More than 75 cadets and midshipmen from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and Merchant Marines visited the Laboratory on Tuesday for the annual Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Day.
The annual event, sponsored by the National Security Office (NSO) and Strategic Human Resources Management, is an opportunity for attendees to learn more about LLNL, its mission, programs and internship and career opportunities through the ROTC Internship Program and the Newly Commissioned Officer Program.
Barry Goldman, manager of the Military Student Program, welcomed attendees and provided a framework for the day, followed by remarks from Laboratory Director Emeritus George Miller; Peter Rodrik, deputy site manager, Livermore Field Office; and Col. George Sakaldasis (USAF, retired), deputy director for Military/Nuclear Affairs, NSO.
"We want you to know that there are other organizations to consider outside of the Department of Defense that are a part of the national security establishment," Sakaldasis said. "For the past 15 years or so, the Laboratory has been providing opportunities for ROTC cadets and midshipmen through a variety of programs. We have two objectives for you today: to familiarize you with the Laboratory's capabilities to support the national defense effort, and to encourage you to become ROTC or Newly Commissioned Officer interns in the future."
The daylong event included a Lab overview by Lt. Col. Holly Franz (USAF, retired), deputy for Operations, NSO, along with tabletop exhibits, tours and a special panel discussion, "An Active Duty Perspective," led by Sakaldasis with Capt. Nathan Motz, Capt. Jack Ingber, Capt. Michael Sun and 1st Lt. Joshua Glass, from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base, California. The panelists discussed their own career pathways and answered questions.
Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton (USAF), principal assistant deputy administrator for Military Application, National Nuclear Security Administration, gave a briefing, "A General Officer's Perspective."
Other distinguished visitors attending the event included Col. Tod Lyons, USMC, senior Marines representative and associate dean of Research at the Naval Postgraduate School; Col. Jon Ellis, USA, deputy commander, Pacific Division, 75th Training Command, Camp Parks; and LTC Gerald Hall, USAR (AGR) garrison commander, Camp Parks.
Tour stops included the National Ignition Facility, the High Explosives Applications Facility, High Performance Computing and Advanced Conventional Munitions facilities.
"The cadets and midshipman always are surprised to learn of the breadth of research performed at LLNL and its work in support of the military," Goldman said. "By the end of the day, when asked, approximately two-thirds of the participants expressed an interest in returning for an internship before starting their military service."