Monday, November 01, 2010
SC State University alumnus, Lieutenant Colonel Derrick A. Corbett, has been named as the Professor of Military Science. “I am proud to give back to my Alma Mater. This is a great opportunity for me to give back to the University,” said Corbett. “I can see myself in many of these students. I am excited to be here with them to watch them grow,” he continued.
Corbett is a native of Atlanta, Ga. Corbett exemplifies courage, honor and loyalty, and instills that in his students with SC State University’s ROTC Program motto, “A Tradition of Excellence, A Legacy of Leadership! Developing tomorrow’s leaders today!
His journey began in April, 1987 when an ROTC recruiter from SC State came to speak to Corbett relative to an internship at the University. It was at that moment that he decided to attend SC State University. “Attending SC State University changed my life,” expressed Corbett.
Corbett attended SC State on a four-year ROTC scholarship in 1988; he received his bachelor’s degree in business management in 1993 and later received his commission as an officer in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps.
Corbett also holds a master’s Degree in logistics management from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla. He later obtained his second master’s degree in military art and science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.
Throughout his 17-year military career, Corbett has been stationed in many places all over the world and has held numerous positions. Recently, he completed his second tour of duty in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Many of his military honors include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.
“I am honored and excited to be back so that I can give back to the institution and ROTC Program which has instilled so much in me,” said Corbett.
The Department of Military Science was established at SC State in 1947. The first graduating class in 1949 consisted of six cadets: five received regular Army commissions and one received a Reserve commission. Since the establishment of ROTC at SC State, 2016 students have received commissions in the armed forces.
For additional information about how you can become a member of ROTC, contact Corbett at 803-536-8878.