SC State Alumnus to Speak During Annual ROTC Fall Awards Ceremony

Thursday, November 18, 2010

LTC John McLeodThis year, SC State’s ROTC Program will host its annual ROTC Fall Awards Ceremony. This event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 at 4 p.m. in the Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall, located on the campus of SC State University. During the ROTC Fall Awards Ceremony, students will be recognized for their achievements and accomplishments during their first semester.

“We are motivating our cadets to strive for excellence in all they set out to do.  We will recognize those cadets that were awarded ROTC scholarships. In addition, we will recognize our ranger challenge team that performed extremely well during the ranger challenge competition.  There will be various other individual achievements that will be recognized too,” said Lieutenant Colonel Derrick Corbett, professor of military science.

This year’s speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel John McLeod, Jr., an alumnus of SC State University. In 1984, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from SC State University. In that same year, he received Army Commission as a second lieutenant from the Aviation Branch.  His military education includes the Infantry Officers’ Basic Course (IOBC) in Fort Benning, Ga. and United States Army Flight School in Fort Rucker, Ala. He completed the aviation officers advanced course and the UH-60 qualification course. McLeod also attended the Combined Arms Services Staff School and Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  He currently serves as the support operations officer for the 82nd Sustainment Brigade in Fort Bragg, N.C. This 4,400 soldier brigade provides logistics and sustainment support to 30,000 paratroopers and soldiers. It is comprised of 12 brigade combat teams and functional separate brigades in the 82nd Airborne Division and the XVIII Airborne Corps.

McLeod has served in four operational deployments: Operation Provide Comfort, Diyarbakir, Turkey; Operation Joint Forge, Comanche Base, Bosnia; Operation Enduring Freedom, Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan; and twice in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Joint Base Balad and Camp Victory, Iraq.  Other overseas assignments include Camps Casey and Stanley in Korea, and Stuttgart and Frankfurt in Germany.

Many of his previous assignments have included aviation supply platoon leader; aviation battalion S4; aviation brigade S4 and assistant brigade S4, VIP UH-60 platoon leader (Pilot for the Secretaries of Defense and the Army, the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and the chief of staff of the Army); eagle flight detachment commander; representative for the Department of Army Aviation located in the New England Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Headquarters in Burlington, Mass; assistant aviation brigade S3; aviation brigade plans officer and joint contact team program manager. He also worked as a combined-joint task force 180 - CJ4 battle major; XVIII airborne corps G4 plans officer and aviation material readiness officer, as well as multi-national corps-Iraq chief.

In addition to all of his prominent work duties, McLeod received several awards, medals and badges for his exemplary service in the Army.  McLeod’s awards include: the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation (2 OLC), Joint Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism-Expeditionary, Global War on Terrorism-Service Medal, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Medal with Bronze Star, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization Device and Numeral Ten, National Defense Service Medal with Star, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral Five, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Air-Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge and Senior Army Aviator Badge.

While attending SC State University, McLeod was awarded the Cadet of the Month four times, Cadet of the Year, and he received the captain Kenneth Bruce Jenkins Award. He also received the Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) scholarship award. During his tenure at SC State University, he also received the recondo badge, black ranger tab, red ranger tab and was named a Distinguished Military Student.

“It is an absolute honor for Lieutenant Colonel McLeod to come back to his Alma Mater and bring a message of empowerment, encouragement and achievement. When former cadets come to speak to our cadets, it instills in them a sense of hope and promise, and that they can accomplish anything that they put their minds to. This will be a homecoming celebration for Lieutenant Colonel McLeod,” said Lieutenant Colonel Theopia Deas, assistant professor of military science.

“Lieutenant Colonel McLeod is a product of the institution and our ROTC program.  I am honored to have him come back to address our cadets.  This is what is instilled in all of the Bulldogs that are commissioned through the Bulldog Battalion; when you leave, come back and give back,” says Corbett. “He knows what it takes to be a cadet in the Bulldog Battalion. He is a part of the rich legacy and knows the tradition of excellence that runs deep in the Bulldog Battalion.  It will truly be an honor to have Lieutenant Colonel McLeod back,” said Corbett.

For additional information about the ROTC Fall Awards Ceremony, contact Lieutenant Colonel Theopia Deas at (803) 536-8526, or Lieutenant Colonel Derrick Corbett at (803) 536-8878.