University of Florida
Navy & Marine Reserve Officer Training Corps
The UF NROTC Alumni Association invites you to the “Orange and Blue”
Weekend, April 8-10. There are several activities linked to the spring football scrimmage
which promises to be a great event as Coach Will Muschamp reorganizes the Gator
football team for success next fall. Expected Swamp attendance is more than 50,000
people! More importantly, this weekend provides the ability reunite with former
classmates, shipmates, Marine messmates and make new friends that have shared the
common bond of being UF NROTC “Gator Battalion” graduates.
We have several events planned with the support of your Gator Battalion,
University Athletic Association and the UF Alumni Association. You may wish to
participate in any or all of the activities listed in the calendar of events and on the
NROTC web site www.nrotc.ufl.edu . Please simply RSVP for the event you want to
attend by March 18th to Ms. Colleen Yarbrough (email@example.com) by e-mail or the
website. Of particular note for those staying the entire weekend, Commander and Mrs.
Tim Equels, CEC, USN, Retired (76’), has graciously volunteered to host a BBQ at their
family’s horse ranch near the Ocala National Forest on April 10th. If you are traveling
long distances and want to stay overnight in Gainesville, there are several hotels within
three miles of the Swamp and are listed with the calendar of events. Take advantage of
the preferred UAA partner rate. Go to www.gatorzone.com/travel/.
During the weekend, the alumni in attendance will have an opportunity to discuss
the status of the alumni organization briefly on Saturday morning. The mission of the
NROTC Alumni Association is to provide support for developing the leadership skills of
our future military Navy and Marine Corps Officers. Through networking and donations
our UF graduates will continue to excel both in the military and community at large. The
reality is federal and state budgets provide only a nominal operating budget that has
neither the sufficiency nor the flexibility to provide for a robust quality program. The
Unit needs our help with funding that will provide quality recognition programs, special
events and other more specific needs deemed important by the Professor of Naval
In closing, we would like to thank you for your consideration and support for this
worthwhile event and the opportunity to continue the legacy of the “Best Damn Unit in
the Country”! If you have questions please call CDR Kurt Ziebarth (class of 84’) at 352-
294-0711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.