NROTC Recognizes Midshipmen

April 21, 2022 - Dorene DiNaro

NROTC ceremonyOn April 21, the University of New Mexico’s Naval ROTC Unit conducted its annual awards ceremony to recognize high performing midshipmen in the battalion. The ceremony was conducted at the front lawn of the unit with over 10 guests from the University and local service organizations in attendance. Over 30 Midshipmen were recognized for their academic, physical, and professional excellence by 11 outside service organizations including American Legion Post 49, Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Military Officers Association of America, and the local chapters of the Navy and Marine Corps League. 

 The Naval ROTC Unit is approaching its 81st year on campus and the Unit continues to produce the highest quality Marine Corps Officers, Surface Warfare Officers, Submarine Warfare Officers, and Naval Aviation Officers into Naval service. On May 14th, the Naval ROTC Unit will commission eight new Ensigns into Naval service at Domenici Hall. After graduation, our newly commissioned Ensigns will report to the Basic Division Officer Course in Norfolk, Virginia,  Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, South Carolina, and Naval Introductory Flight Evaluation training in Pensacola, Florida. The Unit will celebrate a change of command on May 16, as they bid farewell to Captain Nick Sarap after three years of meritorious service and welcome Captain Gary Cave. Captain Cave recently relinquished command of the USS ZUMWALT (DDG-1000) in San Diego, California, before assuming command of the Naval ROTC Unit as the incoming Professor of Naval Science.