Tulane NROTC Taffrail Log Summer 2024


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.   [...]

Tulane NROTC Taffrail Log Summer 20242024-06-26T08:52:00-05:00

Tulane NROTC Taffrail Log Winter 2023


Alumni News 85th Anniversary Luncheon We held our luncheon honoring the 85th Anniversary of the Navy ROTC Unit at the Unit Building on Thursday, 19 October 2023.  The luncheon was very successful.  It was led off by the Marine Forces Reserve Band, which gave a medley of songs before the event as well as playing the National Anthem and Service Anthems during the event. Our guest speaker, Bob Vince (1983), gave a wonderful and insightful speech about his time at Tulane NROTC, in the Navy, and in Nuclear Energy Program post-Navy.  The Provost, Dr. Robin Forman, attended the luncheon and [...]

Tulane NROTC Taffrail Log Winter 20232024-06-17T07:44:16-05:00

Tulane Joint Commissioning 2024


Tulane University held the third Joint Commissioning for the ROTC Units on campus.  Hosted by the US Air Force ROTC this year, the event was followed by a wonderful reception in the Navy Building.  The event was well attended and even live-streamed from Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse on May 8, 2024 beginning at 9:30 am.  Mollye Domosthenidy, Dean of Newcomb College, gave the welcome.  She emphasized the call to serve, noting that the commissionees have over 12,ooo hours of service.  Michael Fitts, President of Tulane, delivered an address where he praised the future leaders who will [...]

Tulane Joint Commissioning 20242024-05-31T10:09:38-05:00

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. 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

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. Chris Otto (2002), the Executive Officer of [...]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ens Jahn USS Curtis Wilbur


190309-N-JN784-1222 PHILIPPINE SEA (March 9, 2019)- Ensign Austin Jahn mans his watch station in the Combat Information Center aboard USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). U.S. Navy warships train together to increase the tactical proficiency, lethality, and interoperability of participating units in an Era of Great Power Competition. (U.S. navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alexandra Seeley)

Ens Jahn USS Curtis Wilbur2022-06-27T11:58:26-05:00

USS Roosevelt


NORWEGIAN SEA (July 5, 2021) Ensign Bryna Loranger, right, gives training to Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Shurette Nelloms during an anti-terrorism drill aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), July 4, 2021. Roosevelt, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its second patrol in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrea Rumple) Learn more at

USS Roosevelt2022-06-22T15:50:18-05:00

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

Women Making Waves 2021


CDR Jacobson Commander Katie (Hagen) Jacobson is a sixteen-year veteran of the United States Navy and is the Executive Officer of USS NITZE (DDG 94) in Norfolk, VA. On March 3, 2021 she participated as a featured speaker in Tulane's Alumni Association Women Making Waves 2021. Each year the Office of Alumni Relations celebrates the career successes of our alumnae in order to further inspire and motivate Tulane women to seek leadership positions in the workplace and in their communities. This year’s panel discussions will include Herstories, where alumnae share their personal journeys to professional success, and Pathways to [...]

Women Making Waves 20212022-01-05T08:37:28-06:00

Capt. Kevin Kennedy (92) – PNS U. Virginia


Captain Kevin Kennedy (92) has assumed command of Naval ROTC at the University of Virginia. Captain Kevin Kennedy graduated from Tulane University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1994. He is a 2006 graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra, Australia and earned a Master in Maritime Studies Degree from the University of Wollongong in 2007. Captain Kennedy’s operational assignments include Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron FOURTEEN (HS-14), Carrier Air Wing TWO (CVW-2), Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron TWO (HS-2), Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron FIFTEEN (HS-15) and Helicopter [...]

Capt. Kevin Kennedy (92) – PNS U. Virginia2021-06-05T06:35:07-05:00

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

History Presentation Sept 22,2020


Due to the circumstances of the day, the start is delayed. For convenience skip ahead 3:30 to see Tim Huete begin the presentation.

History Presentation Sept 22,20202020-10-27T17:56:37-05:00

Annual Meeting October 2020


Annual Association meeting held October 15, 2020. Simply click the play button and the recording will appear.

Annual Meeting October 20202020-10-27T13:03:08-05:00

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

Tulane’s NROTC Polar Explorer


How a Tulane NROTC Alumni had an island named after him. Operation HIGHJUMP was officially named “The US Navy Antarctic Development Project 1946-1947”. It was led by Admiral Richard Byrd, the already famous Polar explorer. HIGHJUMP had a primary mission of establishing a permanent US base in Antarctica. It had numerous secondary missions including: training in Antarctic operations, establishing US sovereignty, scientific research, and mapping. Operation HIGHJUMP did not include map-control surveys for geodetic ground control needed to produce accurate maps. Operation WINDMILL was officially named “The US Navy Antarctic Development Project 1947-1948”. WINDMILL had a primary mission of obtaining [...]

Tulane’s NROTC Polar Explorer2020-12-02T19:42:59-06:00

Lt. Louis Tulane Bass, Jr. – 1943


Louis Tulane Bass, Jr. was an Alumnus of the Tulane NROTC Unit. He was KIA [BNR] on 16 June 1945 over the Bay of Makassar, Sulawesi Province, Netherlands East Indies (now the country of Indonesia). He is also a descendent of the Paul Tulane family. This is his story. Tulane became a private university in 1884 when the public University of Louisiana was reorganized and named in honor of benefactor Paul Tulane, a wealthy merchant who bequeathed more than $1 million to endow a university "for the promotion and encouragement of intellectual, moral and industrial education." A native of Princeton, [...]

Lt. Louis Tulane Bass, Jr. – 19432022-06-28T14:27:11-05:00

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

Tulane NROTC Taffrail Log Spring 2020


Congratulations!!  The Tulane NROTC Alumni Association celebrates all of the Alumni who have been recently lauded.   General David Berger (1981) Commandant of the Marine Corps, will be recognized with the Tulane Distinguished Alumni at the Tulane University Alumni Awards Gala. 2nd LT Nicole Trusty (2019) was presented with the Barrow Award from the Association for outstanding military bearing.   Ensign Bryna Loranger (2020) won the Wintle Award from the Association for her superior performance this year. Don Vinci (1979) was selected to be the School of Science and [...]

Tulane NROTC Taffrail Log Spring 20202022-06-28T09:55:48-05:00

Lt jg Ashley Kiple (16) Ship Handler of the Year


The USS Little Rock Gold Crew Ship Handler of the Year is Lt.j.g. Ashley Kiple. The Ship handler of the year award is given to Surface Warfare Officers who demonstrate superior performance while standing Officer of The Deck Underway onboard the Navy’s newest platform, the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship. Kiple is from Virginia and received her commission from Tulane University. Her qualifications include Surface Warfare, Officer of the Deck, and Anti-terrorism Tactical Watch Officer. She was previously stationed onboard the USS Chafee (DDG 90). Surface Warfare Officers are Naval officers whose training and primary duties focus on the operation of [...]

Lt jg Ashley Kiple (16) Ship Handler of the Year2021-06-05T06:55:40-05:00

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

Naval ROTC


My freshman year I lived on the second floor of Phelps House, the freshman dorm. We shared a bathroom with three other two-man rooms.  The student dorm advisor was in NROTC and thought it would be neat to have a “Navy Suite”, so all of my suitemates were on NROTC scholarships.  That meant that on Thursday nights, the place smelled of shoe polish and Brasso as all eight of us got our uniforms ready for Friday’s drill. The summer after my freshman year, I ended up on the USS Lake Champlain, an anti submarine aircraft carrier.  It was the last [...]

Naval ROTC2021-01-16T17:31:25-06:00

Commissioning 2019


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


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 Officers2022-06-28T11:06:03-05:00

Naval ROTC Awards and Change of Command 2019


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


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 Book2022-06-28T11:13:40-05:00

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


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 Award2022-06-28T14:29:36-05:00

Jim Hunter (76) Awarded Doctor of Ministry


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 Ministry2022-06-28T11:20:58-05:00

Alumni Association Support for Midshipman


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 Midshipman2019-11-24T08:25:29-06:00

Steve DeMatteo (96) Retires


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


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


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 19812020-05-12T13:51:23-05:00
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