BG Roberts to Inspire and Motivate the Army’s Newest Lieutenants during Commissioning Ceremony

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

SC State University Army ROTC Program is renowned for producing officers that serve our nation honorably and with distinction. The SC State University Army ROTC Program is comprised of cadets from SC State, Voorhees College and Claflin University. To date, the Bulldog Battalion has produced more than 2000 officers, to include 16 general officers that have served in each branch of the Armed Forces. On Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 3 p.m. in the Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Fine Arts Recital Hall located on the campus of SC State University, seven cadets will join the ranks of many who have matriculated through the Bulldog Battalion and received commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to be a part of the historic legacy of the Bulldog Battalion Army ROTC Program. 

They are the following committed students: Keiwon Brown, senior, management information system major, Claflin University; Brandon McFadden, senior, business management major, Claflin University; Brittany Lemon, senior, business administration major, Voorhees College; Darrion Lemon, senior, criminal justice major, Voorhees College; Chindar Ryant, senior, criminal justice major, Voorhees College; Jonathan Singleton, senior, sociology major, Voorhees College; Nathaniel Shazier, senior, political science major, SC State University.

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 U.S. Army Cadet Command to be commissioned as a second lieutenant. 

Brig. Gen. Bryan T. Roberts, commanding general for the U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, will serve as the speaker for the 2013 spring commissioning ceremony. The Hampton, Va. native assumed command of Fort Jackson on April 20, 2012. He has served the U.S. Army for nearly 29 years in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States, Germany, Bosnia and Iraq. 

In August 1983, Brig. Gen. Roberts was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Armor Branch (US Army) as well as a distinguished military graduate of Eastern Michigan University, located in Ypsilanti, Mich. Prior to taking command of South Carolina base Fort Jackson, he served in Operation New Dawn in Iraq as the director of the Iraq Training and Advisory Team – Army and Chief of Staff, Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq.
His other assignments includes; Fort Carson, Colorado; Schweinfurt, Germany; Bosnia for Operation Joint Endeavor; Washington, DC; Fort Hood, TX; New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina Relief Operations; Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn, and Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Ky.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Commercial Marketing and Merchandising from Eastern Michigan University and master’s degrees in Administration from Central Michigan University located in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. and the National Security Strategy and Strategic Studies from the National War College.    Brig. Gen. Roberts is the 45th commanding general in Fort Jackson’s 95-year history.  He and his wife, Cassandra, have two sons and one daughter.

For additional information about the 2013 spring commissioning ceremony, contact Lt. Col. Derrick Corbett, Professor of Military Science at (803)536-8878.T.