Northeast ROTC Commanders Visit Harvard
CAMBRIDGE MA, 30 October 2002 -- A group of 50 Army educators including 21 Professors of Military Science and
their Senior Military Instructors from universities across the Northeast visited Harvard
as part of a 3 day conference in Massachusetts convened by COL
J.C. Allard, Commander of the Army's First ROTC
Region*. LTC Brian L.
Professor of Military Science at MIT, hosted the professional
development segment of the conference.
Harvard alumni presented a workshop showcasing
their outreach efforts as a model for others to follow. The Army
educators heard presentations from David
Clayman '38, chairman of Advocates for Harvard ROTC,
Dr. Michael Segal '76, Webmaster for AdvocatesForROTC.org,
COL James Metcalf '67, treasurer of the Harvard ROTC Alumni Fund
and Captain Paul E. Mawn '63 USN (Ret). The presentations detailed how they have worked to
enhance the role of
ROTC at Harvard and how similar efforts can work throughout the region and
throughout the nation.
MIT President emeritus Paul
E. Gray reflected on MIT's long and storied
support of military training dating back to the 1800s when faculty and
students formed a technology battalion during the Spanish-American
War. Gray, himself a 1954 MIT ROTC graduate, served to the rank of
captain in the Army and shared his experiences with the Army educators,
stressing the role that ROTC played in his development as a leader. MIT's Dean for Undergraduate Education Robert
Redwine and ROTC
Oversight Committee Chair Jefferson
W. Tester also addressed the commanders and stressed the support and
backing MIT has provided ROTC, through thick and thin.
The group moved to Harvard Yard and was greeted
College Dean Harry R. Lewis,
who accompanied them on
a tour of the Harvard campus led by Harvard student and Army ROTC cadet
Kyle E. Scherer '05. From inside Memorial Chapel, cadet Scherer
noted that Harvard has produced more Secretaries of Defense and Army than
any other academic institution except West Point.
After "beer call" at John Harvard's
Brew Pub, the group had dinner at the Inn at Harvard, where noted-scholar
Huntington, University Professor and Professor of Government at
Harvard, talked about the international challenges facing the
United States, and LTG (Ret) Tad
Oelstrom, Director of Harvard's National Security Program, commented
on the importance of close links between the Armed Forces and the many resources available at Harvard.
The ROTC commanders were inspired to plan similar efforts on their own campuses. LTC
Robert J. Sova, Professor of Military Science and Commander of Cornell
Army ROTC said "My hope is to generate the outstanding dedication and
services like the individuals we met at this past weeks conference.
They have all done so much for Harvard - maybe a little Ivy league
competition amongst their peers will help here as well".
LTC Paul C. Krajeski, Professor of Military Science at University of Rhode Island
said "The TTP's (tactics, techniques, procedures) that I picked up
during the MIT/Harvard staff ride will help me better direct the energy
and enthusiasm that already exists among our ROTC alum. They have always
made a difference with our cadets; now is the time for them to start
influencing the university".
Scott D. Rutherford, Professor of Military Science at Niagara University
said "The timing of this Professional Development Workshop could not have
been better... we (military institutions and programs) will need a tool and some
advocates to communicate the truth and dispel the myths which surround us."
Steven M. Lynch, Professor of Military Science at St. Bonaventure
University said "I was truly touched by the Harvard alumni patriots
for advocating Army ROTC and equally thankful for their insight and ideas
on how to build a successful alumni program".
The Alumni Workshop and events at Harvard were
sponsored by the Army, the Harvard ROTC Alumni Fund
and Advocates for Harvard ROTC, and financed by
the Army and the Harvard ROTC Alumni Fund.
* ROTC Host institutions: Boston University &
[Brandeis], Canisius College, Clarkson
University & [St. Lawrence University, SUNY-Potsdam, SUNY-Canton],
Cornell University, MIT
& [Harvard, Wellesley, Tufts], Northeastern University & [Boston
University, Norwich University & [Dartmouth
College], Providence College & [Brown University],
Institute of Technology, Siena
College & [Rensselaer Polytechnic
Bonaventure University, State University of New York at
University, University of Connecticut & [Yale, Wesleyan],
of Massachusetts, University of Maine & [Colby
College], University of New
Hampshire, University of Rhode
Island & [Salve Regina University and Roger Williams University],
University of Vermont, Worcester Polytechnic Institute &
[College of Holy Cross].