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Commissioning 2019

2019-09-13T16:16:38-05:00

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!!! The Navy Building on the campus of Tulane University was the site of the 2019 commissioning.  Six men and women received their commissions in the Navy and Marine Corps.  The ceremony began at 9:30 AM with the Marching On and the National Anthem.  Captain Fred Holcombe, Chaplain for Marine Forces Reserve, gave the Invocation.  The Professor of Naval Science, Captain D. Senesky, welcomed all guest and honorees.  He said this occasion marked an impressive celebration of accomplishment for the students and the staff.  He recognized special attendees including Captain Patrick Huete, USN Ret, former [...]

Commissioning 20192019-09-13T16:16:38-05:00

Hail and Farewell to Unit Officers

2019-09-13T13:01:37-05:00

Farewell and Following Seas The Unit Staff said Farewell to four members, as they depart for new adventures:.     MSgt Bryan Smith, Asst Marine Officer Instructor     LT Nicholas Munns:, Freshman and Submarine Advisor     Capt. Donald Meyer, Marine Officer Instructor     LT Crystal Gonzales, Sophomore & Surface Warfare Advisor Hail and Welcome Aboard                        The Unit Staff has Hailed new staff members as they begin their latest assignments: LT Carlos Thillet  - Junior and Surface Warfare Advisor LT Jeremy Jorge – Freshman & Submarine Warfare Advisor Capt. Dorinda Pintos – Marine Officer Instructor [...]

Hail and Farewell to Unit Officers2019-09-13T13:01:37-05:00

Naval ROTC Awards and Change of Command 2019

2019-09-13T16:20:11-05:00

Early morning on 9 April, 2019, the Tulane NROTC Battalion formed up on the Tulane University Center Quad for the annual Change of Command and Awards Ceremony. The Change of Command was the first order of business with Midn 1/C William Pankey being relieved of command and Midn 2/C Samuel Beal taking the helm as the new Battalion Commander.  A Pass in Review impressed the crowd gathered for the event. The midshipmen then fell into a close formation for the Awards Ceremony.  The Alumni Association presented our two awards, the LCDR Jack Wintle and the General Robert H. Barrow Awards, [...]

Naval ROTC Awards and Change of Command 20192019-09-13T16:20:11-05:00

Earl Higgins(63) Pens a New Book

2019-09-12T14:01:25-05:00

Pelican Publishers approached Earl Higgins, class of 1963, a few years ago and asked him to write a new book.  They wanted to put out a 100 Catholic list to join their 100 Jewish list.   Thus was born 100 Catholic Things to Do Before You Die.  Earl was an English major at Tulane who went on to get a law degree.  After retiring from both the Navy and the US Court of Appeals, he is now a ranger at Jean Lafitte National Park and an author.  His other books are Metairie, Ames, High:  The Streets of Jefferson Parish and The [...]

Earl Higgins(63) Pens a New Book2019-09-12T14:01:25-05:00

Judge Thomas C Wicker (44) Recipient of Scott Cowen Service Award

2019-09-15T18:52:55-05:00

On Saturday,  April 6, 2019 in the US Freedom Pavilion of the National World War II Museum, the Honorable Thomas C. Wicker, Jr. (RET) was awarded the Scott Cowen Service Award for exceptional contributions to Tulane University and the community.    The setting was a fitting location as Judge Wicker is a charter member of the National World War II Museum.   He is a member of the Tulane NROTC Class of 1944 and is a long-time Board Member of the Tulane NROTC Alumni Association. Thomas Wicker graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in 1944.  He was [...]

Judge Thomas C Wicker (44) Recipient of Scott Cowen Service Award2019-09-15T18:52:55-05:00

Jim Hunter (76) Awarded Doctor of Ministry

2019-08-30T09:25:30-05:00

Jim Hunter informed us that he was awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania on May 11, 2019 at 10 am.  It was a perfectly beautiful, sunny, cool day (it rains more days than not in Western Pennsylvania).  His wife, Jeannine, was able to see the campus for the first time.  Jim's thesis is titled Confirmation, Community, and Commitment: Evaluating Church Attendance at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary, Albuquerque, New Mexico. He had been working on the thesis for six years (2013-2019), while working full-time.  "I am still not over the fact [...]

Jim Hunter (76) Awarded Doctor of Ministry2019-08-30T09:25:30-05:00

Alumni Association Support for Midshipman

2019-09-15T12:31:23-05:00

Support for the Midshipmen Battalion is a key function on our Alumni Association.  Members continue to provide financial support. To date in 2019 the association and individual members have anted up to fund: Extensive renovation of the Wardroom. Air travel, admission fees and lodging for two Midshipman to attend the annual Notre Dame Naval Leadership Weekend. Tulane Naval ROTC workout gear in USMC and USN versions. In addition, the Archive Committee is always interested in yearbooks, newsletters, (Logs and Helms), photographs, biographies, and oral histories.  Please consider all the ways to give back to your Tulane Naval ROTC Alumni Association. [...]

Alumni Association Support for Midshipman2019-09-15T12:31:23-05:00

Steve DeMatteo (96) Retires

2019-09-13T12:31:56-05:00

DeMatteo retired from the Marine Corps after 23 years of Active and Reserve service.  A CH-53E pilot, Steve was stationed with Marine Air Group 16 at MCAS Miramar, CA from where he deployed numerous times, participating in Operation Enduring Freedom, the amphibious invasion of Afghanistan as well as numerous other sorties in Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He also served as an MOI and Associate PNS at University of South Florida.  Upon resigning his active commission in 2007, he served in numerous billets throughout the Marine Reserves. Pictured are various Tulane NROTC shipmates who attended his retirement ceremony. [...]

Steve DeMatteo (96) Retires2019-09-13T12:31:56-05:00

Watson Wardroom Facelift

2019-04-12T10:16:09-05:00

Thanks to the family of Louis Watson (1960) the Wardroom in the Navy ROTC Building received a magnificent facelift.  The Unveiling and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on the evening of March 29, 2019 and all lauded the outcome.  Larry Tortorich, class of 1978, and father of alumni John (2018) and Michael (2017) attended and expressed his pleasure as “Wow!  What an incredible and beautiful Wardroom!”  He could not wait to share photos with his sons. The update was made possible due to the generosity of Louis Hanner Watson (deceased), class of 1960, and his family.  During his time at [...]

Watson Wardroom Facelift2019-04-12T10:16:09-05:00

Alumni Spotlight: General David H. Berger – Class of 1981

2019-08-26T15:50:58-05:00

General Berger is currently serving as the 38th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. General Berger was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1981 following graduation from Tulane University, Naval ROTC. As a Lieutenant and Captain, he served as platoon commander in 1st Marine Division, and later as company commander and Battalion Operations Officer in 2d Reconnaissance Battalion during Operation DESERT STORM. He also served as Officer Selection Officer in Roanoke, Virginia. As a field grade officer, Lieutenant General Berger was an instructor at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) in Yuma, Arizona; instructor at III [...]

Alumni Spotlight: General David H. Berger – Class of 19812019-08-26T15:50:58-05:00

New Commanding Officer

2019-04-12T10:22:33-05:00

Welcome to Captain Daniel J. Senesky as the new Commanding Officer of the Tulane NROTC Unit. He arrived at the beginning of the school year and has had a chance to enjoy the university and the city. Captain Senesky is a Surface Warfare Officer who hails from New Jersey. He graduated with a BA in Broadcasting from Pennsylvania State University and a MA in International Relations from Salve Regina University. During his career, he has spent time aboard the USS Pyro, USS Carl Vinson, USS Fitzgerald, USS Higgins, and USS Gary running the gamut from Division Officer to CO. [...]

New Commanding Officer2019-04-12T10:22:33-05:00

Dean Kimberly Foster, Ph.D.

2019-08-26T16:00:50-05:00

Kimberly Foster arrived at Tulane in August 2018 to assume responsibilities as Dean, School of Science and Engineering (SS&E). Association members Brian Bourgeois (82) and Tom Dolan (75) met with Dean Foster  to discuss the role of SS&E in attracting Midshipman candidates to Tulane Naval ROTC. NROTC scholarships are allocated across three tiers of degree. Additional SS&E  tier 1  degree programs would provide more opportunities for NROTC scholarships. Engineering degree programs are tier 1. Dean Foster was pleased to discuss her plans and issues related to increasing the number of Engineering programs in the context of Tulane's focus on interdisciplinary studies and the [...]

Dean Kimberly Foster, Ph.D.2019-08-26T16:00:50-05:00

Douglas Hurley (88)

2019-08-26T16:01:03-05:00

Doug Hurley, class of 1988, was pictured in the Wall Street Journal  (right side) discussing manned space exploration on the day Elon Musk's rocket launch. Hurley has been chosen to be part of the SpaceX Commercial Crew.  He will be on the test flight of the Dragon in April.   https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/commercial/crew/index.html

Douglas Hurley (88)2019-08-26T16:01:03-05:00

46th Annual Mardi Gras Drill Meet Won by Texas A&M

2019-09-13T12:37:18-05:00

Our Battalion conducted another successful Mardi Gras drill meet March 1,2019. Twenty six teams competed with Texas A&M coming in first, Norwich University second and USMA West Point at third. “I hope that each competing unit walks away with the realization that practice and commitment do, in fact, pay off in very rewarding ways,” said Tulane NROTC unit Commanding Officer, Capt. Daniel Senesky. “For the Tulane Midshipman Battalion, I hope that they, too, recognize that the long hours spent planning and coordinating the many facets of this event were well worth it.” “The number one focus of the Mardi Gras [...]

46th Annual Mardi Gras Drill Meet Won by Texas A&M2019-09-13T12:37:18-05:00

Honorary Lifetime Membership Award

2019-09-12T11:56:57-05:00

At Homecoming, The Honorary Lifetime Membership Award was presented to Captain Patrick Huete for his constant and unfailing support of the Alumni Association during his tenure as the Professor of Naval Science. Humbled and honored described Captain Huete as he was awarded the plaque. He felt it was a privilege to be able to be at Tulane University and was thrilled to have an opportunity to spend a part of his Naval career in his hometown.

Honorary Lifetime Membership Award2019-09-12T11:56:57-05:00

Letter to the Alumni from Captain Patrick Huete

2019-08-26T16:01:31-05:00

As I reflect on the four years I spent as PNS I am very grateful for the opportunity to have led such a talented group of midshipmen and staff, both uniform and civilian. There was no better way to wind up my career, working a great job in the city I love. Tulane NROTC is truly unique, and my interactions with other units throughout my tour only reinforced my belief in this fact. Shrimp and crawfish boils, Carnival parades, the Mardi Gras Drill Meet, and the Run for the Fallen are just some of the events that separate the [...]

Letter to the Alumni from Captain Patrick Huete2019-08-26T16:01:31-05:00

Naval ROTC Homecoming 2018

2019-04-16T15:08:07-05:00

Our association hosted a Homecoming Party at the Navy Building on Friday afternoon, November 9, 2018. The event was a catered affair that had alumni sharing stories and enjoying camaraderie. The Class of 1993 had a great turnout of alumni and was thrilled to be with one another again. Several attendees decided to become lifetime members. The business portion of the meeting saw the approval of the slate of board members and an address by the association president. The new alumni website was unveiled with many thanks to Tom Dolan for his hard work. Next, the new Commanding Officer, [...]

Naval ROTC Homecoming 20182019-04-16T15:08:07-05:00

Awards: Midshipmen Receive 2018 Honors

2018-09-08T18:56:39-05:00

Association Board Members Present Graduation Awards to Midshipman 1/C Madeline Smith and Midshipman 1/C Jacob Marvell. The Alumni Association presented two awards.  The LCDR Jack Wintle Award goes to an exceptional senior Navy Option and the General Robert H. Barrow Award goes to an outstanding senior Marine Option. Tim Huete, Alumni Association President, and Gregory Kahn, Treasurer, were at the ceremony to present these deserving midshipmen with the honors. The Wintle Award went to Midshipman 1/C Madeline Smith. She hails from Louisville, Kentucky and will graduate from Tulane University with a degree in Economics. She is looking forward to a [...]

Awards: Midshipmen Receive 2018 Honors2018-09-08T18:56:39-05:00

Shout-Out: Mardi Gras Drill Meet

2018-09-08T18:54:51-05:00

Every year the Tulane Naval ROTC battalion hosts one of the largest drill meets in the nation. Traditionally held on the Friday before Fat Tuesday, the battalion faces one of its most difficult tasks all year–organizing, running, and accounting for the 30+ universities from across the nation that elect to attend. The drill meet consists of Platoon Inspection, Platoon Armed Basic Drill, Squad Basic Drill, Color Guard, Platoon Exhibition, and Individual Exhibition. The events will be judged by senior enlisted Marines whose thorough knowledge of the drill manual and drill competitions make them more than up to the task. [...]

Shout-Out: Mardi Gras Drill Meet2018-09-08T18:54:51-05:00