ROTC Hosts 2013 Joint Services Military Ball
The New York Capital District Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) celebrated its 62nd annual Joint Services Military Ball last month.
More than 330 individuals attended the event, including ROTC members representing branches of the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines from area universities, as well as ROTC officers and guests. Area universities included Rensselaer, Union College, Siena College, the University at Albany, College of Saint Rose, and Russell Sage College.
Major General Harold J. Greene ’80, a former cadet from the Army ROTC program at Rensselaer, was the guest of honor. “The mood was joyous, and everyone was really excited to hear General Greene’s speech,” said Patrick Holzlein, an NROTC midshipman and junior majoring in civil engineering, who also serves as the public affairs officer for NROTC. “All of us were listening to Cadet Adam Huller, the Joint Service Commander, when General Greene asked him to stop the introduction because we could all read his background in our programs.
“General Greene said that he was hoping to deliver an ‘ice cream speech,’ which was a term that none of us were familiar with,” Holzlein noted. “In his speech, General Greene talked about the only guest of honor speech he remembered from the various balls and military events that he attended, and one of the key points that a brigadier general mentioned is that ‘you need to be passionate about things outside the military,’ which goes for just about everything. It just so happens the general that General Greene referred to loved homemade ice cream, so that was part of the focus of his speech.”
The military ball has been part of the ROTC tradition at Rensselaer since 1950. The annual event is held in different locations across the Capital Region. This year, the event was held in Cohoes.
*Midshipman Patrick Holzlein contributed to this story.