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A Not-So-Normal Fall Semester for the Army ROTC Program

The global pandemic continued to present a challenge for fall semester, but the Army ROTC department decisively pushed onward. While many of our cadets were remote for the semester, we were able to conduct military science classes and laboratory via new mediums such as and Microsoft Teams.

Special Operations Command (SOCOM) flew in a team of operators and contractors to attack technical focus areas during our annual Hackathon. The Hackathon team gathered critical feedback from the operators, developed hardware and software prototypes, and briefed these projects to senior leaders.

Training future second lieutenants remained the Army ROTC’s focus during Mega Lab #1 and #2. These valuable training exercises allowed cadets an outlet to everyday academia and integration into university life during the pandemic. Mega Lab #3 allowed the cadets to play paintball to hone their tactical and leadership skills.

The seventh annual Vets and Cadets event allowed active duty and reserve officers from our adjacent schools to provide mentorship by connecting with cadets. The 23 Advanced Civil Schooling and Troop Program Unit officers are a valuable asset to our program by sharing their stories and enhancing the instruction and training for the cadets.

Finally, the MIT Army ROTC Cadre would like to say a fond farewell to two of our cadre. We would like to congratulate now Master Sargeant Sean Kirk for his promotion and dedication to duty and our cadets. We also say farewell to our Commander, Lieutenant Colonel David Stalker, who will take battalion command at Joint Base Lewis McCord, Washington. Our cadets and cadre thank you!

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— Lisa Morin, Army ROTC