On April 9th, 2010, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps San Diego consolidated two prestigious ceremonies into one. NROTC San Diego performed a ceremonial Pass-in-Review to recognize several outstanding Battalion members, their host universities, local military commanders, and the career of Captain Mark S. Woolley.
Rear Admiral Russell S. Penniman, Deputy Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, served as the reviewing officer and the guest speaker.
Swords were presented to students from the battalion for their outstanding service and leadership throughout the school year. Some of the awards presented included the Navy League of the United States San Diego Council Award, presented to Gunnery Sergeant Michael Davidson and MIDN Andrew Norris. The Coronado Council of the Navy League Theodore Roosevelt “Bully” Award was presented to MIDN Michael Sass, who exemplified the spirit and tenacious devotion to duty demonstrated by the award’s namesake. MIDN Sass also received The Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association Award which is awarded to the top communication graduate from all NROTC units in the Nation. The National Defense Industrial Association Award was presented to MIDN Eugene Mamaril and MIDN Brendan Kelly for outstanding academic achievement. The San Diego Council of the Navy League – Women’s Activities-Outstanding Female Award is awarded to an outstanding female graduate and was presented to MIDN Samantha Chiang. The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Chapter 3 Award was presented to OC Philip Uribe for his outstanding leadership qualities, military bearing, and academic excellence.
Finally, Captain Woolley presented the Colonel Leo A. Codd Memorial Award to LT Jason Siltmann. The Codd Memorial Award is presented to the top ROTC instructor from each service on the Collegiate level. This marks the fifth consecutive year a NROTC San Diego instructor has received an award for their outstanding instruction in the classroom.
After the award ceremony, Captain Woolley thanked the audience and the NROTC host universities, the University of San Diego and San Diego State University, for their support and success of the NROTC program. Captain Woolley also thanked his staff for their dedication and outstanding efforts that has allowed NROTC San Diego to develop officers of the highest morale and professionalism. Lastly, Captain Woolley provided words of wisdom to the student battalion and thanked them for their willingness to protect the United States of America and the Constitution from enemies, both foreign and domestic.
“When an officer steps down,” said Captain Mark Woolley, “Another must come up and take his place.”
Captain Woolley then asked Captain Bill Ault, US Navy, to join him at the Podium to perform a Change of Command Ceremony. After reading their orders, Captain Woolley was relieved of command of NROTC San Diego by Captain Ault.
The ceremony came to a conclusion after the student battalion consisting of Marines, Officer Candidates, and Midshipman marched around the parade rendering honors to host universities, local military commanders, and all those in attendance.