It is an exciting time for the UVA unit: twelve 1/C midshipmen have completed and submitted their service selection packages and are now waiting for their service assignments. The preferences of the Class of 2014 vary widely. Below are their choices as well as some of their goals:
MIDN 1/C Zach Bessette, a Biochemistry major from Stafford, VA hopes to be selected for the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community for the mental and physical challenges this community provides.
MIDN 1/C Luke Donaldson, a History and Foreign Affairs major from Charleston, SC has completed Marine OCS this past summer and hopes to be an Infantry Officer.
MIDN 1/C Thomas Senerchia, a Chemical Engineering from West Warwick, RI wishes to join the Surfare Warfare community as a Nuclear Officer to best use his engineering background.
MIDN 1/C Margaret Taylor, a Nursing major from Arlington, VA will commission into the Navy Nurse Corps in May. She hopes to serve those who serve the most and would be happy doing that in a combat hospital, hospital stateside, or clinic overseas.
MIDN 1/C Fletcher Baldwin, a Geology major from Rocky Mount, NC successfully completed Marine OCS this summer and hopes to be an Infantry Officer.
MIDN 1/C Margaret Tarmann, an Environmental Science and Medieval Studies major from Arlington, VA hopes to join the Submarine community and is excited for the missions that this community offers.
MIDN 1/C David Chang, a Mechanical Engineering major from Kailua-Kona, HI has as his first service choice the submarine community. The missions, crew, and traditions that he has learned about while underway on cruises is what appeals to him most about this community.
MIDN 1/C Michael Ballato, an Engineering Science major from Richmond, VA, has as his first choice Aviation. He has always had a passion for flying and hopes to become a Naval pilot.
MIDN 1/C Joshua Holy, a Computer Engineering major from Nokesville, VA, would like to be an Information Warfare Officer. With a computer engineering background, he hopes to work with new defense systems and the cyber warfare community.
MIDN 1/C Rachel Gillooly, an Environmental Science major from Norfolk, VA has as her top service selection choice Surface Warfare. This community best fits her future goals in the Navy and could lead to a future in the JAG corps.
MIDN 1/C Stephen Warner, a B.S Commerce major from Belleair Beach, FL wishes to either be a Naval aviator or a submariner to serve his country and learn to be a leader.
MIDN 1/C Scott Cypher, a Mechanical Engineering major from Leesburg, VA hopes to apply what he is learning now in the Navy as either a nuclear surface warfare officer or submarine officer. Having the opportunity to spend two weeks on a Los Angeles Class attack submarine has only strengthened his resolve to join the nuclear Navy.