Naval Academy Adds Cadence Push-Ups, Planks to Fitness Test – Reports

Midshipmen will be hit with two big changes on this week’s Physical Readiness Test as the Naval Academy adopts new exercises leaders say better measure future officers’ fitness levels.

Cadence push-ups and planks will be required when prospective Navy and Marine Corps officers take their biannual fitness test on Saturday. Midshipmen have been testing the new exercises in physical training courses and other venues for about a year, and members of the academy’s class of 2023 took the fall PRT using cadence push-ups and planks.

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Looking Ahead: An Update from USC President Carol L. Folt

Click Here to check out USC President Carol L. Folt’s recent update, including reflecting on Fall 2019 accomplishments, addressing recent concerns and fears about the coronavirus. February Black History Month events at the school, and her outlook towards the future.

Inside the Newsletter you will find more in-depth details about a number of key areas:

 ⦁ Access and Affordability
⦁ Student Health
⦁ Admissions
⦁ Sustainability
⦁ Faculty, Students, and Athletics
⦁ Keck Medicine of USC
⦁ Human Resources and Staff
⦁ The Culture Commission
⦁ Philanthropy
⦁ And lastly, President Folt’s recent interview about a variety of issues impacting USC.

A great read to stay updated on the greater Trojan family!

Fight on!

80th Anniversary Reunion Cancelled


In light of the current Coronavirus pandemic, USC has taken strong action to cancel all on and off-campus events for the near term.  As such we are cancelling the 3-4 April “NROTC 80th Anniversary & Spring Ball.”  Many of you have travel plans to come to LA, along with staying at the USC Hotel for the event.  I will be working with the hotel regarding cancelling rooms and our ballroom event.  Hopefully you can resolve airline travel plans and booking fees.


On a positive note I have been talking with the NROTC CO – Col Sean McBride – and we are looking at the possibility of rescheduling our 80th Anniversary event to be in November, jointly with the midshipmen’s annual “Birthday Ball.”  More on that in coming month, and updates will be included in the next issue of The LOG newsletter, and also on our website –


Deposits that you have made for the 3-4 April event can be either: (1) refunded to you, or (2) saved for a rescheduled event in November.  Please contact Bob Brockmeier at with your choice.


This is a challenging situation that we all have to deal with to stay safe and protect ourselves and loved ones…


Still Fighting on…


Paul Alwine


President, USC NROTC Alumni League

Spring / Summer 2018 Log

Spring / Summer 2018 Log

USC NROTC 75th Anniversary

This year we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Naval ROTC program at
the University of Southern California. Since 1940 the USC NROTC program has commissioned
thousands of Navy & Marine Corps officers that have served our country in the fleet and around
the world. On April 10-11, 2015 we take time from our busy schedules to gather in Los Angeles,
on the USC campus, for our 75th Anniversary “Diamond Jubilee!” With classmates, friends
and family we will commemorate this historic occasion, remember our time as Midshipmen in the
Trojan battalion and have some FUN!

The reunion begins with a welcome reception on Friday evening April 10th. Events on
Saturday, April 11th include a walking tour of the USC campus and an optional visit to the USS
IOWA (BB-61), now a battleship museum in San Pedro. The reunion highlight will be the
spectacular banquet dinner at USC’s “Town and Gown” on Saturday evening. We will
celebrate the occasion in style, saluting each of the Decades and honoring our Distinguished
NROTC Alumni. Additionally, we will jointly celebrate the annual Midshipmen Spring Ball,
which honors the “Diamond Jubilee” Class of 2015. These Midshipmen will graduate and be
commissioned on May 15th and take their place in the fleet, following a long and proud tradition
of USC NROTC grads. The rest of the Trojan battalion will also be in attendance so you can
meet the current Midshipmen, the future leaders of the Navy and Marine Corps. Our guest
speaker will be RADM Mike Tillotson, USN (Ret), USC Class of 1980. It will be an
unforgettable evening!

*** Welcome Reception ***
Friday, April 10th (5:00pm-7:00pm at the USC PE Building – Wardroom & Atrium)
Join us for a casual Welcome Reception in the NROTC spaces of the PE building. Don’t miss this
first opportunity to catch up with classmates and acquaintances. Remember your time as a
midshipman as you visit the Wardroom, the CO’s office and even the Computer Lab on the 3rd deck!
Wine, beer and soft drinks will be served, along with many “light bites.” There is a $25 charge per
person to attend the reception, and please indicate on your registration form if you plan to attend.
On campus parking can be purchased ($10) if driving to campus. It’s an easy walk across campus
from the Radisson hotel, if you are staying there. Following the reception, dinner is on your own,
there are several restaurants within walking distance. Attire is California Casual (Slacks and
collared shirt, sport coat optional). Link to USC Campus Map –

*** Campus Walking Tour ***
Saturday, April 11th (9am – 10:30am)
Check out the many new (and old) buildings on the USC campus with this morning walking tour.
We will leave from the lobby of the Radisson at 9 am, with several midshipmen acting as tour
guides. If you haven’t been on campus for a while, there are lots of new sights to see! Wear
comfortable walking shoes.

*** USS IOWA Tour ***
Saturday, April 11th (11am – 3:00pm)
Tour the famous battleship, the USS IOWA (BB-61), which is now a museum ship in San Pedro.
We will depart at 11am from the Radisson lobby by bus for the drive to the Los Angeles harbor.
Enroute we will have box lunches for the attendees before reaching the ship for a VIP tour. After
seeing and learning about the history of this amazing ship we’ll return by bus to the Radisson.
Wear comfortable shoes for walking and climbing ladders!

*** Diamond Jubilee Banquet ***
Saturday, April 11th (5:00pm-10:00pm)
Join your friends and classmates for the elegant “Diamond Jubilee” banquet dinner at the “Town
and Gown” ballroom on campus, a short walk from the Radisson. Campus parking will be
available for $10. Cocktails will be available from the cash bar at 5:00pm; the program and
dinner will be start at 6:00pm. The midshipmen of the Trojan battalion will also be attending for
their annual “Spring Ball.” Please make your entrée selection on your reservation form. As this
is a military function, uniforms are encouraged and the dress for the banquet is as follows:
• Navy: Active/Reserve – Dinner Dress White Jacket, Dinner Dress White or Dinner Dress Blue.
Retirees may optionally wear the uniforms listed.
• Marine Corps: Active/Reserve – Dress Blue Alpha for Company Grade and Mess Dress for field
grade. Retirees may optionally wear the uniforms listed.
• Civilians/Retirees: Tuxedo or Dark Suit & Tie (with miniature medals on both if desired)
• Ladies: Cocktail attire

Join us 10 – 11 April in Los Angeles! If you did not receive an invitation mailing contact Paul Alwine at

Phil Tenkhoff ’59

I am retired and living in Olympia, WA. Last May, I organized a 50th reunion of my Naval Reactor Engineering School class in Pittsburgh. We all served under ADM Hyman Rickover, “Father of the Nuclear Navy.”

George McMichael ’57

My son-in-law, LCDR Dave Schwind, has left the Navy for a civilian position in Northern California. Paddy and I will be following the four grandchildren and returning to California as soon as we can sell our home on the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, VA. We will be moving to the Central Valley, in or near Vacaville to be close to the grandchildren and simply to get back “out west.”

Clark Leonard ’56

Life is good! Retired for 26 years, still playing tennis twice weekly, only slower than while playing for USC. Also still playing competitive Bridge twice a week. Grandson is a Marine like me! 1stLt deployed to Afghanistan in February 2012. His wife, also a 1stLt, came home from Afghanistan in February – not much   time   to   meet.     It’s   been   a   tough   first   year   of   marriage  for  them.    Semper  Fi  and  pray  for  our  troops.

Howard Laverty ’54

I served 7 1/2 years of active duty: 2 years on USS HELENA (CA-75) with 2 WESTPAC cruises, 2 years aboard USS LOFBERG (DD-759) with 2 WESTPAC cruises, 2 years at FLEET ASW School in San Diego, 1 year on USS HAMUL (AD-20) home ported in Long Beach, CA. In 1962, I left active duty but remained in the Ready Reserve for the next 22 years and retired as a Captain in 1985. After retiring, I served as a US Naval Academy  Information  Officer  for  14  years.    If  I  count  my   NROTC time, I wore the Navy uniform for 48 years.

Astronaut Gerald P. (Jerry) Carr ’54

Pat and I are living in Manchester Center, VT and enjoying winters. We’re not fully retired, but making a full-time effort in sculpture. Pat, an artist for over 60 years, designs our pieces and I engineer them. We have a large commissioned sculpture on the grounds of the newly opened Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. It was a proud moment for us when it was dedicated. The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has, at my urging, selected USC as a participating university for an annual $10,000 sci- ence/engineering/technology/math scholarship. I had the pleasure  of  presenting  the  first  check  to  Simca  Bouma  on   3 Oct 11. She is an outstanding student!