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Arthur Wade Foss, Jr. (Class of 1944)

2023-11-29T10:43:55-06:00

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

Wilmer Grant Collier Jr. (1960)

2023-09-11T08:30:50-05:00

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

2024-01-01T14:03:07-06:00

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)

2023-09-20T15:26:14-05:00

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)

2023-08-08T09:14:35-05:00

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)

2023-06-17T11:19:38-05:00

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

2023-06-16T06:58:59-05:00

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)

2023-07-24T08:11:28-05:00

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)

2023-03-28T16:11:44-05:00

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)

2023-03-28T16:13:04-05:00

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)

2023-03-28T16:13:24-05:00

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

2022 Alumni Gatherings

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

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

2023-02-13T09:18:44-06:00

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

2023-02-09T17:58:37-06:00

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

2023-02-13T08:42:29-06:00

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

2022-08-22T08:34:03-05:00

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

DOD ROTC Partnership Excellence Award

2022-08-17T14:47:34-05:00

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

Fall Commissionings 2021

2023-02-10T08:54:28-06:00

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

USS Roosevelt

2022-06-22T15:50:18-05:00

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 https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6721703/uss-roosevelt

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

Change of Command May 2021

2022-06-28T09:51:16-05:00

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

2022-06-28T09:53:58-05:00

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

2022-01-05T08:37:28-06:00

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

2021-06-05T06:35:07-05:00

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

2023-02-10T08:57:26-06:00

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

2023-02-09T18:01:01-06:00

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

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

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

2020-07-02T09:54:29-05:00

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

2022-06-28T09:55:48-05:00

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.  https://alumniawards.tulane.edu 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.  https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6721703/uss-roosevelt Don Vinci (1979) was selected to be the School of Science and [...]

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

Notre Dame Leadership Conference 2020

2020-04-22T18:01:12-05:00

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

2021-03-16T09:36:59-05:00

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

2020-06-25T14:17:52-05:00

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

2022-06-28T10:57:34-05:00

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

2020-01-29T08:31:07-06:00

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

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

Notre Dame Leadership Conference 2019

2019-09-13T13:06:32-05:00

The Alumni Association, through generous donations from various members, was able to sponsor two midshipmen to attend the Notre Dame Leadership Conference in South Bend, Indiana.  MIDN 2/C Trusty and MIDN 2/C Mastendino came away with a wonderful learning experience and gave special thanks to alumni sponsors John Stelly,  James McGowan, and Fritz Teuscher. From 7-10 February 2019, the two midshipmen joined their peers from around the country.  They heard speakers from all walks of the military life and gained greater insights into what is happening in the world as related to the military—particularly the Navy and Marine Corps—and some [...]

Notre Dame Leadership Conference 20192019-09-13T13:06:32-05:00

Hail and Farewell to Unit Officers

2022-06-28T11:06:03-05:00

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

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

Alumni Association Support for Midshipman

2019-11-24T08:25:29-06:00

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

Naval ROTC Alumni Takes Second at TU Novel Tech Challenge

2019-09-12T20:00:56-05:00

Timothy E Gressett (07) led his team to second place in the 2019 Tulane School of Science and Engineering Novel Tech Challenge. Student teams compete in the annual event by developing ideas that improve the environment, human health, education and urban infrastructure through technology. Gressett's team set out to develop a method to identify pathogens by their DNA fingerprint, without the need for expensive equipment, trained technicians or electricity. The team won second place with a scheme to diagnose disease rapidly, accurately and inexpensively. Their $5000 prize will go toward further development with a goal to deploy the technology in [...]

Naval ROTC Alumni Takes Second at TU Novel Tech Challenge2019-09-12T20:00:56-05:00

From the Desk of the PNS

2019-04-11T19:10:18-05:00

Dear Alumni, Greetings from the corner of Freret and McAlister! This is my first offering for this newsletter since assuming command of the unit in October 2018. Patrick Huete is a hard act to follow, and I’ve consulted with him quite a bit to make sure I’m not standing into danger!  That said, this assignment has already exceeded my expectations in so many ways. My wife, Lorraine, often asks “how was work?” I simply tell her: “it’s really not work.” I thoroughly enjoy what I do, and that is primarily due to the outstanding active duty staff and midshipman [...]

From the Desk of the PNS2019-04-11T19:10:18-05:00

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

2020-05-12T13:51:23-05:00

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

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)

2023-03-22T09:31:59-05:00

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)2023-03-22T09:31:59-05:00

Honorable Barry W. Ashe Class of 1978

2023-03-22T09:35:05-05:00

Honorable Barry W Ashe (Tulane Naval ROTC 1978) is confirmed to the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Ashe was nominated by the President and experienced an easy Senate confirmation (20-1 vote).  A New Orleans native, Ashe served on the minesweeper USS Engage after commissioning in 1978. Post active duty Ashe returned to Tulane Law school. Before becoming a judge, he was a partner in the New Orleans office of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C., where his practice spanned a broad range of complex civil and commercial law matters, in both state and federal courts, at trial and [...]

Honorable Barry W. Ashe Class of 19782023-03-22T09:35:05-05:00

Ron Drez (62)

2019-04-11T19:12:13-05:00

Author and historian, Ron Drez, will be leading a tour of France in conjunction of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Ron served as Company Commander Hotel 2/5 1968 (VietNam). He is President of Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours having served both as friend and associate of the distinguished, late historian. He has written many articles for military history magazines and is a contributing author and editor to the Encyclopedia Britannica web site for its Normandy feature. http://www.ronalddrez.com/ https://clarionherald.org/2018/12/12/a-wwii-history-lesson-that-never-gets-old/  

Ron Drez (62)2019-04-11T19:12:13-05:00

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

2020-05-03T15:50:47-05:00

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&M2020-05-03T15:50:47-05:00

Honorary Lifetime Membership Award

2019-11-24T08:27:45-06:00

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 Award2019-11-24T08:27:45-06:00
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