Harvard NROTC

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by sealion, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. sealion

    sealion Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    227
    Likes Received:
    0
    Another amazing Harvard NROTC gal!




    MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO (July 20, 2007) -- From Harvard to the Marine Corps and back, one student at the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program preparatory school is on her way to becoming an officer in the Corps.

    Sgt. Talya C. Havice left Harvard University, Mass., after completing her first year with aspirations of becoming a United States Marine.

    She realized that after 13 years of grade school, and a year of college, she really did not know what she wanted out of school.



    “I found that I was there for the degree and not the experience,” said Havice, a native of Warren, Ohio.

    Havice said her first image of the Marine Corps came shortly after the events occurring on and after Sept. 11. She enlisted with the intent of gaining a broader perspective of what she described as an “extremely professional group of elite warriors.”

    Havice left Harvard with a five-year academic leave of absence allowing her to return to the University within that time without re-applying.

    After her completion of recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., Havice attended the Defense Language institute in Monterrey, Calif., where she became fluent in the Chinese language.

    Her tour in the Marine Corps eventually led her to Iraq where reality of her choices became evident.

    “While I was in Iraq, I realized that everyone I went to Harvard with was graduating at the same time I was overseas,” said Havice. “Still, I have no regrets from the decision I made. I know things I have done would have never happened at Harvard or my small town in Ohio.”

    Even though most of her peers were now moving on to jobs with six-figure salaries, Havice is confident in her choice. While serving in Iraq, she met a second lieutenant in her command who showed her exactly how much difference one officer could make. The lieutenant, along with a personal commitment she made to herself, led her to apply for the MECEP program.

    “Sgt. Havice is a very intelligent and hard-working individual,” said Maj. Aaron P. Shelley, executive officer, MECEP preparatory school. “I have no doubt that she, along with everyone else in the program, have bright futures ahead of them.”

    Shelley, a native of Fairfax, Va., said that in his three years at the school, this is the first time a student will continue pursuing an education at Harvard.

    “Havice performs very well in the classroom environment and even helps tutor the other Marines who need assistance,” said Shelley.

    Havice is scheduled to graduate from MECEP on Aug. 1. From there she will serve the Corps from the schoolhouse by gaining the knowledge she needs to receive her commission.

    “I hope to stay in the intelligence field,” said Havice. “But as a junior officer, it is more about leading Marines then it is about from where you lead them.”
     
  2. sealion

    sealion Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    227
    Likes Received:
    0
  3. sealion

    sealion Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    227
    Likes Received:
    0
    Anonymous Funding

    The article I've linked below discusses the growing presence of ROTC on Harvard's campus.

    http://www.boston.com/news/globe/living/articles/2007/09/29/controversy_at_harvard/

    The interesting twist in the article is that the reporter mistakenly id's the additional funding as coming from advocates for rotc. Advocates does not fund or fund raise.

    The additional funding comes from a few anonymous alumni - most of whom have never served.
     
  4. sealion

    sealion Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    227
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm so proud of these kids!

    Drew Faust's Inauguration at Harvard

    http://www.thecrimson.harvard.edu/article.aspx?ref=519969

    "In an interview last month, Faust called ROTC a “complex issue,” but said that she would consider attending next year’s commissioning ceremony if she were invited."
     
  5. sealion

    sealion Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    227
    Likes Received:
    0
    Harvard Memorial Church

    We visited Harvard last weekend for parent's weekend. Amazing...that's about the best way I can describe it.

    In the middle of Harvard Yard is Memorial Church which was dedicated on Armistice Day 1932 as a tribute to students, professors and alumni who died fighting World War I. The church is the site of many weddings so we stayed only briefly.

    This is the inscription that borders the top of the walls:

    While a bright future beckoned
    they freely gave their lives and fondest hopes
    for us and our
    allies that we might learn from them courage
    in peace to spend
    our lives making a better world for others




    It also has memorials inside for the Korean War:

    TO THE ENDURING MEMORY OF
    THE HARVARD MEN
    WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
    IN THE KOREAN WAR


    And for World War II:

    IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN WORLD WAR II

    And Vietnam:

    TO THE ENDURING MEMORY OF
    THE HARVARD MEN
    WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
    IN THE VIETNAM WAR


    It's kinda tough to read those inscriptions when you're standing next to a young man in NROTC who wants to serve.
     
  6. sealion

    sealion Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    227
    Likes Received:
    0
    The Few the Proud the (Harvard???) Marines

    Advocatesforrotc.org has a great article discussing the presence of Marine veterans on Harvard's campus - especially the grad schools. Nate Fick -"One Bullet Away" - is highlighted as well as some other amazing people.

    The article was reprinted with permission from Proceedings, U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland. So I have not provided a link to the article.

    Captain Maura Sullivan -

    To read the article you'll need to go to advocatesforrotc.org, then go to the Harvard Coverage tab, then click 2000-present, it's link is way at the bottom.
     
  7. sealion

    sealion Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    227
    Likes Received:
    0
    Harvard beats Yale!!

    The final score 37-6 at Yale.

    It's a huge rivalry and was played for the Ivy League Championship.:beer1:
    And was the final game of the season.

    Ya gotta celebrate when you can.
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2007
  8. sealion

    sealion Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    227
    Likes Received:
    0
    Harvard ROTC Aviation Award

    So cool.

    http://www.advocatesforrotc.org/harvard/aviation2007.html
     
  9. sealion

    sealion Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    227
    Likes Received:
    0
    Obliquely relevant

    With New Book Out, Faust Shows Historical Side





    http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=521510

    Drew Faust is the new president of Harvard. She comes from University of Penn which has a great NROTC program - at least I really like it.

    I've met her and she has fabulous communication skills. I hope her willingness to re-examine the experiences of soldiers in the Civil War translates to an amicable relationship with the ROTC representation at Harvard.

    Maybe I'll email her and suggest that she be outrageously bold and brave.
     
  10. Just_A_Mom

    Just_A_Mom Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2006
    Messages:
    4,826
    Likes Received:
    2
    Go for it - this is good stuff. :thumb:
     
  11. sealion

    sealion Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    227
    Likes Received:
    0
    ^^^ Hey JAM, guess what?

    Faust To Attend ROTC Event

    From the Harvard Crimson

    http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=523152


    Drew Faust is very smart and an excellent communicator. I hope she speaks at the ROTC commissioning ceremony and I look forward to her remarks. Regardless, I think she will walk away inspired.
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2008

Share This Page