Vanderbilt University Naval ROTC - Galleon Yearbook (Nashville, TN)

 - Class of 1985

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Lieutenant tite 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. MIDN 4fC IUQRD A if? it 'A 'ff-at 1, X X fx we ' N .,--uni mf ' in 2 aim ii Karl 'tidy , 'f ' , ,tiff , u M ff e I

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CAPTAIN DICK 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 Phillips. 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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Lieutenant Chllders K it LT David Childers is the American Mil- itary History teacher and 3fC instructor at VUNROTC. LT Childers graduated from NROTC at the University of Notre Dame in 1979 and went SVVOS. He then served two deployments from 1979-82 aboard the USS Fanning, during which he worked as electron- ics material ofiicer, clectronics warfare oflicer, and communications officer. in September of 1982, LT Childers was assigned to the VUN- ROTC unit, where he teaches and counsels the 3fC midshipmcn. Although not as excit- ing as life in the fleet, LT Childers feels that being at Vanderbilt has its advantages. He likes being closer to his family and "enjoys the academic environment of the university." In working with the midshipmen, he feels that he is having a direct input in educating and providing well- trained naval officers for the fleet. LT ChiQders also enjoys working with the staff at VUNROTC, and is uparticularlv impressed with the quality of the chiefs at the unit." LT Childers, having developed an am- bition to enter a civilian professional field, was accepted to .medical school at Texas Tech University. Effective August, 1985 LT Childers resigned his commission in the Navy to begin medical school in the fall. X'Ve wish LT Childers the best of luck in his studies and in his new future profession as an MD.

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