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The Uniform

Before school started back up at Tufts, I spent some time scouting around for an interesting incoming freshman to profile before he arrived on campus. After a little bit of digging and an assist from my colleague Justin Ide over at Harvard, I was knocking on the door of the Boston Navy ROTC consortium.

09/21/2011- Medford/Somerville, R.I. - Vadim Reytbalt, E15, walks through campus in his khaki Navy uniform on Sep. 21, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

There, I was introduced to Vadim Reytblat, the only representative from Tufts University in the five-school Navy ROTC consortium. Here’s the multimedia piece that I worked on in preparation for his arrival on campus.

You can check out the full presentation over at TuftsNow to read my companion written piece, too.

Synchronized Bad-assery

There’s an old saying about the United States Marine Corps: “No better friend — No worse enemy.”

With Marine Week concluding in Boston Sunday, anyone at the Charlestown Navy Yard got to see Marine discipline in its full glory as the Corps’ Silent Drill Platoon put on a demonstration for a huge crowd in front of the old barracks.

Think synchronized swimming. On land. With guns.

The photos don’t really do the service justice — you really have to see it in person to get the experience — but here’s a quick look at the event, anyway.

5.9.2010 — BOSTON — Lance Cpl. John Nelson, of Amesbury, performs during the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon's demonstration at the closing ceremony for Marine Week at the Charlestown Navy Yard on May 9, 2010.

5.9.2010 — BOSTON — A Marine Corporal performs a weapon inspection with the Silent Drill Platoon at the closing ceremony for Marine Week at the Charlestown Navy Yard on May 9, 2010.

5.9.2010 — BOSTON — Members of the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon perform a demonstration at the closing ceremony for Marine Week at the Charlestown Navy Yard on May 9, 2010.

I also got to spend a little bit of time with an amazing group of ladies, the Gold Star Mothers, as they were honored by the Marine Corps for their incredible sacrifice of their sons. It was Mother’s Day, after all.

5.9.2010 — BOSTON — Florence Johnson, a Gold Star Mother and a mother and grandmother to two Marines and a veteran of World War II herself, gives a hug to Lance Cpl. Timothy Potter at the closing ceremony for Marine Week at Charlestown Navy Yard on May, 9, 2010.