On October 22, 2016, the Beaver Battalion held the annual Navy Fall Ball in the Memorial Union Ball Room. Rear Admiral John W. Ailes, Deputy Commander for Fleet Readiness, SPAWAR Systems Command, and 1985 graduate of the OSU NROTC program was the guest of honor. Captain James A. Haggart, former Commander of the Beaver Battalion and Professor of Naval Science, was also in attendance.
As the first major social event of the academic year, the fall ball was the first time many of our students had the opportunity to interact with fellow officers, and midshipmen and their guests in a formal setting.
The event also included a special cake cutting ceremony to commemorate the United States Navy’s 241st birthday, where the oldest and youngest Navy attendees cut the cake using a Navy sword. On sharing this ceremony with RDML Ailes, Midshipman Alexandra L. Henley, a freshman in the battalion and youngest Navy attendee, said “It’s a one of a kind experience that you will not go through unless you are engaged in a program like NROTC. The traditional aspect made me feel really proud of what I will be doing, as a future officer in the Navy.”
Throughout the evening, the Beaver Battalion got to experience and practice many time honored Navy traditions, customs, and courtesies such as a sword arch, bell ringing ceremony, display of colors, receiving line and speeches from the Commanding Officer and the guest of honor.