University of Nebraska NROTC Hosts Great Plains Drill Meet

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LINCOLN, Neb. (NNS) — The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Unit at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln (UNL), hosted the second annual Great Plains Drill Meet, April 19.

The NROTC unit hosted midshipmen from Iowa State University, University of Minnesota and University of Kansas for the event that had each school competing in unit inspections, platoon drill, squad drill, color guard, an endurance race, and pistol and rifle competition.

The event returned for a second consecutive year after annually being hosted by UNL for a number of years until the late 1990s.

“We have brought the tradition back and gained one participating school (Minnesota) over last year,” said Capt. Richard Thomas, commanding officer of the UNL NROTC unit. “We at UNL thought the turnout was great and would like to thank all the schools for coming the day before Easter and making the event a success.”

Iowa State finished first in the unit inspection portion of the competition. Nebraska took first place in platoon drill and color guard. Minnesota was the top team in squad drill while Kansas was victorious in the rifle and pistol competition. Nebraska won the endurance competition which sealed the overall competition for the university.

“Planning for the event was challenging and I had to overcome many obstacles, but during the events, the interaction between our midshipmen and the other Universities made it all worthwhile,” said Midshipman 1st Class Jonathan Larson, a senior at UNL. “The event went very well and everyone seemed to enjoy the activities. I got many expressions of thanks for doing this from the other universities’ midshipmen.”

“The ‘Great Plains Drill Meet’ to me is the measurement of our overall success as a unit for the year,” said Marine Corps Master Sgt. Adam Criswell, Assistant Marine Officer Instructor at UNL. “Since this is the only competition that we are involved in this year it was the culminating point for each of the teams involved (Drill, Rifle and Pistol, and Endurance). The midshipmen get to meet and greet their fellow peers.”

“It is especially good for those midshipmen headed to OCS to see fellow peers so that it’s not such a culture shock upon arrival. It is also one of the last events for our outgoing seniors at the NROTC level.”

The NROTC program, overseen by Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., was established to develop midshipmen mentally, morally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, loyalty and Navy core values in order to commission college graduates as Naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the Naval service and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.

For more information about NROTC, visit https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/. For more information about NSTC, visit http://www.netc.navy.mil/nstc/ or visit the NSTC Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/NavalServiceTraining/. ;

For more news from Naval Service Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/greatlakes/.

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