After a period of limited club activities that amounted to little more than briefings and kind of a book club on the United States Coast Guard, Semper Paratus has been revived and brought back to Norwich as a specialty unit with a tough training requirement.
The new status is due to the efforts of Joseph Vallo, a junior geology major from Toms River, N.J., who now serves as the commanding officer of Semper Paratus (Latin for “Always Ready” and the official motto of the Coast Guard and the title of the official Coast Guard marching song.)
After making the decision to come to Norwich, Vallo was excited to join Semper Paratus from what he had heard about it. However, his excitement was dampened after arriving when he learned that the club had diminished years before due to a lack of interest.
“No one was really interested because it was just an information dump. It was like ‘here’s all this information. Come back if you want to’,” he said. [Read more…]