SC State Alumnus and Lt. Colonel to Encourage Cadets during 2011 Army ROTC Spring Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

SC State’s Army ROTC Program will host its 2011 Army ROTC Spring Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011 at 4 p.m. in the Henderson-Davis Theatre located on the campus of SC State University. The 2011 Army ROTC Spring Awards Ceremony will recognize the cadets in the Bulldog Battalion who have surpassed the necessary standards and deserve recognition for their efforts and accomplishments during the fall 2010 semester.

Many of SC State’s Army ROTC cadets will be recognized during the ceremony. The following fraternal awards will be distributed:  Retired Officers’ Association, Reserve Officers’ Association, Sons of the American Revolution, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) Spirit, Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, George C. Marshall, Superior Cadet Decoration, Society for the War of 1812, American Legion General Military and Scholastic Excellence, Association of the United States Army, Daughters of the Founders and Patriots of America, Daughters of the American Revolution, American Veterans of World War II, Military Order of the World Wars, National Sojourners and Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

Also, several physical training awards will be dispersed among some of the best and brightest cadets at SC State University. Cadets will be acknowledged for their amazing academic achievement while serving in the Bulldog Battalion.  Scholarly cadets will receive ROTC Recruiting and ROTC Battalion Commander’s Awards.  Cadets with a 3.50 grade point average (gpa) are on the Dean’s List. Cadets possessing a 3.49-3.20 gpa will receive Cadet Honors ribbons, and those obtaining a 2.9-3.19 gpa will be awarded the Cadet Scholar ribbon. Cadets with a gpa of 4.0 in ROTC subjects will receive the ROTC Honors ribbon. The Sergeant York Award will be given to one MS I, II, III and IV cadets for their significant amount of work to support the Army ROTC program.

This year’s speaker for the 2011 Army ROTC Spring Awards Ceremony is SC State alumnus, Lt. Col. Alexander Conyers, ‘90. Conyers is a native of Manning, S.C. He enlisted in the Army in 1983 and served two years on active duty and four years as a unit supply specialist in the South Carolina National Guard. In 1990, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Military Police Corps and was a distinguished military graduate student from SC State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.  Conyers currently serves as the branch chief for Military Police at the Army’s Human Resource Command at Fort Knox, Ky. As branch chief, he is responsible for the world-wide assignment and professional development of over 4,000 military police officers throughout the Army.

Prior to his current assignment, he served as the commander for the 525th Military Police Battalion at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was responsible for leading soldiers engaged in the humane, legal and transparent custody and care of suspected Al-Qaida and Taliban detainees.    

Conyers has served in a variety of other assignments to include: platoon leader at  Camp Casey, Korea and Fort Bragg, N.C.; battalion assistant S3, Fort Bragg, N.C.; commander, 249th MP Detachment (Confinement), Camp Humphreys, Korea;  commander,  55th MP Company, Camp Page, Korea; chief, joint assignments and military police professional development officer, Alexandria, Va.; aide-de-camp to the Commanding General, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo; executive officer, 19th MP Battalion (CID), Yongsan, Korea; chief, army corrections branch, Pentagon, Washington, DC and deputy director of the Detainee Operations, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A), Kabul, Afghanistan.

Conyers has also earned a Master of Science degree in corrections and confinement from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. and a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University, Troy, Ala.  He is recognized as a certified corrections executive by the American Corrections Association.  Additionally, Conyers is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Va.  He is also a graduate of the Military Police Officer basic and advanced Courses, nuclear, biological and chemical officer course, Combined Arms Services Staff School and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Parachutist’s Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge and the Military Police Regimental Association’s Order of the Marechaussee in Bronze.