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NROTC Spring Review 2022
NROTC Spring Review 2022

Naval ROTC Spring Review 2022

Five University of Pennsylvania students were honored at the Naval ROTC Spring Review on May 15, 2022. The Penn Naval ROTC program is open to students from nearby Temple and Drexel University, two of whom also received recognitions. Held at the Palestra, the Spring Review is an opportunity for students, formally referred to as midshipmen, to display their journey towards becoming commissioned officers in the Naval and Marine Corps. Midshipmen march and conduct close order drills in front of an audience of family members, peers, veterans, and superiors.

Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Alexander Vindman served as the guest of honor and keynote speaker. Vindman was a 2020-2021 Perry World House Visiting Fellow and most recently served as the Director for European Affairs for the United States National Security Council while he was on active duty. He thanked the midshipmen for their commitment and spoke of the challenging decades that laid ahead for the U.S. Armed Forces.

The ceremony was followed by a reception at Houston Hall’s Bodek Lounge.

Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Alexander Vindman
Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Alexander Vindman

University of Pennsylvania 2022 Naval ROTC Award Recipients

Connor Blend W ’22 received the Petty Officer Dave Morgan Memorial Sword for excellence in academics and leadership while distinguishing himself amongst the battalion and university. Upon graduation, he will report to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in Coronado, California for training as a Navy SEAL officer.

Allan Cate C ’22 received the Military Order of the World Wars Merit Award for ROTC members who have demonstrated academic achievement and military professionalism. Allan is studying Political Science and Science, Technology, and Society. Upon graduation, he will report to Basic and Advanced Division Officer Course in San Diego, California for training as a Surface Warfare Officer, and then report for duty aboard USS Portland (LPD 27).

Ian Conway C ’23 received the US Marine Corps League Semper Fi Award. He hopes to be commissioned as an officer in the Marine Corps upon graduation. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Midshipman Conway assumed the position of battalion commanding officer.

Madeline McAvoy N ’22 was awarded Navy League Philadelphia Council Sword for excellence in academics and leadership. Upon graduation, she will report to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, California for duty in the Navy Nurse Corps.

Bryan Suh C ’25 received the Military Order of the World Wars Merit Award. Suh is a first-year student studying Political Science and hopes to be commissioned as an officer in the Marine Corps upon graduation.

Students in naval uniforms stand together
Award recipients pose with Vice Provost for University Life Dr. Mamta Accapadi and NROTC Executive Officer Commander Jerod Konowal. Left to right: Ian Conway (Penn), Zachary Quinn (Temple), Evan Anderson (Temple), Madeline McAvoy (Penn), Connor Blend (Penn), Bryan Suh (Penn), and Allen Cate (Penn).
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