On September 29th, the Indiana (the newest Virginia-Class submarine) was commissioned and entered the US Navy as a United States Ship. A group of six singers from University Choir were selected to perform the national anthem for this ceremony, and I was fortunate to be chosen as one of those singers.
This was an amazing opportunity which allowed us to perform at the commissioning and the gala the night before, get a tour of the submarine, and fly in to NASA’s shuttle landing facility. As an aerospace engineer, I especially enjoyed seeing the Kennedy space center from the air and seeing a shuttle orbiter on the side of the runway. At the events, we performed the Star Spangled Banner, The Navy Hymn, Back Home Again in Indiana, and a medley of other Indiana songs. The commissioning ceremony is available for viewing on ussindiana.org.
Being able to perform at an event like this shows the professionalism and capability of PMO and I thank the PMO staff and the culture they create in PMO for preparing us for this. As a senior, I can’t think of a better way to end my time here than with a performance like this. I also send thanks to the commissioning committee for inviting us and arranging all the details, and especially to Jake Stensberg, our director, and the other singers for making this an unforgettable trip.
Yours in Song,
William Marrujo, Senior
Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering