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Midshipmen, unit officers, and local veterans attended the annual Senior Dining-In on April 21.

Midshipmen, unit officers, and local veterans attended the annual Senior Dining-In on April 21.
Midshipmen, unit officers, and local veterans attended the annual Senior Dining-In on April 21.

Senior Dining-In
By Midshipman 2nd Class Madison Howell ’18

The Navy midshipmen from the Naval ROTC battalion at Virginia Tech celebrated their annual Senior Dining-In on April 21 at the River Company Restaurant in Radford, Virginia. Guests included officers within the unit and local veterans.

The unit was privileged to host Rear Adm. Kevin C. Hayes as the guest of honor. Hayes commissioned in May 1987 after graduating from the University of San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In his civilian capacity, Hayes is an account manager for a global communications company.

The midshipmen attending dining-in gained a great deal of insight during his remarks.

The evening included the tradition of sampling the beef, offering toasts, and of course, drinking from the grog.

This event was an excellent opportunity for the seniors to come together one last time before they graduated and commissioned to become naval officers.

Maj. Ahmad Martin

Maj. Ahmad Martin , at right
Maj. Ahmad Martin

Farewell to Maj. Ahmad Martin
By Midshipman 3rd Class Briana Jordan ’19

Maj. Ahmad Martin served as the Marine officer instructor from May 2014 to May 2017. During his tour of duty, Martin mentored and trained 162 Marine-option midshipmen, fully preparing them for future challenges in the Marine Corps. His efforts resulted in a 100 percent graduation rate for the midshipmen sent to Officer Candidate School, as well as garnering 19 percent of all Marine Corps national and sideload scholarships nationwide for students under his tenure.

Martin also served as the executive officer for nearly five months while the unit was in transition waiting for a new commanding officer to come on board.

Martin will continue to serve in uniform as a senior Marine instructor for the Marine Corps JROTC program at Haverhill High School in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

The Navy unit will also be saying farewell to Lt. Robert Knapp, Lt. Leonard DePrisco, and Gunnery Sgt. Michael Towns. They have made great contributions to the Navy unit during their tours of duty.

The unit welcomes Capt. Stephanie A. Lomeli, who will be replacing Martin as the new marine officer instructor.