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    NSTC Commander Visits The Ohio State University


    Photo By Scott A. Thornbloom | 190403-N-NO450-1008 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rear Adm. Mike Bernacchi, commander, Naval...... read more read more



    Story by Scott A. Thornbloom  

    Naval Service Training Command

    By Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -– Rear Adm. Mike Bernacchi, commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) visited The Ohio State University Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC), April 3.

    While there, Bernacchi met with The Ohio State NROTC students during their Sea Power and Mission Systems classes. He answered questions about his leadership experiences during a round table leadership discussion and he also attended and offered leadership incites during an all-hands call.

    More than 70 NROTC units report to NSTC, and command visits are an opportunity for professional development for the midshipmen as they interact with a flag officer as well as a chance for them to ask questions about the program and the Navy. The visits also give Bernacchi a chance to hear about any concerns or receive suggestions from the midshipman and unit staff members who report to him.

    “Rear Admiral Bernacchi’s visit was an honor and a privilege that gave our unit’s midshipmen, MECEPs [Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program students], OC [Officer Candidates] and staff a glance at the bigger perspective of training, commissioning, and retaining Navy and Marine Corps officers,” said Capt. Brett Coffey, Ohio State NROTC commanding officer.

    “Our Midshipmen and staff were able to speak with him directly about topics such as officer training priorities, fleet-wide strengths and weaknesses, program requirements, and possible future changes to the NROTC program. Our entire command benefited from NSTC taking the time to visit our unit and share his over 30 years of naval experience with us; we’re looking forward to the implementation and way ahead on what he has envisioned for the future of the NROTC programs across the nation,” Coffey said.

    Bernacchi spoke with the midshipmen about leadership, changes to the NROTC program to improve training, and the need for warfighters ready to lead the Navy and Marine Corps into the future.

    “It was an honor to host Rear Admiral Bernacchi at The Ohio State University NROTC. During his visit, we showed him our beautiful campus and highlighted all the activities and accomplishments of our midshipmen, MECEPs, and officer candidates,” said Midshipman 1st Class Sean C. Hurd, midshipman battalion commander. “We are grateful that Rear Admiral Bernacchi took the time out of his busy schedule to visit us and to recognize the progress and growth we have made throughout this year. Go Bucks!”

    During his visit Bernacchi was guided by The Ohio State University midshipmen on a campus tour. The highlights of the tour included Ohio State’s NROTC Unit at Converse Hall, distinguished academic buildings such as the Fisher School of Business and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Scott Laboratory. The tour concluded with visits to prominent campus landmarks, such as the “Oval” (oval greenspace and name of the center of the Columbus campus, Ohio State’s version of the college quad connecting much of the academic core). The also toured Mirror Lake, and “The Shoe”, Ohio Stadium.

    Bernacchi was briefed on the 2019 Spring Field Exercise where Marine Options and Special Warfare Navy Options took part in a 72-hour evolution that consisted of 6- and 9-mile hikes, Leadership Reaction Courses, Land Navigation, Swimming Evolution, and Small Unit Leadership Evaluations at Joint Training Center, Camp Sherman, near Chillicothe, Ohio, 48 miles south of Columbus. The Buckeye Battalion also briefed the admiral on the 2nd Annual Buckeye Invitational that hosted eight units from across the Midwest region to compete in close order drill, a 12.5 Mile Endurance Race, Ship Handling, and a Pistol Shooting competition on April 6th on the campus here.

    Bernacchi also met with OSU’s Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Bruce McPheron, and the university Vice Provost for Student Academic Success and Dean of Undergraduate Education, Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Hume, PhD. They both discussed the importance of the academic success of the future Navy and Marine Corps officers attending The Ohio State University.

    The Navy ROTC program develops midshipmen mentally, morally and physically, to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, loyalty and Navy core values. The program provides college graduates an opportunity to commission as naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the naval service, and have potential for future development in mind and character, so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.

    Rear Adm. Mike Bernacchi, commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), headquartered at Naval Station Great Lakes, supports 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy, as well as the Navy’s Citizenship Development Program.

    Bernacchi and his NSTC staff at Great Lakes and Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, also support Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp, at Great Lakes; NROTC units at more than 160 colleges and universities across the country; Officer Training Command (OTC) in Newport, R. I.; Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.

    For more information about Navy ROTC, visit https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/. For more information about NSTC, visit http://www.netc.navy.mil/nstc/ or visit the NSTC Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/NavalServiceTraining/.

    For more news about NSTC, visit: www.netc.navy.mil/nstc/, the NSTC Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/navalservicetraining/ or visit www.navy.mil/local/greatlakes/.



    Date Taken: 04.03.2019
    Date Posted: 04.10.2019 11:08
    Story ID: 317572
    Location: COLUMBUS, OH, US 

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