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Hiya folks! No, I didn't forget about all of you. I just had to settle in for the semester, but expect to hear from me regularly now. Some insight on my year so far: I am the Company Commander of Cadet Training Company 4. It is both an honor and privilege to be able to work and develop young minds. I'll say this, the difference between last year as a Platoon Sergeant and this year as a CO is...well...drastic. Command is much more organized based, and although I may not be the one that trains the rooks directly, I'm the one that plans it. So parent's, if your rook is calling home saying "This is tough", well...you can thank me for that. But rest assured, everything that is planned in this company is professional, safe, and double checked so that everyone GAINS something from it. I can not believe I'm... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at In Their Words
Well, this is it. I thought I should make a list of lessons I've learned, and good memories I have of this past year. When it comes to recruits, odds are if you think you have to tell them how to do it, you absolutely need to do it. They won't understand it otherwise Don't be concerned with any other recruits but your own. Treat recruits like your family, because they are your family. You essentially have to raise them like children. Good memory: When my kids got me a gift WAAY too early into rookdom and then all of us tore them apart When you're waiting for your junior ring, you should just try to forget it, because it will never come fast enough. Good memory: The hole in the wall (sorry 1SG...) Good memory: When I left for a weekend for a wedding and my kids saw me... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at In Their Words
This is now the final week of academics for my junior year, and all I can keep thinking is, "can someone stop this train?". Seriously, I can't believe I'm about to be a senior already. I remember when I arrived on campus as a rook, and I remember the cannon, and being on the wall, and squaring in the gutter. I remember sophomore year with the new privilege it brought to all of my class and the chance to see Rookdom from the outside. I remember the beginning of this year, eager to begin training a group of boys into men, the sleepless nights, and the chance to leave a legacy. Now I'm here. Funny how that works, isn't it? This Friday we have a promotion parade, where all of those who are earning rank will be recognized and will take the place of juniors or seniors, and march their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at In Their Words
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Many of you may not know that I'm the photographer for MCW. Over the weekend we had and FTX (Field Training Exercise). Here are some great shots that I took hanging from a rope about 25 feet in the air. Over the weekend we did a lot of rappelling, ascending and lanes to work on our skills. The first year trainees earned their blackhats (a symbol of being in the company), and the level 2 candidates earned their ram's head device (a symbol of a technical assault climber). It had rained all weekend, so needless to say I was cold and wet, but that doesn't stop MCW from having fun! Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at In Their Words
Well folks, It came and went. I received my Norwich ring with the rest of my class, in one of the most emotionally profound experiences I've had here at Norwich. I cried as slipped it on my finger, and if that doesn't show you how much this school means to me as well as other students, then I don't know what does. I've found that when times get hard, I can always look at my ring to give me some kind of guidance through problems. Although I've only worn it for 2 weeks now, I feel the weight of those who have come before me. A long lineage of Norwich men and women wear the ring, and I feel obligated to do what is right and to embody the cardinal virtues of courage, honesty, temperance and wisdom. The ring is a symbol of everything I have had to endure, not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at In Their Words
In 3 weeks, I'll be putting my Junior Ring on at about 1845. My Rook Class will place a piece of metal on our hands that symbolize hardship, friendship, and memories that fade not through the changing years. In this time, I have a lot of work to do. We have to put together invitations and have them sent to the junior's inbox, get all of the favors shipped to us on time and packaged correctly, box the correct rings with the right wooden box that each cadet earns, AND run the ceremony on the 20th. That's a wild ride if you ask me! A lot of stuff to do, a not very much time to do it. I can feel the pressure starting to build up in some people, but once we put that ring on it will be a sweet relief for everyone. The weekend will, without a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at In Their Words
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Over the weekend, 4th Company conducted a culminating event for the freshmen called the minuteman challenge. The Minutemen were a group of civilian patriots who formed a regulated militia in order to defend their rights and liberties, while being ready to go at a minutes notice. Their motto? Without Equal. 4th Company's mascot is the Minuteman, and our motto is the same. The challenge consisted of going up Paine Mountain, then to the top of Dole Cemetery. This was about 7 miles all done with rucksacks and weight on their backs. The purpose of the event was to give the freshmen their challenge coins and to give them a sense of purpose here at the university. A note of something my Company Commander, Captain Seery said, "On this side of the monument it says "Every Yesterday - A Dream Of Happiness. Every Tomorrow - A Vision Of Hope." You all... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at In Their Words
I promised I would make this post on why I stayed, so here I am, making good on that promise. I stayed at Norwich for a lot of reasons, one of them being pushed by my mother. No, she didn't say "YOU HAVE TO STAY THERE", but my mother always told me to be a part of something bigger than myself and to work hard in order to achieve what I want in the world. So that's always in the back of my head. Another reason is the people. The friends i have made here will be my friend for life. And I don't mean friends like "this is my bro Aaron, you should see the parties we get into, we're wild." If that's what you're expecting, you might be a little disappointed to learn that Norwich is not that juvenile. I consider my friends to be my brothers. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at In Their Words
I've been asked many times why I chose Norwich for my education, and I found that I should probably list them here: Norwich is very close to home. I live in New Hampshire, and I'm only about 2 and a half hours away. It's nice to know that should anything happen at home, I'm only a short bit away. Many people say "if I lived closer, I'd go home all the time!", but I feel that I visiting home only for breaks is the best way to get the full Norwich experience. That is, to stick with your friends day in and day out. Norwich is a military college. In my personal opinion, if I went to a regular, or "civi" school, I would have failed out by now. I was the kind of teenager that needed a little shove in the right direction to find my discipline. Norwich is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at In Their Words
Here we are, about to dive into the truest depth of the winter here at Norwich. Truly, March is the longest month. It's the longest month for Norwich students. It's the longest month for faculty. It's just the dullest, most boring, truly agonizing month that has been delivered to the Dog River valley. Okay, maybe I'm being a little dramatic, but March really is a dry and gray month. For many of my cadets in my platoon, they will feel the same effects of their first long winter here at school. But then, as it always does, April will rip open from the heavens and deliver us sunshine, and the green will return to the campus once again. By the time all of us leave campus, we may very well still have snow on the campus, but by the time I return for my senior year, the campus will be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at In Their Words
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In 2 months I'll be able to put this ring on my hands, surrounded by my freshman platoon, and enjoying the camaraderie of Norwich. It will be a huge night for me. It's said that there are 3 days to look forward to at Norwich. Recognition, Junior Ring, and Graduation. I've already been Recognized for 2 years now, and I've just recognized my own rooks. Now, in 2 months I'll have my Junior Ring, and then in about a year, I'll be on my way to graduate. Time slips real fast, doesn't it? Just some food for thought. Always a hoot. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at In Their Words
In order to preserve tradition, I'll keep many of the details out of this post when it comes to recognition. But yes, on February 11th, 2018, the Rook Class of 2021 was Recognized as Cadets at 11:04pm. This is a momentous mark in their journey here at Norwich, and it's only the beginning. This is when the true test begins, this is when they show me and the rest of the cadre just how much they really want to be here, and how much they want to improve themselves on a daily basis. It was very strange to be on the other side of Recognition. When I was a Rook, it was obviously a great feeling because I was able to relax and close my door and sleep and not feel like a robot, but as Cadre, Recognizing my 24 freshmen was my proudest achievement thus far. On August 20th,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at In Their Words
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