SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Mike Bernacchi, commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) visited the San Diego Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) consortium, March 21-23.
Rear Adm. Bernacchi toured three universities affiliated with the unit; University of San Diego, San Diego State University and Point Loma Nazarene University, where he met with university presidents, provosts, and deans. This provided an excellent opportunity to strengthen relationships while collaborating on programs and ideas to improve officer development. He also held an Admiral’s Call with the NROTC staff and with the entire Battalion during their drill.
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.
Capt. Ed Kaiser, the consortium’s commanding officer, said, “Rear Adm. Bernacchi’s visit provided an excellent opportunity for students and staff to ask questions regarding the future of the NROTC program, including upcoming initiatives to improve their professional development.”
Bernacchi spoke with the midshipmen about leadership, changes to the NROTC program to improve training, and the need for Naval warfighters ready to lead the Navy and Marine Corps into the future.
Midshipman 1st Class Michael Lyons, student Battalion commanding officer said, “The battalion appreciated the opportunity to hear from and speak with Rear Adm. Bernacchi during our monthly drill. His enthusiasm for the New Student Indoctrination and Sea Trails programs hit home for the midshipmen. They are not only excellent training opportunities for incoming freshmen and rising juniors, but also excellent leadership opportunities for rising seniors.”
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, NSTC commander, headquartered at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois, 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 at 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, Rhode Island; Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.
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