Associate Professor of Naval Science
Of the many options available to me to pick for his shore duty, LT Myung specifically chose to come to the NROTC UMBC billet. LT Myung wanted to guide MIDN and develop them into better officers than he was when first entering the Fleet. LT Myung knew he wanted to serve, but didn’t quite know how. A small conversation with a Boatswain’s Mate during his first summer cruise revealed to him his purpose for commissioning. Aside from the cliche, yet legitimate, reasons such as serving this nation and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic, LT Myung wanted to learn how to effectively balance and operate a team. This not only includes “getting the job done,” but also entails genuinely caring about each sailor and bringing the best out of every player. LT Myung teaches junior officers to look at the “bigger picture” and get in the habit of consistently doing so. Overcomplication, overanalyzing, and overlooking details are natural human tendencies. Though they are not necessarily vices, they can lead to problems like anything in excess. No amount of time leading up to today will meet the demands for tomorrow’s task. Seeing the “bigger picture” will help prioritize what needs to be accomplished now.
Marine Officer Instructor
Capt O’Hara applied to be an NROTC instructor in order to train Midshipmen and make an impact on future Marine Officers. Capt O’Hara grew up in a military family and started college in 2009, at the height of the war in Afghanistan, which led him to have a strong desire to serve this country in the Marine Corps. Capt O’Hara became a Logistics Officer because he enjoyed having a hands-on approach to how the military works. Capt O’Hara teaches future junior officers that the standard is the standard, as a junior officer, you have to lead from the front and always raise the standard.