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At War: R.O.T.C. Returns to New York’s City College More Than Four Decades After Removal

ROTC high crawl

I wrote a short article for the New York Times At War Blog about today’s ceremony welcoming back ROTC to City College. This has been long in the making, and I’m personally looking forward to learning how it all went down.

The team at the New York Times did a great job digging up some photos from the late 1960s showing students mocking ROTC drills on the campus. Perfect find for the piece.

I’m really proud of this article and especially proud that ROTC is returning to City College today.

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Incoming Scuds! Quick, everyone to the shower! (Mar. 2003)

We didn't have enough bunkers to hide from incoming Scud missiles, so we went to the showers. Not sure the thin sheet metal would have done much, but it was some place to go. When the alert went off, it felt like the scene from Spaceballs where everyone is scurrying to escape pods, but they're all taken. Sitting in the showers, waiting for the "all clear" signal was terrifying. Despite this, some of us tried our best to be chipper and waved when the picture was being taken. Others, not so much.

We didn’t have enough bunkers to hide from incoming Scud missiles, so we went to the showers. Not sure the thin sheet metal would have done much, but it was some place to go. When the alert went off, it felt like the scene from Spaceballs where everyone is scurrying to escape pods, but they’re all taken. Sitting in the showers, waiting for the “all clear” signal was terrifying. Despite this, some of us tried our best to be chipper and waved when the picture was being taken. Others, not so much.

I wrote about how I learned the war had started at the New York Times ‘At War’ blog. Check it out.