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Captain Dick is one of the three addi-
tions to the Vanderbilt NROTC staff this
year. He graduated from Virginia Military
Institute in 1977 and was commissioned as a
second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. His
primary MOS is infantry, and his secondary
MOS is combat engineer. Upon completion
of The Basic School, he was stationed at Ma-
rine Corps Air Station El Toro as a Com-
bat Engineer Oflicer in the Wing Engineer-
ing Squadron-37. During his assignment with
WES-37 he attended the Counter-insurgency
Orientation course at the Naval Amphibious
Base, Coronada, California. ln June 1980, he
was transferred to Okinawa and then Camp
Fuji, Ja.pan where he served under Colonel
The captain was transferred to Camp
Lejeune, N.C. in July 1981. During his tour
at Camp Lejeune he served as Commanding
Ofiicer of I-leadquarters and Service Company
and later as Commanding Ollicer of Fox Com-
pany, 2nd Battalion. Sth Marines, 2nd Ma-
rine Division. llis Battalion deployed with
the 32nd MAU to the Mediterranean and
was called upon to evacuate the PLO from
Beirut. Later, the MAU returned to establish
the United States Contingent- of the Multi-
National Force at Beirut Airport. Upon re-
turning to Camp Lejeune. he served as a rifie
company commander for 18 months. Dur-
ing that- time he redeployed with the 22nd
MAU to Beirut. On the way to Beirut, they
were divert-ed to Grenada for "Operation Ur-
gent Furyf' Alter backloading, they contin-
ued to Beruit. for their turn as the United
States Contingent with the Multi-National
Force. Part of the company provided secu-
rity for the United States Embassy at Beirut.
After U.S. forces pulled out of the Airport on
26 February 1984, Captain Dick moved to the
embassy to assume liaison duties with exter-
nal security and the Embassy staff. He came
back to the U.S. on 1 May and reported to
Nashville on 3 August.
Recently Captain Dick received the Gen-
eral John A. Lejuene Award for leadership.
This award was given by the Navy League
of the United States. Bravo Zulu! Welcome
aboard Captain Dick!
Midn 3f C M. Sutton
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The Executive Olliccr of the VUNROTC
unit is CDR Skip Cannady. The eighteen
year flight oflicer comes here after a very in-
teresting career. After graduating from the
Naval Academy in 1967, he went to NAS
Pensacola, Fla. to earn his wings. After re-
ceiving his wings, CDR Cannady spent three
years in a VP squadron. From there he be-
came a Navigation instructor at the Naval
Academy for three years. From there CDR
Cannady completed another three year tour,
this time in Sicily, Italy at the ASW Op-
erations Center. Next, CDR Cannady at-
te11ded Naval Postgraduate School in Monter-
rey, California where he received his Masters
degree in Oceanography. Finally, before com-
ing to Vanderbilt, CDR Cannady went to the
VP-19 squadron for two years. Here at Van-
derbilt, he is 2fC advisor, instructor of Navi-
gation and Naval Operations, and the advisor
for the unit softball team.
So far CDR Cannady has enjoyed his tour
at Vanderbilt. He enjoys attending the Van-
derbilt athletic events, and has become a true
Commodore fan. He says he receives personal
satisfaction from seeing the midshipmen ma-
ture and states that they need to accept ac-
countability for their actions.
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Page 7 text:
Next year all but two of the officiers at
Vanderbilt will be on new assignments, and
none will be missed more than the heroic A-6
bombardierfnavigator LT Ron Stites. He will
return to the fleet and will fly as the assis-
tant strike operations oflicer aboard the USS
AmericalCV-66l, whose home port is Norfolk.
LT Stites, who has not been in an A-6
since March 1082, is very enthusiastic about
returning to the fleet. Although his duty at
Vanderbilt was not as exciting land did not
include flyingl as duties in the fleet, L'l' Stites
nonetheless found his three years here very
interesting and educational. Not only did
he learn more about the admissions aspect
of college and about the university system
as a whole, but he also learned much about
the Navy and Marine C'orps in general, espe-
cially about all the commissioning programs
available. L'l' Stites is still amazed about the
benefits of the NltO'l'C' scholarship program,
something he did not have the benefit of hav-
ing when he attended Olivet C'ollege in Nliehi-
gan. 'ilt just seems too good to be true." lle
added that students from Yandy and from
the NliIO'l'Cf program here do very well in the
Navy and Marine C'orps. "'l'hey seem to get
everything they want." lle said that the of-
ficers here tell midshipmen that they can go
for the Cfhief of Naval Operations if they put
their energies into their work. and he really
believes that "the sky's the limit."
LT Stites served as freshman class advisor
during his three years here, and he has grown
very close to the midsliipmen in the program.
Ile really cared afiout the individual. helping
make the transition to college and to ROTC
much less intimic ating. 'l'o the midshipmen,
LT Stites is more than a naval ollicer and avi-
ator who they resjnect he is a friend who they
love and admire. lfl' Stites will be greatly
missed both as a iirofessional oflicer and as a
person, and he will never be replaced.
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