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Joint ROTC Pass in Review Set for Aug. 27 at Military Friendly ODU

ODU's Army and Naval ROTC units will hold their annual Pass in Review parade Friday, Aug. 27 on Kaufman Mall.

The event, which occurs from 4-5 p.m., is another tangible example of the commitment of ODU to the military, and a sign of the military's eagerness to demonstrate its appreciation for the school's support.

The PIR is the culmination of a weeklong training regimen designed to acclimate incoming freshmen to the rigors and requirements of the ROTC program. The event is hosted by Capt. Mike "Breeze" Barea, U.S. Navy, and Lt. Col. Carl Michaud, U.S. Army.

The Pass in Review will include music provided by the ODU Monarch Marching Band, under the direction of Alex Treviño.

VIP guests scheduled to attend include ODU President John R. Broderick; Rear Adm. Mark S. Boensel, commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic; and Maj. Gen. Frank E. Batts Jr., commander, 29th Infantry Division, Virginia Army National Guard.

The afternoon event offers a chance to celebrate the relationship between ODU and its ROTC units, which continues to be a good one. G.I. Jobs, the military trade publication, recently included ODU among its list of the top 15 percent of the country's Military Friendly Schools.

The list, which is published annually and also included ODU last year, is designed to express appreciation to colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's veterans and active-duty members as students.

"This list is especially important now because the Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school," said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. "Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they're academically qualified. So schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is a trusted friend."

ODU is among the top 10 schools in the country in the number of students enrolled via the Post-9/11 GI Bill. President Broderick said at the recent opening of the Veterans Business Outreach Center on campus that fully one-quarter of ODU faculty, students and staff have some connection to the military.

"We're proud of the extremely close relationship we have with the various military branches. The students in the ROTC programs bring a great deal to ODU, both in terms of academic achievement and engagement in the ODU community," he said.

Lt. Col. Michaud, the university's new Army ROTC commander, said the connection between the units and the campus community is one of the reasons he was excited to be posted here. He added that events such as the Pass in Review are important to continue building on that relationship.

"The campus supports us very well. We owe a little payback to the campus in supporting its events, too," Michaud said.

More than 7,000 schools nationwide were screened for the Military Friendly Schools list. The top 15 percent will be published in an upcoming issue of G.I. Jobs, and on the website at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.

For more information about the ROTC joint Pass in Review, contact Lt. Chad Martin, U.S. Navy, at camartin@odu.edu, or Capt. Erin Harkins, U.S. Army, at eharkins@odu.edu.

This article was posted on: August 27, 2010

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