My favorite time of the year! Awarding the Crosby Army ROTC Scholarship to a very deserving young cadet at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach.
Unfortunately, COVID has cancelled this year’s award ceremony so there will be no official presentation. That doesn’t mean there is no Scholarship awarded, just no public presentation. Sad, as this is a very important event to me.
This year’s awardee is C/SGT Michael P. Flynn. CDT Flynn is an MS2 at Embry-Riddle majoring in Space Physics with a cumulative GPA of 3.55 from Keansburg, NJ. He is also taking minors in Applied Mathematics and Cybersecurity Application and Management.
Within ROTC, he is a team leader and member of the Eagle Battalion Color Guard. In addition to classes and ROTC, he is also involved in extracurricular activities. He is a member of ERAU’s Honors Program and has been on the Dean’s List for the past year. Flynn is currently involved in a Space Physics research project titled “Modeling mountain gravity waves in the Martian upper atmosphere”.
This year he was the team captain of an intramural softball team, although the season was interrupted by the school closing. He is currently a grader of Physics 2 and had graded Physics 1 last semester. Flynn will be studying introductory Russian for Project GO this summer at the University of Pittsburgh.
CDT Flynn graduated from the Marine Academy of Science and Technology in Highlands, NJ in 2018. While there, he completed an internship with the American Littoral Society and a research project on “Population density and site fidelity of black sea bass compared to sea surface temperature”. He was also a member of the school’s NJROTC program, where his desire to serve in the Army really began.
Additionally, his family served as inspiration for serving. Both of his grandfathers served (one in the Army and one in the Navy), as well as his great-grandfather who served in the Army during WWI.
Upon graduation from ERAU, Michael plans to commission as a NJ Army National Guard Cyber Operations Officer, with a focus on deterring Russian cyberattacks. In addition to this, he plans on continuing his education by attending graduate school and studying Electrical Engineering.