Thursday, May 03, 2012
SC State University serves as the pinnacle of producing minority Army ROTC cadets in the nation. To date, the University has produced more than 2000 officers, to include 15 general officers that have served in every branch of the Armed Forces. On Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Fine Arts Recital Hall located on the campus of SC State University, nine cadets will join the ranks of many who have matriculated through the Bulldog Battalion and received commissions as second lieutenants in the United States (US) Army. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to be a part of the historic legacy of the Army ROTC Program.
Cadets that are commissioned through the SC State University Army ROTC program have successfully completed both University requirements to graduate and all of the requirements established by the US Army cadet command to be commissioned as a second lieutenant.
Lt. Col. Kenneth K. Williams (Battalion Commander, 10th Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, Virginia), will serve as the speaker for the 2012 Spring Commissioning Ceremony. He is a graduate of Savannah State University where he received an Army ROTC commission as a second lieutenant in the Transportation Corps.
Lt. Col. Williams has served in a myriad of positions and assignments commensurate with his rank. His civilian education includes a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration from Savannah State University, Masters in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
There are nine dynamic cadets that are poised to join the ranks of all the officers commissioned through SC State University’s ROTC Program (affectionately referred to as “The Long Green Line”). They are the following:
- Phillip Burke, senior, marketing major has been assigned to the United States Army Reserve, Quartermaster Corps;
- Jonathan Chatman, senior, electrical engineering major has been assigned to the United States Army Reserve, Transportation Corps;
- Abraham Hutchinson, senior, political science/ pre-law major has been assigned to the United States Army Reserve, Transportation Corps;
- Thaddeus Jerome Coe, senior, criminal justice major has been assigned to the National Guard, Military Police Corps;
- Jalessa Hampton, senior, human performance and recreation major has been assigned to active duty, Ordnance Corps;
- Tiffany McMillian, senior, social work major has been assigned to active duty, Ordnance Corps;
- Phillip Duane Robinson, Jr., senior, computer science major has been assigned to the US Army Reserve, Signal Corps;
- Clifton Darrell Parker, II, senior, marketing major has been assigned to active duty, Air Defense Artillery; and
- Mia Williams, senior, nursing major has been assigned active duty, Nursing Corps.
For additional information about the 2012 Commissioning Ceremony, contact Lt. Col. Derrick Corbett at (803)536-8878.