SC State Sustains Top ROTC Ranking as it prepares to witness the promotion of its next General

Thursday, August 30, 2012


South Carolina State University ROTC program has sustained its rank of #10 among the 273 ROTC programs across the nation according to Washington Monthly Magazine. Established in 1947 and known for its prestige and notoriety, the Bulldog Battalion at SC State University proudly boasts the fact that it’s one of the highest producers of minority officers for the U.S. Army, which currently includes 15 general officers.  This recognition has attracted many high ranking officials to SC State, including Gen. Colin L. Powell USA (Ret), who gave the University’s keynote commencement address in May 2011 and became the first honorary member of SC State’s ROTC Hall of Fame.


COL(P) Bruce T. CrawfordOn Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, the program will celebrate yet another feat with the promotion of its 16th general officer when Col. Bruce Crawford, ’86, is promoted to Brigadier General.


A native of Columbia, S.C. and alumnus of SC State University, Crawford received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from his Alma Mater and was a member of ROTC.  He later obtained a MSA degree in administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., and an M.S. degree in national resource strategy from Industrial College of the Armed Forces. 


He is currently commander of the 5th Signal Command of the United States Army Europe and Seventh Army.


His recent assignments include commanding the 516th Signal Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Chief, LandWarNet Integration Division, Chief Information Office, G6, Pentagon, Washington, DC and Director, Chief of Staff Army, Coordination Group, Office of the Chief of Staff, Army, Washington, D.C.


Crawford has attended the Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.


The promotion ceremony will broadcast live from Germany to SC State University via a live internet stream on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. in room 2010 of the John W. Matthews, Jr. 1890 Extension Center.  The University family and community members are strongly encouraged to attend this event. For more information contact, LTC Derrick Corbett, professor of Military Science at (803) 536-8878.