Commander, Submarine Group Two



Yale Dean Visits Groton

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- The commander of Submarine Group 2 hosted the dean of Yale College, her deputy, and various other engineering and applied science deans to reconnect the university with the local military in Connecticut Sept. 19.

"It is inherent in our nature as submariners to attract the best and brightest men and women to work in our submarine forces, and through the NROTC [Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps] scholarship opportunity at Yale they will be afforded an Ivy League education second to none," said Rear Adm. Breckenridge, Commander, Submarine Group (CSG) 2.

Yale and the military have had close ties prior to the founding of our nation. David Bushnell was credited for creating the first submarine ever used in combat while studying at Yale University in 1775. The First Yale Unit, the nation and Navy's first naval air reserve unit, is credited as beginning at Yale in 1915. During World War II, more than 20,000 Soldiers, Sailors and Marines were trained on campus at Yale.

"We want to continue to build upon the strong military ties between Yale University, Submarine Group 2 and Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London for years to come," said Breckenridge.

Breckenridge added that the culture of learning and the educational opportunities offered at Yale will complement our submarine culture of academic excellence. Showcasing the excellence in training at New London Submarine Base, the dean and her staff visited a number of trainers to include the Submarine Escape Trainer, the Virtual Submarine Watchstanding Trainer, Submarine Piloting and Navigation Trainer, as well as the Weapons Handling Lab and Torpedo Tube Trainer.

Following the Submarine School trainer portion of the visit, Cmdr. John McGunnigle, USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) commanding officer, and Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Anderson, New Hampshire executive officer, hosted the Yale visitors aboard their boat.

Anderson, an NROTC graduate, reflected on his commissioning path and the experiences that shaped his naval career.

"The NROTC program allowed me to get a firsthand insight of the submarine, surface and air communities, which allowed me an opportunity to make an educated decision on which career path that best suited me," said Anderson.

Capt. Marc Denno, Naval Submarine Base New London commanding officer, hosted the Yale visitors for lunch at the base's Cross Hall Galley.

"It's always a pleasure to have leaders in higher education visit the base and gain insight not only into our submarine force but also into Naval Submarine School and our Center of Excellence for Submarine Force training," said Denno. "SUBASE New London is much like a college campus itself, with some 1,200 Sailors on any given day as our students, a galley as our cafeteria, barracks as our dormitories, the Liberty Center as our student union, and the most high-tech trainers and advanced submarines as our classrooms."

In May, Yale President Richard Levin and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus signed an agreement that established the NROTC's presence on the New Haven campus for the first time since the early 1970s.

"We were delighted to announce the return of Naval ROTC to Yale back in May. As President Levin noted at the time, this is 'a new chapter in a proud tradition' of military service at Yale, one which will provide opportunities for Yale College students," said Mary Miller, Yale College dean.

In 2012, Yale's NROTC program will become a part of the NROTC consortium with the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts.

"We are equally delighted to be part of the NROTC consortium with the College of the Holy Cross and create opportunities for civic-minded young people from across southern New England to realize their goals of education and service," said Miller.