greater insights.  Impressive orators included, Captain Jonathan Duffy, DESRON 15; Vice Admiral Mary M. Jackson, USN SWO;  [...]

Notre Dame Leadership Conference 20202020-04-22T18:01:12-05:00

Tulane NROTC Mardi Gras Drill Meet 2020


The Tulane Naval ROTC Mardi Gras Drill Meet was held on Friday, February 21, 2020 on the Tulane University campus.  The University Center Quad, Newcomb Quad, and Brown Quad were utilized for the contest.  Students from around the country came together for the competitions of Color Guard, Individual Exhibition, Platoon Inspection, Platoon Armed Basic Drill, Squad Basic Drill, and Platoon Exhibition.  The University Center Ballroom was used for team meeting and set-up.  Norwich University had a great group of supporters in the form of University President Richard Schneider and numerous alumni from around the country.  The group was not disappointed as Norwich [...]

Tulane NROTC Mardi Gras Drill Meet 20202021-03-16T09:36:59-05:00

Women Making Waves Featured Speaker


Women Making Waves Featured Speaker Tulane University hosted the sixth Women Making Waves Conference on March 7, 2020.  Held in the LBC University Center, the focus was “How Global Events Ignite Leaders”; which fit right into the program goal of highlighting alumnae career and leadership successes. Commander Audry Oxley (2001) filled that mandate and was one of the featured speakers.  The Alumni Association applauds CMDR Oxley for her elan, support, and positive representation of the Navy and her alma mater.  Tulane included a mini- bio for all speakers, including  CMDR Oxley. In addition our association produced a handout highlighting other [...]

Women Making Waves Featured Speaker2020-06-25T14:17:52-05:00

December 2019 Commissioning


The Tulane NROTC Unit held a rare December Commissioning on Friday, December 20, 2019.  At 6 o’clock in the evening in the Navy Building, a new Second Lieutenant was commissioned for the United States Marine Corps.  The Tulane NROTC Alumni Association welcomes Nicole Trusty as its newest member.  Ms. Trusty hails from Florida and is looking forward to her future travels with the Marine Corps; the first to The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia.  She is a Tulane University Graduate who majored in Homeland Security.  The Commissioning Ceremony was a traditional affair with family and friends around to support her.  [...]

December 2019 Commissioning2022-06-28T10:57:34-05:00

Homecoming 2019


Homecoming 2019 is on the books.  The Tulane NROTC Alumni Annual Meeting and Reunion was a success.  It was a wonderful chance for everyone to come together and reconnect.  The Annual Meeting gave an overview of the Association and of the Unit.  Captain Senesky presented the state of the unit address.  He highlighted the achievements of the staff and midshipmen.  The Association covered the required business of election of board members, financial reporting, and the association activities.  A special presentation was given by Mike Henry (1965) on the Vietnam History Project, an initiative to document the contributions [...]

Homecoming 20192020-01-29T08:31:07-06:00
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