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

 - Class of 1985

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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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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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3 4 3 1 Lieutenant Laud rdale . l , LT Lauderdale will leave the VUNROTC Unit this year to embark on a second sea tour. While on the VUNROTC staff, LT Lauderdale represented the nuclear elements ol' the Navy, and while here put I2 ensigns into the nuclear community. This shore tour was a welcome departure from the rigors of his last sea tour: however, he is now ready to fullill a new round of challenging engage- ments in the fleet. ln order to enhance his skills in subma- rine weapons and tactics, LT Lauderdale will attend school for eleven months. The first five months will he spent in New London, Connecticut at tactical background school. In this school, junior otlicers enhance their knowledge ol' a variety ol' weapons systems, more specihcally the integration of these sys- tems tactically. This is the second most im- portant school behind Nuclear Power School, because it deals with the passive detection of the enemy. LT Lauderdale will then travel to Dam Neck, Virginia to study SSRN naviga- tion principles for 6 months. On his second tour, LT Lauderdale will be navigation ofli- cer, a duty which is new to him. llc looks favorably on the occasional changes of occu- pat-ion, and looks forward to the challenges of navigation. He will ultimately be stationed in Charleston, South Carolina on a Fleet Ballis- tic Missile submarine. At this time the spe- ciiic boat is not known. Aft er this second tour, LT Lauderdale ex- pects an Executive Oflicer tour. He suspects this will be the hardest and most thankless job the Navy has to offer. After serving as Executive Ofticer. however, the prestigious and rewarding position of Commanding Offi- cer will follow. MIDN -UC LINDELL I lj, .i 3 g Q ,. X N we T my al' xW,i X - --4 ', 'xg T 1 . 9 '- 1 . A Q X .X

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