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(NECN: Brian Burnell, New Haven, Conn.) - In Hewitt Quadrangle at Yale University, where the Ivy League institution pays tribute to Yale men killed during World War I, a ribbon cutting reopens a door that had been closed for a very long time.
"I want to offer especially a greeting to the 12 Naval Midshipmen and the 38 Air Force Cadets who comprise the first class in this revived tradition of ROTC at Yale," says Yale University President Richard Levin.
When "don't ask, don't tell", the policy that discriminated against gays in the military, was scrapped the last obstacle to ROTC on this campus was removed.
"Naval ROTC roots are deep at Yale. This was one of the original six ROTC units established back in 1926," says Ass. Secretary of the Navy Juan Garcia.
ROTC was told leave so many campuses across the nation in the post-Vietnam era. Air Force ROTC also returns to Yale after an even longer absence.
"As an American Airman I am thrilled about a United States Air Force presence returning to this prestigious campus after a 55 year hiatus," says U.S. Air Force Lt. General David Fadok.
There is a phrase etched into some of the walls and over some of the gates on campus.
"For God, for country, for Yale. Where does a day like this fit into that? Well, its a proud day for Yale and it really does help to signal our commitment to the nation," says Levin.