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8/13 DNews on Navy ROTC building

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Posted: 08/15/2011 8:27 AM

8/13 DNews on Navy ROTC building 


UI Navy ROTC building to be demolished; officers bid farewell with ceremony

Staff, students working in Hays Hall since June 18 fire

by holly bowen daily news staff writer

posted on: saturday, august 13, 2011

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Navy Capt. Greg Eaton, center, shakes hands with University of Idaho Provost Doug Baker after the retirement ceremony for the University of Idaho Navy ROTC building, Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, in Moscow.  Eaton is the Navy/Marine Corps ROTC detachment commanding officer. The building was damaged in a fire June 19, and will be torn down, starting Monday.

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Staff Sgt. Jacob Johnson, left, and Officer Candidate Danu Hankins fold the American flag during the retirement ceremony for the University of Idaho Navy ROTC building on Friday.

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