US Army Vice Chief of Staff to View Annual Tri-service Pass in Review of Boston University ROTC Programs
Contact: Ann Deveney, 617/353-2240 | email@example.com
Boston, MA — Cadets from Boston University’s Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC programs will present colors to Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General Jack Keane on April 20, 2002 during the annual Tri-Service Pass In Review ceremony. The colorful event will take place at the University’s Student Village at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Buick Street. General Keane will be joined on the reviewing stand by a host of dignitaries and guests from the community, including BU Chancellor John Silber and President Jon Westling.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. with an air assault demonstration by cadets who will arrive at the reviewing area aboard a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. The full regiment of 300 cadets will then march onto the field and pass by the reviewing stand as the U.S. Navy Band of Newport, Rhode Island plays the National Anthem and the Air Force conducts a fly-over featuring A10s and T38s. At 10:30 a.m. there will be a seventeen-gun salute to General Keane prior to his remarks.
Following the ceremony, there will be a reception for guests and dignitaries at the Student Village, 10 Buick Street. Along with a military horse platoon, there will be a display of Army equipment, including three 105-millimeter artillery pieces, the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, two HUMMVs, and a Combat Engineer Vehicle (CEV).
General Keane assumed duties as the 29th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army on June 22, 1999. He is an infantry officer who has commanded at every level, from company to corps, and has experience in all types of infantry – airborne, air assault, light, and mechanized. Prior to his current duties, he spent 20 years in command and staff assignments in support of operational and joint forces.
General Keane’s awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, five Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
The ROTC program at BU is in its 83rd year. On August 16, 1919, the U.S. War Department authorized the establishment of a Students’ Army Training Corps at Boston University. Its first two battalions belonged to the College of Business Administration, which was then located at 525 Boylston St. in the Back Bay. They conducted their marching drills on the Boston Common.
For further information on this event, please call Ann Deveney at BU’s Office of Public Relations (617/353-7161).
Editor’s Note: If you are interested in covering this event, please call Ann Deveney at 617/353-4198. A timeline for the Pass In Review ceremony is attached.
Presidential Tri-Service Pass In Review
April 20, 2002
Pass In Review Timeline
Officers arrive at parade site and confirm set up
Set up of static display
Corps of cadets forms in front of Commonwealth Armory shed
Air assault rehearsal with UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter
Corps of cadets from on ready line
Pass In Review Ceremony
Air assault demonstration (UH60 Blackhawk and rifles)
Regiment marches onto the field
National Anthem; Air Force fly over with A10s and T38s
General Keane – honors and remarks (17-gun cannon salute at 10:30 a.m.)
Pass In Review by corps of cadets
Reception at Student Village; static display in parking lot 10 Buick Street
Breakdown of static display