ROTC cadets, midshipmen parade — and honor Salovey — at President’s Review

Yale President Peter Salovey served as the reviewing officer for Yale’s ROTC Air Force cadets and Navy midshipmen during the annual ceremony.
(Photos by Dan Renzetti)

There were salutes all around during the annual President’s Review ceremony, held April 18 in the John Lee Amphitheater at the Payne Whitney Gymnasium.

As is custom, Yale President Peter Salovey served as reviewing officer for the event, a celebration of military education and physical training, in which Yale’s ROTC Air Force cadets and Navy midshipmen parade in full dress uniform before an assemblage of family members and dignitaries.

The event also includes Yale students who take part in the Army ROTC program with training at the University of New Haven campus, and midshipmen and cadets from other colleges and universities that participate in Yale’s Naval ROTC and Air Force ROTC programs.

This year, perhaps more than ever, we are reminded of the importance of service and sacrifice,” Salovey said, adding that Yale students and alumni have services in the United States armed forces since colonial times.

This legacy of service enriches our community and reminds us we all have a responsibility to serve others,” Salovey said.

For Salovey, who announced last August that he will return to the faculty full time later this year, the event marked the final time he will preside over the ceremony.

Joining him in the review were Naval ROTC Commanding Officer Capt. Bill Johnson, Air Force ROTC Commander Col. Les Oberg, and other military dignitaries — including retired Brigadier Gen. Enoch “Woody” Woodhouse II ’52, a former Tuskegee Airman who was on hand to present two cadets with an honor named after him.

Speaking to the assembly, Johnson recognized Salovey’s role in ushering in a resurgence of ROTC on the Yale campus during his years as president. “Peter Salovey has nurtured and grown a culture at Yale that we can all be proud of,” Johnson said.

During the ceremony, Salovey received the United States Marine Corps Commandant’s Award.

As in past years, a highlight of the review came when the cadets and midshipmen who are graduating seniors learned the location of their first military posting.

Midshipman Evan Branham, a Yale senior, learned that he will be posted at the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School in Charleston, South Carolina, along with several others in the group.

I’m nervous, but I’m also excited,” said Branham, a resident of Davenport College from Colorado Springs, Colorado. “I’m glad to be a part of this.”

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