Welcome to the NU ROTC Alumni Society (NUROTCAS) website

Being an active participant in the ROTC Alumni Society at Northeastern University is vital to the success and sustainability of our organization. We are a small but active group whose main purpose is to support the PMS in the furtherance of the ROTC Program at Northeastern.

As your President, I am pleased that so many of our seasoned alumni remain active in the organization, but we need involvement from members of all classes to continue to offer our support to a program that played such an important role in our Northeastern experience. There are three significant ways that you can support the ROTCAS:

  • Become an active member of the Executive Board.
  • Make a gift to the Society.
  • Attend Executive Board meetings and functions in support of the Liberty Battalion at NU and NU's/NUROTCAS Veterans Day Ceremonies.

We are always looking for additional members and help of any kind is always appreciated. Please contact membership chairman Dennis Christo at if you want to become an active member of our society. If you have any comments or questions, please contact me at 978.772.3707 or 978.397.8956, or by email at

Thank you, and we hope to see you at some of our upcoming events.

Best regards,

Dave Sawyer, Ed’63
President, NUROTCAS

NUROTC Annual Meeting

Please join us on 23 July 2013 at 8 p.m. (EDT) for our first ever annual meeting via Webinar. Your Executive Committee believes that this is the easiest way to get our members involved from across the country and the globe, and gather thoughts and comments from the membership.

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Liberty Battalion Schedule of Events 2012 - 2013

Please join your fellow alumni members and cadets at any of the following events. Call Thomas Parshall at 617.373.2376 for particulars.

Military Ball
23 March 2013

Back Bay Hilton,
40 Dalton Street
Boston, Mass.

Awards Ceremony

12 April 2013

Yawkey Athletic Center, Murray Room
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston College
Parking available at the Beacon Street Garage

2 May 2013

The Great Hall
Faneuil Hall (2nd floor)
1 Faneuil Hall Square
Boston, Mass. 02109

Veterans Day 2012

by Jason Sokolov, LA'63

Everyone seemed to agree that there was never a finer autumn day in New England than Monday, Nov. 12, the observance of Veterans Day at Northeastern. That date had some advantages: since it was the official holiday date, driving was easy and parking was no problem because the school was closed.  Most importantly, many alumni with commitments on the 11th were available to attend the following day, and the attendance of alumni and others was most excellent.

Remembrance Ceremony

The program followed the three-part sequence that has become traditional over the past years beginning with the dedication of the Veterans Memorial in 2006. First, the NU ROTC Alumni Society, in partnership with the Student Veterans Organization, conducted its traditional Remembrance Ceremony starting promptly at 1 p.m. in 240 Egan, directly adjacent to the Veterans Memorial. Dick Power, BA’63, who shared the master of ceremonies role with Andrew Beatty ’14 of the SVO, opened the proceedings with a pledge of allegiance, a moment of silence and a brief presentation about the role of the university’s alumni, students and faculty who have engaged in combat dating back to World War I. Following the method of prior years, the names of the 284 alumni honored on the Veterans Memorial were read in segments corresponding to WW I, WW II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War and the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns. Among the alumni participating were Dennis Christo, LA’65; Dick Mallion, LA’62; Ed Hupprich, LA’64; Greg Cahill, E’64, ME’70; Dave Hurwitz, E’67; Randy Craig, E’64, ME’65; Dave Sawyer, Ed’63; Tom Desmond, LA’73; and Steve Brainard, BA’64.  Candles were lit in memory of members of the Northeastern family who died during those wars. Cadets and Student Veterans also participated, including: Maura Mathewson ’16; Hochiang Wang ’14; Jason Hernandex ’15; Makuya Boshen ’15; Mike Cicchese ’14; and Andy McCarty ’14. Keith Hiller of the College of Profession Studies staff was also on hand.

Continuing research performed by Bill Maloney, BA’68, resulted in Northeastern certifying three new plaques for the Veterans Memorial. As a result of the outstanding support by Kathleen Holtz, a senior development associate at Northeastern, the families of all three were present at the ceremonies. Family representatives of U.S. Army CPT Francis “Frank” Curtin, E’36, who was killed in the Korean Conflict, and USMC CPT Alfred Leonard Tripp, E’63, who died on a mission in Vietnam in 1968, offered moving reminiscences of each. Jason Sokolov, LA’63, made a brief dedication speech for USMC CPL Robert Louis Curry, BA’67, who was killed in Vietnam in 1967.

We were honored to have President Joseph E. Aoun and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano present briefly at our ceremony, which closed with a lovely rendition of God Bless America by the award-winning Nor’easters, the university a cappella group.  After a brief intermission, the university ceremony convened outside at the Veterans Memorial.

University Ceremony

The 26th Infantry Division Band, under the leadership of bandmaster CPT Frank Zarba, provided prelude and accompanying music throughout the afternoon. We were also honored to have with us Brigadier General Greg Smith and Command Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Quinn, who represented Major General Scott Rice, the Acting Adjutant General of Massachusetts. It might also be noted that, for the first time, local affiliates of the ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX television networks had reporters present, and the ceremonies were noted in the local television media and newspapers.

Michael Trudeau ’13, the president of the Student Veterans Organization, was master of ceremonies and he opened the proceedings at 2:30 p.m. with an excellent speech drawing the audience’s attention to the large number of veterans in the Northeastern student body and their varied service experiences. After the national anthem, Lieutenant Colonel Blaise Gallahue, the Professor of Military Science, who replaced retiring Lieutenant Colonel Gary Soldato in June, spoke, as did President Aoun, who introduced Secretary Napolitano. Napolitano spoke of the recent emergencies created by Hurricane Sandy, but took special care to mention the patriotism and sacrifices of the three alumni to whom plaques were being dedicated. Chairman Emeritus Neal Finnegan, BA’61, H’98, was absent because of health reasons and Dick Power ably fulfilled Neal’s usual role of eulogizing the alumni to whom plaques were being dedicated. He joined Secretary Napolitano and President Aoun in presenting duplicates of the plaques to family members.

Four wreaths were then placed by ROTC cadets, but in a touching innovation, President Aoun and Secretary Napolitano placed the fifth. Flags were then lowered to half-staff and Taps was played to conclude the proceedings.


A very pleasant reception followed back in 240 Egan, which had quickly been re-arranged with tables and an inviting offering of refreshments. The Student Veterans Organization and the NU ROTC Alumni Society were co-hosts of the event, which has become a wonderful chance for reconnecting with old friends and meeting the people who are instrumental in conducting the events of the day. Many of those attending lingered through the afternoon to renew old friendships and took the opportunity to introduce one another to guests, spouses, friends and university staff.

An Important Final Word

No description of this type can hope to describe the currents of quiet emotion in our ceremonies.  First, the families honored are always deeply moved. CPT Frank Curtin graduated 76 years ago, survived WW II, and was killed in Korea in 1950. One can only imagine the reaction of the family when they learned that Frank Curtin was to be specifically remembered by Northeastern, and the sacrifices of the Curtin family were touchingly recalled in the remarks of a nephew. CPT Robert Curry’s 93 year-old mother attended the ceremonies, as did the daughter that CPL Curry never saw, his granddaughter, sister and sister-in-law. CPT Tripp’s widow and other family members were present to participate in ceremonies held 44 years after he was lost.

Others attended to honor the friends, classmates or family members whose names are memorialized on the plaques dedicated in prior years. For those attending, it is a moment to be reminded of the days of one’s youth and friends of long ago.

Liberty Battalion

FORT KNOX, Ky. -- The Army's Cadet Command announced the eight winners of the MacArthur Awards for the school year 2010-2011. The award recognizes the eight schools, selected from among the 273 senior Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) nationwide, as the top Army ROTC programs in the country. The Northeastern University ROTC program (Liberty Battalion) was one of them. Our congratulations are extended to the cadre and cadets for this outstanding achievement.

This is the website for the Liberty Battalion at Northeastern University. Take a look and find out about today's cadets in the ROTC program - it will leave you with a good feeling.

Veterans Memorial

This site is a must view.

Veterans Memorial Website

NU ROTC Alumni Society Annual Contributions Appeal

Your gift to the Alumni Society directly supports the ROTC program at Northeastern and will help offset some of the costs associated with Liberty Battalion cadet activities. During the 2010-11 academic year, we have helped fund participation in The Ranger Challenge weekend at Fort Devens, MA, and Branch Notification Night, as well as cadet scholarships at the Liberty Battalion Awards Ceremony. Because of increases in alumni gifts in recent years, we have been able to increase the three NUROTCAS Awards to $300 each.

You can still make a gift online through Northeastern's secure Online Giving Form.

In the Special Instructions area, insert NUROTCAS. If you have questions please e-mail me at

Bylaws and Constitution

NU ROTCAS Bylaws (pdf)
This is the set of rules by which the Society is run. The Bylaws and Constitution may be modified by the members at the annual meeting.

NUROTCAS Constitution (pdf)
This is the founding document of the Society approved by the members at the annual meeting.