Four Loyal and Committed Sons of SC State University Inductees into the 32nd annual Army ROTC Hall

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

With more than 2035 minority officers and 14 general officers in the U.S. Army, SC State University’s Army ROTC Program continues to build upon its legacy of commitment to service and answering the call of duty. SC State University’s Department of Military Science’s Army ROTC Program will host the 32nd annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, April 15, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Fine Arts Recital Hall on the campus of SC State University.

With enthusiasm and a passion for the SC State’s Army ROTC Program, lieutenant colonel Derrick Corbett, professor of military science, is elated about the Ceremony. “The inaugural ROTC Army Hall of Fame Induction occurred in 1978, and since then, 94 individuals have been inducted.  The 32nd annual Army ROTC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be an event that recognizes the service and sacrifice of the sons and daughters of our beloved University,” says Corbett.   “This year’s inductees are (Retired) brigadier general Julius Lawton, (Retired) brigadier general Frederick Johnson, colonel Kenneth Hubbard and colonel Richard Dix.  Their service is worthy of recognition as they have honorably served our nation, their communities and their families. Our Army ROTC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will acknowledge and permanently place them among so many other distinguished SC State University alumni that have selflessly served and sacrificed without regard to fanfare, awards or accolades,” says Corbett.

The following is additional information for this year’s four inductees:

(Retired) brigadier general Julius J. Lawson, ‘69, a native of Allendale, S.C., was commissioned a second lieutenant through SC State’s Army ROTC Program. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in music. He later received a master’s degree in public administration. Later, Lawson graduated from the US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Penn. Lawton received numerous command and staff assignments throughout his career to travel throughout the United States (US) and Vietnam.

Among his awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Communication Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Air Force Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.

He is currently employed as the director and general manager of McAfee 3 Architects, Inc. in Dallas, Tex.

(Retired) brigadier general Frederick J. Johnson, ‘76, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in SC State’s Army ROTC Program. He received a bachelor’s degree in music. He later earned a masters degree and graduated from the US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Penn.  Johnson entered into active duty January 1977 at Fort Knox, Ken.  and was assigned to the Armor Office Basic Course. He also served in various active duty assignments from 1977 to 1988. In 1990, Johnson entered the Alabama Army National Guard where he served in numerous staff level positions in operations, training and intelligence and altered as the assistant chief of staff at the headquarters, 62nd Troop Support Command. He has served with distinction as the commander of the 3rd battalion 200 leadership regiment, 167th material management command and the 621st troop support command.  Upon his promotion as brigadier general, he was assigned as the assistant adjunctant general at the Army Joint Forces headquarters in Washington, DC.

Johnson received numerous awards to include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Award, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Airborne Badge, Special Service Medal of Alabama, Alabama Distinguished Service Medal, Faithful Service Medal of Alabama and the Mississippi Emergency Service Medal.

Johnson is currently employed as the customer accounting manager at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio.

Colonel Kenneth D. Hubbard, ‘86, is the son of a career Army officer and a graduate of the SC State Army ROTC Program. Hubbard was exposed early on to the military’s ethos and culture. Faithful, talented and uniformly outstanding his service has been a hall-mark of Hubbard’s tenure as an army officer.  Hubbard earned a master’s degree in business administration at Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.  and a master’s degree in national resource strategy at the National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair,
Washington, DC. All of his assignments have been rich and rewarding experiences.  He served in career- enhancing NATO assignments as joint plans officer in Croatia/ Bosnia.

He was at the Pentagon at the time of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 and was among the hundreds who rendered assistance to the buildings occupants during a time of chaos and confusion.

In addition to timely promotions to the next higher level, Hubbard has received numerous awards and decorations in recognition of his service. The full gamut of these emblematic recognitions are the following; Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Iraq Campaign Medal with the Campaign Star, Global War of Terrorism Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Path Finder Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge and the Joint Service Identification Badge. 

Hubbard is currently the assistant chief of staff for resource management for the US Army Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Belvoir, Va.

Colonel Richard B. Dix, ‘87, is a native of Atlanta, Ga. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from SC State University.  He has served continuously on active duty since receiving his commission as a second lieutenant through the SC State Army ROTC Program. While attending SC State University, he was designated as a Distinguished Military Student in 1987. Dix assumed the army sustainment command chief of staff position after successfully commanding the 401st Army Field Support Brigade in Bagram, Afghanistan.

Dix attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where he also received a Master of Arts degree in procurement and acquisition management from Webster University. He is a 2009 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces from Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. 

Dix served in numerous assignments throughout his career that led to extensive travel throughout the US, Germany, Afghanistan and support to Operation Desert Shield/ Storm. Dix’s military awards include: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorius Service Medal with four oak and leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with the four oak leaf clusters, NATO Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service/Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, South West Asia Service Medal, Kwait Liberation Medal and Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters.

Dix is married and has two children.

These inductees are nominated by their peers and voted upon by the Hall of Fame electoral board.  SC State University’s Bulldog Battalion averages approximately 100 cadets, and it continues to be recognized as one of the largest producers of minority officers for the United States Army.

The criterion for the Army ROTC Hall of Fame is that an inductee must be a graduate of the Army ROTC Battalion, to include Claflin University and Voorhees College.  The Inductees must also attain the rank of colonel or higher; they must also have attained the rank of 2nd lieutenant or higher and awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor or a higher award in the nation's defense though acts of the gallantry as determined by the Department of Defense (DoD). Inductees can also be individuals who did not pursue the military as a career, but made significant contributions to society or achieved national prominence. They can also be an individual who has provided extraordinary service and/or support to the ROTC Army Program, who has not been commissioned through the ROTC Army Program.

“I am honored to be part of the ceremony and am proud to now mentor the cadets entrusted to my care and leadership. I consistently pass on to my cadets what was instilled in me while a cadet here at SC State University. They stand on the shoulders of many that paved the way for them by perpetuating a Legacy of Leadership,” says Corbett.  “We will honor those that have set an example that we all should be proud of and strive to emulate.  This is a University event and as such I am hopeful that SC State University will come out and show support for those that have represented the University in the most honorable manner,” said Corbett.

For additional information about the 32nd annual Army ROTC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, contact the Department of Military Science at (803)536-7233 or Derrick Corbett at (803) 536-8878.