ELEVEN SUNY MARITIME NROTC CADETS ARE COMMISSIONED AS NAVAL OFFICERS The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp (NROTC) unit celebrated the commissioning of 11 new naval officers last week, during a ceremony held in the St. Mary’s Pentagon, Fort Schuyler, on the SUNY Maritime campus. Rear Admiral William C. McQuilkin, director of the U.S. Navy’s Strategy and Policy Division, was the day’s guest of honor and delivered the address to the new officers. The NROTC unit Commanding Officer, Captain Matthew E. Loughlin, USN, administered the Oath of Office. The new naval officers commissioned were: Conner Brailsford, Surface Warfare Officer, USS Gravely, Norfolk, Virginia; John Dunne, Student Naval Aviator, Aviation Preflight Indoctrination, Pensacola, Florida; Courtney Chambliss, Marine Corps Officer, Basic School, Quantico, Virginia; Jason Ihrig, Strategic Sealift Officer; Wessley Johnson, Strategic Sealift Officer, Overseas Shipholding Group, Overseas New York; George Landon, Strategic Sealift Officer; Conor McGinn, Surface Warfare Officer, USS Gonzalez, Norfolk, Virginia; Ryan Nugent, Surface Warfare Officer, USS Essex, San Diego, California; John Petr, Surface Warfare Officer, USS Paul Hamilton, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Alexander Spitz, Strategic Sealift Officer, Military Sealift Command, Norfolk, Virginia; and Timothy Winters, Strategic Sealift Officer, Military Sealift Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Four cadets were recognized for their excellence in academics and leadership within the college and the battalion. The award for Superior Military Achievement and Leadership was presented to John Dunne by Captain Mason, USN (Ret.), vice president and board member of the New York Council of the Navy League of the United States and 1957 graduate of SUNY Maritime College, on behalf of the New York City Council of the Navy League. The award for Outstanding Qualities of Leadership, Discipline, Character, and Citizenship was presented to midshipman Timothy Winters by Captain Roger Bing, United States Coast Guard (Ret.), vice president of legislative affairs for the Empire Region of the Navy League of the United States. The award for the Strategic Sealift Officer Program Midshipman who has demonstrated Superior Leadership, Academic and Military Achievement was presented to Wessley Johnson by Major General Robert Wolf, Commander, New York Naval Militia, on behalf of the New York Naval Militia. An award honoring the memory of Ensign Beth Bonn, a SUNY Maritime graduate and Naval officer, who gave her life in the service of her country, was presented to midshipman Courtney Chambliss, the graduating student who best exemplifies Beth Bonn’s commitment to excellence. The award was presented at the Midshipman Battalion Change of Command in April, by Beth Bonn’s mother, Debra Bonn. The NROTC Program was established to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the unrestricted line communities of the Navy and in the Marine Corps. As the largest single source of Navy and Marine Corps officers, the NROTC Scholarship Program fills a vital need in preparing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps. Graduates from the Navy and Marine Corps NROTC program serve as Active Duty commissioned officers in the Navy on ships, in submarines, in the aviation field, and in Naval Special Operations (EOD) and Special Warfare (SEALS), as officers in the Marine Corps, or as Strategic Sealift Officers (SSO) in the Naval Reserve. The NROTC unit at SUNY Maritime College was established in October 1973 following decades of Navy involvement with the College. It expanded rapidly during its first years of operations, commissioning its first two graduates with the class of 1974. Students may participate in the NROTC program through either the Scholarship or the College Program. Coast Guard license students who are not receiving Navy subsistence allowances also may participate in the SSO program. The Scholarship Program provides payment of all tuition and academic fees, uniforms, a textbook allowance and a monthly subsistence allowance. Room fees may be waived by the College for 4-Year NROTC Scholarship students. Upon graduation, scholarship students will receive a commission in the active duty Navy as an ensign, or in the Marine Corps as a second lieutenant. The active duty commitment for scholarship students is four years with an additional four years in the reserves. The day’s guest of honor, Admiral McQuilkin, commanded USS Scout (MCM 8) as a lieutenant commander, and deployed to the Mediterranean as part of the USS Inchon Task Group. He was commanding officer of USS Halyburton (FFG 40), where he deployed to the North Atlantic and Mediterranean as part of the Standing Naval Force Atlantic in support of Operation Active Endeavor. McQuilkin also commanded USS Gettysburg (CG 64), where he deployed to the Arabian Gulf as the air defense commander for the Enterprise Strike Group in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. McQuilkin served as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea from September 2011 to September 2013. In that capacity, McQuilkin was the U.S. Navy’s representative for U.S. Pacific Fleet in Korea. He also served as the Commander of Task Force 78 for U.S. 7th Fleet and the naval component commander for United Nations Command and naval component commander for U.S. Forces Korea. Ashore, McQuilkin served as the branch head for Area and Ship Self Defense and deputy branch head for Missile Defense in the Surface Warfare Division of the Chief of Naval Operations Staff; as the division chief of the Pacific Command Division, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and as branch head of the Policy Branch and chief of staff for the Strategy and Policy Division, Chief of Naval Operations staff. McQuilkin holds a Master of Science in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Arts in Military History from the Army Command and General Staff College.