THE REVERE RECORDER
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                               “Stand Up, Hook Up, Shuffle to the Door”
                                           Airborne School
                                       Cadet Raphael Moyer, MIT 2010

Airborne School, taught by the Army’s 1st Battalion,
507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, is a three week        After completing Ground Week, Paul Revere cadets
long course to teach soldiers to exit an aircraft while   were greeted by a four-day weekend that was much
in flight. On the afternoon of 20 August, several         appreciated, and let us recover from the bumps and
cadets from the Paul Revere Battalion arrived at          bruises we had encountered in our first days of
Fort Benning, Georgia, to begin training. Five long       training. We passed the time through multiple visits
days of in-processing and acclimating to the              to the local library, movie theatre and convenience
Georgia heat later, we were ready to start the first      store.
phase: Ground Week.

The first day commenced bright and early at 0430
with a Physical Fitness Test. The rest of Ground
Week focused on learning both the mass exit
technique and the parachute landing fall, or PLF.
The mass exit technique allows 30 paratroopers to
exit an aircraft in one pass over a drop zone. During
Ground Week we learned the mass exit’s basics on
a plane mock-up raised six inches off of the ground:
you hand off your static line to the safety, pivot in
the door, and jump vigorously out of the aircraft,
counting to four to ensure that your chute deploys.
We also learned the PLF, which is a method of
falling that ensures a safe landing. This was
practiced through the use of the lateral drift
apparatus, a zip line device that drops you from a        During Tower Week, we were able to put what we
height of three feet. During Ground Week, each day        had learned during Ground Week to the test from
started at 0500 with a daily morning PT session to        much greater heights. The centerpiece of Tower
get the blood flowing, and ended at around 1800.          Week was repeated jumps from the 34-foot tower,
which allowed us to practice and perfect our exit
technique, and to learn how to jump while loaded
with the equipment that a paratrooper would
normally wear into battle. We also learned the
techniques needed to control our parachutes and
avoid any obstacles that might befall us. The
training was difficult, but Paul Revere cadets
remained undeterred by the heat and constant
double time in boots and helmets.

Finally, after another anxious weekend of waiting,
we were ready for the main event: Jump Week.
Bright and early on Monday morning, the company
formed up and ran to the airfield. We went to the         Immediately after exit, the prop blast hits and sends
harness shed, collected our chutes, and began the         you flying to the rear of the plane. Before you know
long process of checks and double checks to make          it, you’ve counted to four and your chute opens, and
sure our chutes were on properly. Finally, after          you’re hanging suspended above the earth. 45
hours of waiting, we heard the C-130 cargo aircraft       second later, and, with a thud, you’ve hit the ground
arrive. Before we knew it, our sticks of 15               and rolled in a PLF. After this, you double time
paratroopers were ushered into the plane. We took         back to the collection point, get on a bus, and head
off, and soon heard the commands: 10 Minutes! Get         straight back to the hangar for another jump.
Ready! Outboard Personnel Stand Up! Inboard
Personnel Stand Up! Hook Up! Check Static Lines!          Four jumps later, two with combat load and one at
Check Equipment! Standby! And then—the                    night, we stood on the Airborne graduation field
moment we had all been waiting for—GO! The line           proudly receiving our Airborne wings. Several
starts shuffling forward, and before we knew it we        family     members     came     to     honor   our
were in the door, pivoting, and then jumping at           accomplishments, and before we knew it we were
1200 feet into the warm Georgia breeze.                   on a plane back to Boston, proud paratroopers.


                                      Nurse Summer Training Program
                                       Cadet Amanda Bisacre, Endicott 2009

Paradise, exciting and enlightening. These words do              I was also able to differentiate between two types of
not usually come to mind when someone says                       nurses. The first are very good nurses that joined the
“Army Training”. For me, however, my Army                        Army for the scholarships, high pay, and benefits.
ROTC Nurse Summer Training Program was all                       The second are the type of nurses I strive to be
these things and more. My name is Amanda Bisacre,                someday, who joined in order to save the lives of
and I am in my fourth year of Army ROTC in the                   those individuals that maintain the lifestyle and
Paul Revere Battalion. As a result, I have already               freedom of the American public, soldiers. By the
experienced many educational and life-changing                   end of the month I also completed a group project
events that are continuously shaping who I am. As a              with the oncology ward, gave an individual
nursing student in ROTC, I had the opportunity to                presentation on assisted deliveries, single-handedly
be stationed in an Army hospital for a month out of              planned and organized our graduation ceremony,
my junior year summer to train with the best of the              received a letter of appreciation form Colonel
best—Army nurses. The Army sent me to Tripler                    Jeffrey Berenberg, and spent an alternate experience
Army Medical Center, Honolulu Hawaii for this                    day in the NICU. Additionally, my performance
rigorous training. Yes, a paid month on the island of            was evaluated; being rated number one in my group
Oahu, learning more than my peers could imagine is               and having “exceeded expectations” made me truly
what the Army requested of me. After about twelve                proud of my accomplishments. This evaluation will
hours of flying I met my Point of Contact (POC)                  be extremely influential as I move forward in my
and the four other nurse cadets assigned to Tripler.             career.
Our POC began with a tour of the island, thinly
disguised as a “cultural education reconnaissance”
in order for it to seem like a vital part of the training.
Once in the hospital I was assigned to the labor and
delivery unit responsible for the majority of the
pacific region. Throughout the month I inserted
countless IV’s and catheters, distributed
medications, and experienced nearly 15 births. A
typical nursing student in the civilian world would
not be allowed to do these tasks; this training gave
me an extreme advantage.

Some of you may have noticed that 120 hours in              visiting many breathtaking sites. Aside from the
one month is not an overload of work. Rather, I had         “ordinary” activities, I also went cliff jumping,
a substantial amount of time off that was equally           snorkeling with giant sea turtles, shark diving, and
rewarding. I enjoyed all of the things that most            skydiving. Between the military discounts, free food,
people do while visiting a tropical heaven: the             lodging, and transportation, everything was easily
beach, pineapple picking, kayaking, hiking                  affordable. In the end, I gained experience, life long
volcanoes, attending a luau, seeing the wildlife, and       friends, and a great tan.

                                   CTLT Fort Bragg, North Carolina
                                     Cadet Stephen Petraeus, MIT 2009

Like many cadets, I came into the summer of my              In terms of training, there are few exercises more
Junior year still a bit unsure of what I wanted to do       intense for a unit than a JRTC rotation at Ft. Polk.
in the Army. I knew that I was interested in the            This was to be the capstone of the battalion’s
Infantry, but the question still lingered in my mind:       training prior to its upcoming November
what is it really like? I expected to find some             deployment to Iraq. For me, this meant that rather
answers when I arrived at Ft. Bragg, NC, for my             than showing up to work at 6 and leaving at 5 in the
Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT) slot, but I          afternoon, I would be living my CTLT 24/7 every
couldn’t have imagined what would await me over             day.
the next month.

I touched down at Ft. Bragg on July 23rd, and met
up with my sponsor, 1LT Chris Hadley. He was the
platoon leader of 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st
BN, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment – the unit
that I’d be attached to for the duration of my CTLT.
During CTLT, cadets are matched with sponsor,
who take them under their wing and help them
throughout their time at the unit. 1LT Hadley took
me around post as we drew the gear I would need
for the next month and prepared to leave for the
Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Ft. Polk,
LA – we would leave the day after I arrived.

While at JRTC, units undergo Situational Training            patience of the Paratroopers of whom I was in
Exercises, much like we do at our field training             command. Their example continues to inspire me,
exercises, except much longer and more complex.              and I left determined to internalize the lessons they
In addition, there is a 5 day period of force-on-force       shared.
operations, in which the entire unit is immersed in a
fictional Iraqi province.

I knew my learning curve would be steep, but soon
after I arrived at Polk, I learned something that I
hadn’t expected: the 2nd platoon leader would be
leaving early before the force-on-force part of the
exercise, and I would be stepping in as acting
platoon leader.     Few moments have been as
daunting as was standing before my new platoon
and introducing myself as their new leader!

 During my time as a platoon leader, I learned a lot,
and realized how little I really did know. I was in
charge of a night ambush, fumbling with night
vision goggles that I had only been taught how to
use the week before. I learned how to use an                 My specific CTLT experience was a matter of being
interpreter as I sat down for meetings with the              at the right place at the right time, but CTLT can be
mayor of the city; my interpreter would coach me             valuable no matter what the situation. Simply being
after each meeting, telling me how to approach such          around Soldiers and learning what it’s truly like to
situations better. Most of all, though, I was able to        work with and lead them is valuable in and of itself.
lead Paratroopers, and see just how competent and            I would recommend the CTLT program to any cadet,
tough they were. I was impressed at every juncture           regardless of branch, post, or unit.
by the depth of knowledge, professionalism, and

                          Leadership Development and Assessment Course
                                    Cadet Daniel Howard, Endicott 2009

The purpose of the Reserve Officer Training Corps           The purpose of LDAC is to evaluate the leadership
(ROTC) is to train and prepare college students to          potential of these cadets while developing their
commission as an Officer in the United States Army.         individual soldier skills. These individual skills
Each summer, nearly five thousand ROTC cadets               include the Army Physical Fitness Test, day and
from across the nation gather at Fort Lewis,                night Land Navigation, Basic Rifle Marksmanship,
Washington to participate in the Leadership                 Hand Grenade Training, Rappelling, First Aid
Development and Assessment Course (LDAC),                   Training, and Water Confidence Training. Each of
known as Warrior Forge. These college students              these skills is taught, rehearsed and then tested in
trade in their flip flops for combat boots, sunscreen       practical application. During this period each cadet
for camouflage, and that beach trip for a simulated         is also evaluated in a minimum of two leadership
deployment, while participating in a thirty-three day       positions ranging from Squad Leader, in charge of
evaluation period with an Infantry combat focus.            twelve cadets, to Company Commander, in charge
                                                            of approximately two hundred cadets. This portion
                                                            of training is designed to build the individual soldier
                                                            in order to strengthen the team in preparation for the
                                                            culminating event of Warrior Forge—an eleven day
                                                            simulated deployment.

                                                            This virtual deployment is designed to test each
                                                            cadet’s leadership ability further by introducing the
                                                            stresses of a simulated combat environment. This
                                                            environment requires cadets to operate as members
                                                            of a team that has been tasked with stopping a mock
                                                            insurgency in the notional country of Palomas.

During these eleven days cadets are required to
successfully implement the individual skills learned
during the previous nineteen days. Each team must
adapt to various challenges presented in the form of
missions including: attacks, ambushes, raids, public
affairs, meeting with civilians, rescuing friendly           Successful completion of LDAC marks the final
forces, and Forward Operating Base (FOB)                     requirement of the cadet’s ROTC career. The
procedures. During this period, cadets must give up          cadet’s performance during this period helps in
the “comforts” of the barracks and spend the entire          determining the national ranking of each cadet.
time in the woods. Yes, that means there are no              This national ranking is used to determine the
showers or bathrooms. This lack of basic amenities           Branch (job) that each cadet will be placed and
forces cadets to learn to overcome the additional            where they will first be stationed as a commissioned
challenge of being in an uncomfortable environment.          officer upon graduation from college. This training
                                                             also serves as a transition period. LDAC graduates
Despite the pressure of evaluation and the lack of           must return to their respective ROTC units and take
comfort, LDAC is also a time to meet peers from              on the responsibility of planning and executing the
around the nation and build friendships that will last       year’s activities while training and developing the
a lifetime. Since all rising seniors are required to         underclassman for their success at the Warrior
attend LDAC, it is the first opportunity for cadets to       Forge in the future.
meet those with whom they will serve in the years
to come. Building these friendships helps make the
overall experience a positive one.

                                           Ranger Challenge 2008
                                        Cadet Brandon Lew, MIT 2011

On the weekend of October 17th-19th, twelve                  training, grenade tossing, practice assembling and
members of the Paul Revere Ranger Challenge team             disassembling the M16. On those three days in late
traveled to Fort Devens, MA to compete in the                October, the team put their training to the test.
annual brigade competition. The team started
training one month earlier, under team captain CDT           After a good night’s sleep (and some doughnuts
Guerra. Six days a week, cadets came to MIT early            from Cadets Burns and Ocasio), the actual
in the morning for physical training, land navigation        competition started before dawn on Saturday
morning at the grenade assault course. After a             lunch break, our Ranger Challenge team moved
couple hours of waiting, the assault pairs waded           onto Basic Rifle Marksmanship. Shooting at
through the course. Unfortunately, a few lucky             Alternate Course C targets, our team scored above
shots by the snipers negated our good throws. The          qualification standards. The team then went to the
next event was weapons proficiency. New this year          written land navigation test, where CDT McKee
were vocalized weapons clearing and functions              dazzled the event supervisor with his calculator
check drills, in which each step had to be performed       program for many questions. After finishing the test
and stated in unison. All team members completed           and grabbing some dinner, the team concluded the
the task expeditiously. After weapons proficiency          day with night land navigation on Lawson Army
was day land navigation. Here, the team split into         Airfield.
two groups and spent forty-five minutes running
through Ft. Devens, looking for orienteering points.       Sunday morning, the team stretched out and
The two groups managed to grab most of the short-          performed the APFT in the chilly Massachusetts air.
and medium-distance points, but failed to capitalize       After a complete tabulation of results, the Ranger
on the long-distance ones.                                 Challenge team finished 14th out of 21 teams.
                                                           Looking forward to next year, each member left the
Following day land navigation was the obstacle             competition with ideas and ways to improve our
course. The Ranger Challenge team ran through the          performance. Congratulations to all the members of
course at a blistering pace, losing no one to the          the Paul Revere Ranger Challenge team! Our lone
feared ditch. Next, the cadets tackled the mystery         MS IV, CDT Wellman, the MS IIIs, CDTs Guerra,
event – a Field Leader’s Reaction Course. The team         team captain, Kmiecik, and Duncan, the MS IIs,
managed to methodically complete the mission,              CDTs Bailey, Higgins, Lew, Mangan, and McKee,
moving an ammo box up onto a pair of pylons and            and the sole MS I, CDT Milley.
through a metal tube, where it was required. After a

                                      Cadet Battalion Commander
                                      Cadet Greg Wellman, MIT 2009

The Paul Revere Battalion is stronger than ever. It        Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA and three
has truly been growing with quality, adding over 30        attended Air Assault School (including an Honor
new cadets this semester. Our new cadets have              Graduate) at Ft. Campbell, KY.
already begun to prove themselves, with a very
strong showing at their first Army Physical Fitness        The battalion has had a successful semester in terms
Test. Furthermore, an unprecedented number of              of training, highlighted by the Field Training
new cadets trained and competed with our Ranger            Exercise at Ft. Devens. Our cadets toughed out rain
Challenge team. These cadets received additional           and cold weather to complete valuable training,
training with the M-16A2 weapon system, land               including land navigation and troop leading
navigation, individual movement tactics, physical          procedures. The MSIII's took charge and led their
training and troop leading procedures.                     classmates in negotiating both the Obstacle Course
                                                           and Field Leadership Reaction Course. For many
Attesting to the battalion's strength, the MSIV's          cadets, this was a first glimpse of military training.
have enjoyed a number of successes this summer
and semester. Approximately half of the class              As always, the cadets of the Paul Revere Battalion
received an evaluation of “excellent” at LDAC –            continue to strive for excellence militarily,
one of the strongest showings in the country.              academically, and athletically. As the year
Equally impressive, six Paul Revere seniors will           progresses I expect more good new to come.
graduate and commission as Distinguished Military
Graduates in the Spring. The rest of the battalion         Chomp Chomp Hooah!
kept busy this summer: eight cadets attended
                                       Update from the Commander
                                               LTC Timothy Hall

Family and friends of the Paul Revere Battalion, I           Faculty Club. Our cadets also participated in the
would like to take this opportunity to introduce             Ranger Challenge competition at Fort Devens and
myself. My name is LTC Tim Hall, and I am the                the Joint-Service Field Day at MIT. We have also
new Professor of Military Science here at MIT. I             supported our schools with numerous color guards,
arrived at the Paul Revere Battalion in June of 2008.        Veterans’ Day ceremonies, and a number of activity
I am happy to be with the battalion, and pleased to          fairs.
serve with and develop our nation’s future officers.
As I write this, I am coming to the end of my first          I would like to congratulate all of our seniors on
semester with the Paul Revere Battalion, and I am            another accomplishment this Fall — their branch
truly impressed with our cadets and cadre alike. We          selections. Our cadets were selected for the
have one of the best battalions in Cadet Command,            following branches: Cadet Thomas Barron,
and I am honored to be a part of it.                         Infantry; Cadet Daniel Bilotti, Judge Advocate
                                                             Generals Corps; Cadet Amanda Bisacre, Army
First, I would like to highlight the accomplishments         Nurse Corps; Cadet Roxanne Bras, Corps of
of our cadets during summer training. Paul Revere            Engineers; Cadet Clarke Burns, Armor; Cadet Eric
Battalion cadets did a fantastic job at summer               Catalanotti, Infantry; Cadet Vincent Chiappini,
training this year. At the Leadership Development            Judge Advocate Generals Corps; Cadet Andrei
and Assessment Course (LDAC), 50% of our                     Doohovskoy, Infantry; Cadet Daniel Howard,
seniors achieved a rating of “Excellent”, the highest        Infantry; Cadet Vikram Mittal, Corps of Engineers;
rating cadets can achieve.      This is an impressive        Cadet Stephen Petraeus, Infantry; Cadet Brian
accomplishment in light of the fact that the Army            Thompson, Military Police Corps; and Cadet
wide average for over 5000 cadets was 23%, and               Gregory Wellman, Aviation.
the 2nd ROTC Brigade average was 24%.
Additionally, 25% of our cadets received the                 Finally, the cadre as a whole has undergone a
Recondo Award, an honor that is only given to the            number of transitions; without this dedicated team
most proficient cadets. Again, our seniors nearly            we would not be able to have the success we enjoy.
doubled the brigade average for this honor. As               We have a fantastic team of officers, NCOs, and
seen by the numbers, our cadets consistently exceed          civilians whom I would like to recognize and
standards and quality benchmarks. Throughout this            introduce: MSG Carlos Santiago, Senior Military
past summer, we had a total of 17 internships and            Instructor; Major Deidre Perrin, Scholarship and
training opportunities for cadets ranging from the           Enrollment Officer; CPT Nick Griffiths, Executive
Nurse Summer Training Program, to Cadet Troop                Officer; CPT Mark Chaney, Training Officer; SFC
Leader Training, to military schools such as                 Kaz Karwowski, Training NCO; Mr. Norm
Airborne and Air Assault Courses. I would like to            Michaud, Human Resources Technician; Mr. Mike
congratulate all cadets on completing their summer           Thomas, Supply Technician; Mrs. Lisa Morin,
training in an exemplary manner.                             Administrative Assistant; CPTs Rob McMahon,
                                                             Luke Devlin, and Dave Gowel – Adjunct Faculty.
We have also had a successful Fall semester of               These people are responsible for all the work that
training since school started in September. We               goes into ensuring our cadets are best prepared for
completed a large number of events that                      commissioning.
significantly impacted our ability to train and retain
cadets in the program. We conducted a new Cadet
Orientation at Camp Curtis Guild (Reading, MA), a
battalion field training exercise (FTX) at Fort              No Fear! Paul Revere!
Devens, MA, and a battalion dining-in at MIT’s
                                    Words from Paul Revere Alumni
                                    2LT Brian Harutunian, Endicott 2008

In high school, I wanted to enlist in the military. At that time, some very intelligent people sat me down and
told me that to better myself and others, I should go to college and become a military officer. When I started
looking at colleges, I knew that my college of choice had to have a football team, a criminal justice program,
and of course an ROTC program. Endicott was a great fit for me. I was able to earn a degree, play football, and
earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

Endicott also had additional perks: a very generous female to male ratio, three private beaches, a great location
twenty miles from Boston (title town), and of course, in my opinion, the most diverse Army ROTC battalion in
the country. There are seven schools within the Paul Revere Battalion. They range from a prestigious Ivy
League (Harvard), to the exclusive MIT, Tufts, and Wellesley, to a small private college (Endicott), a Christian
college (Gordon), and a large, public university (Salem State). Much like the Army, the Paul Revere comprises
a set of individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, who all still bring something valuable
to the team for the same fight. Being able to go to Endicott College allowed me to become a better Army
Officer. When put into leadership positions, I learned leadership first hand by controlling seven different
schools within a fifty mile radius from each other. I was able to develop myself into what I wanted, how I
wanted. I had the pleasure of meeting many different people with a wide variety of experiences opinions with
regard to the military, and I was able to learn and better myself from each person I met at Endicott-- whether
student, Professor or faculty.

There was outstanding support from Endicott for the ROTC program, from President Wylie right down to the
individual students who accepted the Cadets with ease and excitement. I have heard stories of other universities
in America where there is no support and even protests against the students who participate within their
school’s Army ROTC programs; I have never felt or experienced anything but positive feelings from the
community at Endicott College. There was also great support from each student. Going to a small institution
allowed me to get what I needed to prepare myself for my future after Endicott College. I was able to
participate with three internships with various Massachusetts law enforcement departments. There is a pride
that is felt from the student community about Endicott and most students are very adequate with changes and
meeting new people. Endicott College allowed me to have experiences that I will keep with me forever, I was
also was able to develop my interpersonal skills and that allows me to be just a better person. I can say with
great pleasure that Endicott College most definitely made me a more educated, well-rounded individual, and a
better leader.

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                                 in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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