VMI Navy ROTC trains at Smith Mountain Lake for second year

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) – This time of yr Virginia Army Institute Navy ROTC is typically teaching in Norfolk. But because of to the pandemic, that wasn’t feasible in 2021.

“When chatting to my buddy Colonel Craig Streeter, he explained, hey what can we do at the lake?” stated Jeff Prowse, operator/operator of Mitchell’s Position Marina.

That led to the education currently being held at Prowse’s Marina at Smith Mountain Lake in 2021 and now 2022 as very well.

It is not the Atlantic Ocean but even now offers all-around 80 midshipmen an crucial hands on knowledge. Such as nautical guidelines of the road schooling, destruction regulate training and sea towing experience.

“VMI currently being a small bit considerably away from the ocean, we don’t have all the good sources there to do some Navy schooling. So it’s a good opportunity remaining capable to be out here on the water,” said Lt. Daniel Franceschina, a Naval Science Teacher at VMI.

It’s all possible via community partnerships, like Mitchell’s Position Marina, Smith Mountain Lake Marine Fire Rescue and Sea Tow.

“All these fireplace section guys, all these sea tow men, most of them are veterans. It’s wonderful to get the more mature generation, younger technology jointly,” claimed Prowse.

It’s a mastering encounter on the shore and off of it. But it is all about doing the job together.

“In the Navy it is a single genuinely huge crew. So it is actually excellent to get expertise and receiving through the schooling with each other,” explained Zachary Craven, Midshipman Initially Course at VMI.

For the Smith Mountain Lake group, they hope this is a tradition that carries on for a very long time.

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