Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps

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Combat Leadership Panel

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LT Donald shakes hands with Officer Candidate Bodenhafer

The San Diego Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps hosted the Combat Leadership Panel April 7 at San Diego State University.  The event was titled “Leadership and Ethics: When the Situation Goes to Hell.”  

The purpose of the Combat Leadership Panel is to supplement the ethical theories the students are exposed to in our classes to ensure they have a clear understanding of the importance of moral reflection in combat, reinforce the necessity of moral conduct on and off the battle field, and to provide them some thoughts on what they should do whey don’t “get it right.”

In attendance were seniors from San Diego ROTC units and members of the SDSU Student Veterans’ Organization.   Dr. Joyce Gattas, Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at SDSU and SDSU President Dr. Steven L. Weber welcomed the audience, stressed the importance of seminars focused on ethical challenges and acted as the moderator for the evening’s event.

Panel members included: Col Tom Caughlan, USMC (ret.); Maj. Arthur Black, USAF (ret.), former POW and recipient of the Air Force Cross; Capt. Brian Chontosh, USMC, recipient of the Navy Cross; CDR Lenora Langlais, USN, recipient of the Purple Heart; Navy SEAL, LCDR John Willink, USN, recipient of the Silver Star and Bronze Star with Combat “V”; and Navy SEAL, LT Mark Donald, USN, recipient of the Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat “V” and the Purple Heart.

The Panel was extremely well received by the students and next year will be hosted by all three ROTC Units.

- Battalion PAO