Yale's first NROTC freshmen in 40 years

Commander Jamie Godwin hands Midshipman Miranda Melcher her insignia. On the right is Midshipman Gabrielle Fong.
Some of the members of the incoming freshmen in the NROTC program include (from left) Midshipmen Jordan Bravin, Matthew Smith, William Overhauser, Michael Herbert, Joshua Clapper, and Beau Birdsall.
Yale College Dean Mary Miller presented welcoming remarks. She is pictured with (from left) Midshipman Eric Abney, Bravin, and Smith.
Tom Opladen ’66, president of the Yale Veterans Association, noted that "Yale has a long and storied tradition of military service, as you can see from the names carved into the walls around you of those who gave their lives for their country. This is one of the most sacred spaces on campus."
Yale Chaplain Sharon Kugler talks with Fong and Doug Howard at the reception following the ceremony.
Left to right: Debra Johns, associate director of admissions, speaks with Smith, Bravin, and Overhauser.
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The Yale Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit conducted its Freshman Orientation training in Newport, Rhode Island, Aug. 11-18.  The students who attended represent the first class of Yale NROTC midshipman since 1972.  Throughout the week-long orientation, students experienced early morning physical training, drill instruction, sailing instruction, and courses on Navy and Marine Corps customs and courtesies, core values, and the NROTC program requirements. Upon completion of Freshman Orientation, students were recognized in the war veterans' memorial in Woolsey Hall before an audience comprised of  family members, Yale faculty, and  alumni. Guest speakers included Mary Miller, dean of Yale College, and Tom Opladen ’66, president of the Yale Veterans Association.