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December 30, 2010
With his signature last week, President Obama ended the military's distasteful policy of "don't ask, don't tell. " In doing away with this discriminatory practice, he also ushered the American armed forces back into the mainstream of American life. One salutary consequence is that some of the nation's most prestigious universities now are willing to host Reserve Officer Training Corps units on their campuses, ending a decades-long standoff between the country's educational elite and its military.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Ruben Vives
Kevin Woyjeck had firefighting in his blood. His father is a Los Angeles County Fire Department captain. Woyjeck followed in his footsteps, hoping to eventually work side by side with his dad, Joe Woyjeck. He was part of the elite wildland firefighting unit assigned to battle a fast-moving blaze near Yarnell, Ariz. He and 18 firefighters were killed Sunday when flames overtook them. The tragedy was especially felt in California, where five of the dead firefighters grew up. Woyjeck, 21, of Seal Beach, Grant McKee, 21 of Orange County, Sean Misner, 26, of the Santa Ynez Valley, and Hemet natives William "Billy" Warneke, 25, and Chris MacKenzie, 30, perished with members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew as the evacuated town of Yarnell was ravaged by a wildfire.
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NEWS
July 14, 1985
I wish to take exception to Lee Harris' article, "ROTC to Be Added at Lynwood Campus" (Southeast / Long Beach section, Sunday, July 7). ROTC on high school campuses is a controversial subject and to treat it so superficially demeans The Times and patronizes us all. The Lynwood trustees' rationale (to prevent 5 or 10 student transfers) is, of course, ludicrous; Principal Larry Tripplett's contention that ROTC is part of an "upgrading of the entire curriculum" is equally absurd. But my objections are directed elsewhere.
SPORTS
January 25, 2013 | T.J. Simers
The national anthem is just about to conclude Friday night before the Lakers' game. Corrie Cox is standing with her hand over her heart with four of her six children by her side, and what a glorious moment. The anticipation of those watching and knowing what is going to happen next is chilling. Corrie has no idea, but her maroon beret Airborne husband, Capt. Douglas Cox, who just returned from duty in Afghanistan, is behind her and about to throw a man-size hug around his family.
NEWS
June 1, 1995
I recently attended a Culver City school board meeting where the issue of bringing the junior Reserve Officer Training Corps to Culver City High School was on the agenda (Westside, April 20). I was shocked by the lack of information the board had on this program, including any that set out the flaws of the program. I was also appalled by their refusal to listen to audience comments. Certain board members basically railroaded this program through without any input from the community.
NEWS
April 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
Twenty years after ROTC was pressured to leave the Harvard University campus, the student council has voted to bring it back. In a 41-24 vote Sunday, the Undergraduate Council asked the university to negotiate with the military to bring back Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs. In 1969, the university withdrew academic credit for ROTC, an edict that followed a student strike that paralyzed the school.
OPINION
December 24, 1989
"Please teach us that discrimination is unacceptable. . . ." An honest and meaningful plea from Jordan Marsh, the president of the University of Wisconsin's senior class ("Wisconsin University Faculty Votes to Expel ROTC Program," Part A, Dec. 5). Marsh's plea reflects the prayers of all of us who demand the end of bigotry and of the bashing of our lesbian and gay children. The University of Wisconsin faculty added its petition to that of the students and urged that the Board of Regents expel the ROTC, thus translating into action the widespread feeling on campus that our military's "longstanding ban on gay and lesbian participation in the ROTC and other programs . . . " is unacceptable.
OPINION
November 17, 2008
Well, it looks like another piece of Los Angeles history will soon be fading away: Ft. MacArthur. "Fort Mac" will always be a part of my memory, starting with my junior ROTC experience at Hollywood High in the late 1950s. Once a year, we held military competitions on the base with junior ROTC units from other local high schools. It was always a great weekend. In mock maneuvers, we climbed over coastal artillery batteries, looked out over the Pacific to Catalina Island and imagined: What if the Japanese really did attack?
NEWS
November 11, 1997
John Dulin Jones, World War II fighter pilot and Los Angeles garment executive, has died. He was 74. Jones, who flew escort for the atomic bomb drops on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, died of pneumonia Sunday at Downey Community Hospital. After the war, Jones became vice president of operations for Independent Garment Supply in downtown Los Angeles. He was an amateur artist and woodcarver, became a 32nd degree Mason and was active in the Al Malaikah Shrine and Scottish Rite.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1991 | KENNETH J. GARCIA and GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Wavering under a barrage of sharp questions, a former Redondo Union High School student testified this week that she gave police officers false information when she said she was repeatedly raped by the school's former ROTC director, but she insisted that they had sex five times while she was a minor. Over three days of testimony, the former cadet recanted several statements she made earlier to police that ultimately led to sexual molestation charges against retired Marine Master Gunnery Sgt.
NATIONAL
January 7, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Alabama police say they have averted an attack on a high school by a student aligned with the white supremacist movement. Russell County High School student Derek Shrout, 17, appeared in court Monday after officials said they'd found bomb-making materials at his house Friday. Officials said a teacher had come across his journal at school and found plans for an attack. Six students and one teacher were named in the journal; five of the students were black. The senior class president, David Kelly, told WTVM-TV that Shrout was in the junior ROTC program and "was confident, well-rounded, but as time went by, he was doing the whole white power thing.
OPINION
June 3, 2011
Bringing back ROTC Re "Campuses welcome back a '60s outcast," June 1 I was a member of the "outcast" Naval ROTC at Stanford. At the time I was opposed to the Vietnam War, and 30 years later, I was opposed to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. But I remain strongly supportive of ROTC programs. National defense is a public good, and ROTC programs enable more students to help bear the substantial personal and national cost of it. The United States faces a danger from terrorism for the foreseeable future, and we should provide more opportunities for all members of society to participate in the defense of our country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Palo Alto -- On an early May morning 43 years ago, fire swept through Stanford University's Navy ROTC building, destroying a structure that had been damaged in another suspicious blaze just two months earlier. No arrests were ever made in the two arson fires, but they came at a time of angry, sometimes violent demonstrations against the Vietnam War on college campuses nationwide. Those protests often targeted the closest symbol of the U.S. military, the Reserve Officers Training Corps — with more than 200 campus ROTC units reporting vandalism during that war. Flash forward to a much different time.
NATIONAL
April 29, 2011 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
Angela Kelso got off work early from her graphic design job and came home on Wednesday to her little off-white rental house in Cedar Crest, a neighborhood near the University of Alabama campus. It was around 3:30 p.m. Her husband, Clayton Smith, 23, was just minutes away at his ROTC class on campus. Five days earlier, they had married. The modest three-bedroom was their first home together and it was packed with all of the spoils of their recent wedding: Tupperware, wine glasses, a fancy vacuum still in its box. Angela, 22, had been watching news of the coming storm all day. But unless you know a tornado is imminent, what can you really do?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Palo Alto -- Stanford University's Faculty Senate voted Thursday to invite the Reserve Officer Training Corps back to the campus for the first time since the Vietnam War era, a turnaround prompted by the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays serving openly in the military. Stanford's President John L. Hennessy said he would soon start discussions with the military branches to return ROTC to the university, joining other elite schools in welcoming back the officer training units that had been pushed off campus or denied academic standing during the antiwar movement of the 1970s.
OPINION
December 30, 2010
With his signature last week, President Obama ended the military's distasteful policy of "don't ask, don't tell. " In doing away with this discriminatory practice, he also ushered the American armed forces back into the mainstream of American life. One salutary consequence is that some of the nation's most prestigious universities now are willing to host Reserve Officer Training Corps units on their campuses, ending a decades-long standoff between the country's educational elite and its military.
OPINION
May 2, 2003
Re "Republican Protesters on Berkeley Campus," letters, April 29: I find it offensive that a letter writer is of the opinion that college Republicans are rich kids unwilling to make sacrifices. Personally, I do not drive a BMW or a Mercedes-Benz. In fact, I drive nothing because I'm a college student and can't afford a car. Not only am I broke, but I also am incurring debts to help pay for my education. This is true of every college Republican I know. Second, who is he to judge our willingness to go to war?
NATIONAL
January 7, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Alabama police say they have averted an attack on a high school by a student aligned with the white supremacist movement. Russell County High School student Derek Shrout, 17, appeared in court Monday after officials said they'd found bomb-making materials at his house Friday. Officials said a teacher had come across his journal at school and found plans for an attack. Six students and one teacher were named in the journal; five of the students were black. The senior class president, David Kelly, told WTVM-TV that Shrout was in the junior ROTC program and "was confident, well-rounded, but as time went by, he was doing the whole white power thing.
SPORTS
August 7, 2009 | BILL PLASCHKE
So now Prince Fielder knows. You want to enter the Dodgers' clubhouse, you must first go through Boyle Heights. You want to start a brawl at the locker of a Dodgers reliever, you must first go through an ROTC kid from Roosevelt High. You want to cut at the Dodgers' heart, you must first fight through their neighborhood soul. His name is William Gomez, and even in a season of last-second heroics, no Dodgers stopper has had a bigger save. "Doing my job," he says, shrugging. "Protecting my team."
OPINION
November 17, 2008
Well, it looks like another piece of Los Angeles history will soon be fading away: Ft. MacArthur. "Fort Mac" will always be a part of my memory, starting with my junior ROTC experience at Hollywood High in the late 1950s. Once a year, we held military competitions on the base with junior ROTC units from other local high schools. It was always a great weekend. In mock maneuvers, we climbed over coastal artillery batteries, looked out over the Pacific to Catalina Island and imagined: What if the Japanese really did attack?
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