It is an exciting time for Arizona State University’s Naval ROTC program as we prepare to commission twelve 1/C midshipmen as naval officers. The twelve soon-to-be navy ensigns and one soon-to-be Marine second lieutenant will not only make up the largest commissioning class since the start of the ASU unit three and a half years ago, but they will also be the first “plankowner” class to spend all four years in the program and commission from the ASU unit.
“Plankowner,” a term referring to an original crewmember of a newly commissioned ship, unit, or military base, dates back to the days of wooden ships. The term implies that a crewmember who was around when the ship was built and commissioned has bragging rights to "ownership" of part of the ship, namely, one of the wooden planks in the main deck.
This year’s commissioning class will forever be ASU NROTC plankowners and carry with them the pride that is associated with their hard work and accomplishments here.
The culmination of that hard work is their recent service selections and future naval or Marine Corps careers. Among the graduating navy midshipmen, the five who selected surface warfare include midshipmen Rachelle Edwards, Samantha Guevara, Rachel James, Nathan Yamada and David Lopez (Nuclear Engineer). The three who were selected for the Naval Aviation (pilot) pipeline are midshipmen Amanda De Armond, Staci Fikel and Jeremy Teague. The four future nuclear-trained submariners nuclear engineers include Midshipmen Christopher Linich, Myung Oh, Ryan Olehausen and Brandt Zykan. Our future Marine in this graduating class is midshipman Michael Harting.
The faculty and staff here at Arizona State University Naval ROTC program could not be more proud ofto commission these thirteen outstanding individuals and look forward to them joininginto the Ffleet. No matter what community they will enter, greatness is to follow. Congratulations to each of you! Go out and make your country proud!
The Naval ROTC unit at Arizona State was established in 2010 and has since grown to be one of the largest in the nation. Learn more about the program and how to apply for scholarships that lead to a commission as an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps at http://nrotc.asu.edu.