Honoring our ROTC legacy

A photo of President Choi attending Pass in Review on Stankowski Field.
2022 Joint Services Pass in Review on Stankowski Field.

On Friday, I participated in the Joint Services Pass in Review – one of our oldest Mizzou traditions. For more than 150 years, the university’s ROTC units have publicly demonstrated their training and readiness. It was an honor to see them parade on Stankowski Field and to celebrate their accomplishments.

A photo of a plaque dedicated to General Gordon.
A dedicatory plaque inside the John A. Gordon Albuquerque Complex, a new National Nuclear Security Administration facility.

A great example of MU’s ROTC legacy is the late Gen. John A. Gordon, an Air Force ROTC cadet and a 1968 physics graduate. He went on to become the first Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

Last month, the Department of Energy opened its new state-of-the-art NNSA facility in Albuquerque and named it after him. You can also find his name on our wall of notable alumni in Jesse Hall. Recently, I met Gen. Gordon’s wife, Marilyn, who remains a committed member of the Mizzou family.

We are grateful to our ROTC cadets and midshipmen for their continued example of true service.

— Mun