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    NSTC Commander Visits NROTC Maryland Consortium (Baltimore County)

    NSTC Commander Visits NROTC Maryland Consortium (Baltimore County)

    Photo By Scott Thornbloom | CATONSVILLE, Md. – Rear Adm. Jennifer Couture, commander, Naval Service Training...... read more read more



    Story by Scott Thornbloom 

    Naval Service Training Command     

    CATONSVILLE, Md. – Rear Adm. Jennifer Couture, commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) visited the University of Maryland Consortium (Baltimore County) Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) unit, September 15.

    NSTC Command Master Chief Richard Mengel joined Couture on the visit. While at the unit they visited with staff members and students, toured NROTC unit spaces, and held a question and answer session with midshipmen scheduled to commission in spring of 2023.

    NROTC units report to NSTC, and command visits are an opportunity for professional development for the midshipmen. It is often their first opportunity to interact with a flag officer and command master chief or sergeant major. This provides an opportunity for midshipmen to ask questions about the NROTC program and about the U. S. Navy and U. S. Marine Corps. The visits also give Couture and Mengel a chance to hear about any concerns or suggestions from the midshipmen and unit staff members.

    “We were honored to host Rear Admiral Couture today at UMBC. Her large and small group discussions with midshipmen make a great impact in the development of our future Naval officers,” said U. S. Navy Capt. John Howrey, commanding officer, NROTC Maryland Consortium.
    Couture and Mengel spoke with the midshipmen about leadership, changes to the NROTC program to improve training, and the need for warfighters to be ready to lead the Navy and Marine Corps into the future.

    She also discussed the importance of commitment, camaraderie, and learning from challenges. She then took time to share her own experience as a midshipman at George Washington University in Washington, D. C., and discussed the importance of building an effective and connected team.

    “The common denominator for all officers is mental, moral, and physical toughness,” Couture said.

    Many of the midshipmen appreciated her visit and advice.

    “This day’s event gave incredible insight into the Navy team’s inherent sense of connection. Every single person has a job that is necessary to the mission,” said Midshipman 1st Class Ethan Droneberger, the unit’s midshipman battalion commanding officer. “There is no other working environment like the United States Navy team and Rear Admiral Couture solidified that belief for me.”

    The NROTC program is overseen by Rear Adm. Jennifer Couture and her Naval Service Training Command staff at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois. NROTC was established to develop midshipmen mentally, morally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, loyalty and core values in order to commission college graduates as Navy and Marine Corps officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in uniformed services and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.

    NSTC oversees 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy, as well as the Navy's Citizenship Development program. NSTC also includes Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp also at Naval Station Great Lakes, the Navy ROTC program at more than 160 colleges and universities, Officer Training Command (OTC) Newport, Rhode Island, and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC) citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.

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    The University of Maryland Consortium includes the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland and UMBC outside of Baltimore. For more information on each school and their NROTC program search for or

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    Date Taken: 09.15.2022
    Date Posted: 09.20.2022 16:31
    Story ID: 429726
    Location: BALTIMORE, MD, US 

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