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ROTC seniors to begin assignments

first_imgThirty-nine Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets will be commissioned as officers at the Tri-Military ceremony in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Saturday. The ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. and will be followed by a reception in the Pasquerilla Center. The Army will commission 12 2nd lieutenants, the Air Force, 12 and the Marine Corps, six. The Navy will commission nine ensigns.Senior Thomas Capretta, cadet battalion commander of the Army ROTC Fightin’ Irish Battalion, said the commissioning involves taking an oath and getting the rank of Second Lieutenant pinned on each cadet’s uniform. Maj. Gen. Philip Volpe will be the speaker at the ceremony. Volpe, a Notre Dame alumnus, has had a long career in Army medicine, and has received various awards for his service.After the ceremony, the students will officially be commissioned officers of the military.  “Most will have four-year commitments, but some will have longer if their training costs more,” Col. Dennis Mitchell, commanding officer of the Air Force ROTC Unit, said. “For example, three will be going to one year of pilot training and will spend at least 10 years in the Air Force after training.”The Navy also requires four years of active service, with aviators requiring up to eight years after they receive their qualification wings, Lt. William Fensterer, assistant professor of naval science, said. Fensterer said Navy cadets will go to different locations depending on their preferences. “We have some heading to Pilot Training, Surface Ships, Submarine Training, Marine Corps Basic School, one to SEAL Training and one to a Naval Medical Center,” he said. The commissioning ceremony honors every graduating cadet in the ROTC program, but each senior also has the opportunity to do a private commissioning ceremony with his or her family at the Grotto or the east door of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.“These are done mostly on Friday, with a few done on Saturday. I will be doing my private commissioning ceremony at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning at the Grotto,” said Marina Rodriguez, a senior Army cadet.While most ROTC seniors will go directly into the service after graduation, Rodriguez will delay her service a few years to enter medical school.“I am actually in a slightly different situation than most of my peers. I received an education delay authorizing me to delay my service commitment in order to allow me to attend medical school starting in the fall,” Rodriguez said. “So, unlike my peers who will begin their branch training and transition to their assigned units this year, I will be attending University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.”After finishing medical school, Rodriguez will be a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. She will have an eight-year service obligation that must be completed at the end of her residency. “As of right now, I plan to make a career out of the Army and will likely serve at least 20 years,” she said.Rodriguez said the most rewarding part of the ROTC program has been the strong friendships she built over the four years.“My classmates and fellow members of the battalion are some of the best friends I could ever hope for,” she said. “I have grown a lot during my time in ROTC.”Capretta also said the program has influenced his personal development and overall experience at Notre Dame. “ROTC has been an integral part of my college experience. The cadre and recent alumni of the Fightin’ Irish Battalion have been great mentors to me, and have influenced me more than anyone else in the past four years,” Capretta said. “The cadets in program have become some of my best friends at Notre Dame.”As cadet battalion commander of the Army ROTC Fightin’ Irish Battaltion, Capretta was responsible for training the 87 cadets currently in the battalion. In November, Capretta will head to Ft. Benning, Ga. for infantry officer training. After completing his training, he will go to Ft. Carson, Colo. for his first permanent station.“I’m not sure how long I will be in the Army. I can see a career, a four-year stint and anything in between as being possible right now,” he said.Capretta said that after his four years of ROTC training, he feels ready to enter the Army. “Speaking for my classmates, I think we all feel very well prepared for our first assignments in the real Army. The ROTC program here has done a great job of pushing us to improve ourselves,” Capretta said. “It has also given us many leadership opportunities to hone those skills that we will need as officers.”Rodriguez agreed that she feels prepared to move on to the next step. “The instructors here have done an excellent job in preparing us to enter the Army and to serve as leaders of our various units,” she said. “Joining ROTC was one of the best decisions I made during my time here at Notre Dame.”last_img read more

Other Sports Japan swimmer Fujimori suspended after failed drug test

first_imgTokyo: Japanese Olympic swimmer Hiromasa Fujimori has been temporarily suspended after failing a drugs test, the national swim federation said Friday. The 27-year-old, who placed fourth behind Michael Phelps and countryman Kosuke Hagino in the 200 metres individual medley at the 2016 Rio Olympics, tested positive for the banned stimulant ephedrine at last December’s short course world championships in China, according to Japan officials.Fujimori, a former Asian Games silver medallist, will now miss next month’s national championships, which serve as qualifiers for the world championships in South Korea this summer. A formal hearing by swimming’s governing body FINA will determine the length of ban Fujimori will receive after both his ‘A’ and ‘B’ samples tested positive. He becomes the second high-profile Japanese swimmer to fail a doping test in the past year after former backstroke world champion Junya Koga. Koga, who won a world title in 2009, appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport last November over his four-year ban after traces of illegal muscle-building substances were found in his system, claiming he took the substances unknowingly as part of a diet of supplements. Fujimori has also protested his innocence.”I did not purposely take the banned substances detected in my urine sample,” he said in a statement released by the Japan Swimming Federation.”Frankly speaking, I am shocked at these test results. I don’t take medicine or supplements.”Asian swimming has come under the microscope recently after China’s three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang was accused of smashing a blood vial with a hammer during an out-of-competition doping test. The giant swimmer served a three-month ban in 2014 for taking medicine prescribed for a heart condition, but Australian rival Mack Horton has repeatedly labelled Sun a “cheat” since notably after robbing the Chinese of his Olympic 400m freestyle title in Rio. Incidents of doping are relatively rare in Japan, although two cases last year caused embarrassment as the country prepares to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.In January, Japan’s anti-doping body suspended top canoeist Yasuhiro Suzuki for eight years after he spiked a rival’s drink with a banned substance to improve his own chances of selection for the Tokyo Olympics. A month later, short-track speed skater Kei Saito was booted out of the Pyeongchang Olympics after testing positive for acetazolamide, a banned diuretic which is considered a masking agent.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Syracuse to host Old Dominion in mid-December

first_img Published on May 10, 2018 at 3:06 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse will host Old Dominion on Dec. 15 as part of its nonconference schedule, SU Athletics announced Thursday afternoon. Old Dominion finished last season 25-7 and 15-3 in Conference USA, falling in the semifinals of its conference tournament to Western Kentucky. The Monarchs have not made the NCAA Tournament since back-to-back appearances in 2010 and 2011. Head coach Jeff Jones is entering his sixth season at the helm for Old Dominion after stints at Virginia and American. He is 114-58 with the Monarchs and owns a 471-344 career record.Syracuse has played Old Dominion three times ever, all coming during the tenure of head coach Jim Boeheim. The Orange has won two of the three including a win in the 1977 ECAC Upstate-Southern Championship. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more