Carnegie Mellon University
November 09, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon’s Naval ROTC Unit To Honor Veterans During Flag-Raising Ceremony

Contact: Chriss Swaney / 412-268-5776 /
Event: Carnegie Mellon University’s Naval ROTC unit will host a flag-raising ceremony honoring CMU students, employees and alumni who are veterans, as well as veterans from the Pittsburgh community.

“This project helps connect our Naval ROTC unit to veterans and to history in a way that is both meaningful and instructional,” said Michael S. Danko, ROTC coordinator at CMU. More than 90 cadets will attend the ceremony, which is open to the public.

The ceremony will pay special recognition to CMU alumnus Lt. Col. Christopher “Otis” Raible, who died leading a counterattack against enemy forces Sept. 14 at Camp Bastion in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He earned a degree in civil and environmental engineering from CMU in 1995 before being commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

Others participating in the ceremony include William Rodgers of Bellevue, who served on the Navy’s U.S. Razorback submarine during the Vietnam War, and Harold “Huck’’ Huckstein of Cranberry Twp., a World War II Naval veteran who participated in the invasion of Europe and D-Day. 

A breakfast reception will follow the ceremony.

When: 8 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12.

Where: The campus lawn known as "The Cut," off Frew Street, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213.