The New York City Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Fordham held its annual hall of fame induction ceremony and military ball on Feb. 22. The day began with a luncheon at O’Keefe Commons in O’Hare Hall on the Rose Hill campus and concluded with an evening of dining and dancing at Marina del Rey in Throgs Neck, N.Y.
Four University graduates were inducted into the hall after distinguished careers on and off the field of battle: Col. Robert E. Hildner, FCRH ’59; Col. Edward H. Winkler, FCRH ’67, LAW ’72; 1st Lt. Dominic Ternan, O.F.M., FCRH ’27; and Maj. Gen. Charles J. Timmes, FCRH ’28, LAW ’30. Ternan and Timmes were inducted posthumously.
Gorgeous and magnificent were superlatives used by some of the roughly 200 attendees of the military ball to describe the winter wonderland effect created by the snow and ice outside the banquet hall reflecting the lights of the city. The event traditionally marks the start of the final training period for senior cadets.
Brig. Gen. Guy Sans-Pingot, GSAS ’95, commander of the 353rd Civil Affairs Brigade, addressed the guests, saying that however much some things may have changed in today’s Army from years past, certain things—honor, duty and pride—will never change.