Annual ceremony honors ROTC students

first_imgArmy, Navy and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) units gathered on South Quad Wednesday afternoon to participate in the annual Pass in Review, a symbolic display of skill, precision and patriotism. The ceremony included a benediction by director of Campus Ministry Fr. Peter Rocca, the presentation of student awards and a speech from University President Fr. John Jenkins. Rosie LoVoi | The Observer Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC) students gathered Wednesday afternoon for the Pass-in-Review ceremony on South Quad.Rocca gave an opening prayer of thanksgiving for the “cadets and midshipmen who wish to serve our country and make the world a better place.”“We are grateful as well for the blessings of scholarship and of learning, of faith and of service,” Rocca said.University president Fr. John Jenkins gave a speech at the ceremony praising the ROTC men and women for their dedication, both to Notre Dame and their country.“I want to congratulate warmly all the award winners,” Jenkins said. “But I want to congratulate each and every member of Notre Dame ROTC. In addition to the demanding course of studies that each of you undertake, you also have too the responsibilities of Notre Dame ROTC.”Jenkins said this year was momentous for Notre Dame ROTC because it was the Navy’s 75th anniversary on campus. He said the Navy’s presence began in 1941, when Notre Dame was a training center for the Navy during World War II.  Jenkins also said it was the 65th anniversary of Army ROTC and mentioned also that Air Force began in 1947.“These are proud milestones, but as was said earlier, the officer training goes back even further to the days of Father Sorin,” Jenkins said.Jenkins talked about the variety of military training on campus. He said with the outbreak of World War I many members of the Notre Dame community displayed their loyalty by serving in the military.“The names of those who died in that conflict … are immortalized in the East Door of the Basilica. And over that east door is the motto ‘God, Country, Notre Dame.’“But as we all know, it has almost become a motto for Notre Dame for what we espouse, for what we consider important, for a sense of service, a sense of sacrifice,” Jenkins said.Jenkins said the spirit of Notre Dame ROTC embodies the Notre Dame spirit in general.“I just ask you to always remember the values you learn at Notre Dame. As you go forth into military service and even beyond that; a sense of leadership, a sense of community, a sense of looking out for one another and a sense of self-sacrifice for something greater in your lives.”Jenkins said General Martin Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be speaking at Commencement and noted that he is an exemplary figure of leadership and service.He said he commends members of the ROTC for being trained as sailors and soldiers of not only great skill, but also enlightened consciences.“You have contemplated the morality of warfare and embraced the virtues of peace,” Jenkins said. “Highest among these virtues stand courage, justice, faith, hope and love. These values will serve you in your future.”Jenkins finished his speech by thanking the military men and women for representing Notre Dame in the best way possible.“Wherever you go, we ask you to bring Notre Dame with you, bring that spirit with you,” he said. “We hope that this spirit, which has infused so many generations of Notre Dame graduates, will be part of your lives as well.”Tags: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Father John Jenkins, navy ROTC, Pass in Reviewlast_img read more

Two hikers attacked on Appalachian Trail Saturday, one victim dead

first_imgIn late April, Jordan was arrested for drug possession and using a fake ID in Unicoi County, TN. Though it was well known that Jordan was threatening hikers along the trail, he was sentenced to probation, fined and released from jail. Police say they knew Jordan was a threat but because hikers refused to press charges and testify against him in court, their only recourse was to fine and release him. Homicides are rare on the Appalachian Trail. The last homicide to take place on the famous footpath happened in 2011. A man who has been terrorizing hikers on the Appalachian Trail since at least April has been charged with murder after the brutal attack of two hikers over the weekend. James Louis Jordan, 30, also known as “Sovereign,” was arrested Saturday morning after police followed the SOS signal triggered by one of the victims. A Wythe County tactical team entered the forest Saturday morning to locate the SOS signal. While talking with other hikers, Jordan’s dog wandered up to the police and led them to the suspect who was arrested without incident. A 20-inch knife was found along the trail shortly before police discovered the male victim. Wythe County, Va police say that a group of hikers camping on Friday night reported being threatened by a man wielding a large knife. The man pursued two of the hikers who fled north but they were able to elude him and reported the incident to the sheriff’s office. The other two hikers in the group fled south, and the man caught up to and attacked the hikers. The male hiker triggered the SOS signal on his phone before his murder. The female hiker suffered defensive wounds and was seriously injured. She played dead until the attacker left the scene, and then ran for help, eventually encountering another group of hikers six miles away. Unsolved Mysteries: 4 Crimes and Disapearances from Public Lands in the Southeastlast_img read more