Thursday, December 12, 2013
Since its establishment in 1947, the SC State University Bulldog Battalion has equipped students with the skills needed to lead on and off the battlefield. In fact, those who train with the Bulldog Battalion are among the nation’s most regarded military officers who have blazed trails for others to follow.
The students, who will receive their commissions as officers, have made a commitment to serve our nation with integrity, courage and perseverance. The honorees are:
- 2nd Lt. Thomas L. Duren, a biology major from Camden, S.C. and a 2012 distinguished military student, will join the National Guard.
- 2nd Lt. Sherniqua F. Moten, a criminal justice major from Sumter, S.C. and a 2012 distinguished military student, will join the U.S. Army and serve in active duty.
- 2nd Lt. Nadia A. Jones, a psychology major from Queens, NY, will join the U.S. Army and serve in active duty.
- 2nd Lt. Donelle H. White, a criminal justice major from Ridgeland, S.C. will join the army reserves.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Anthony Watson, recruiting officer of military science for the Bulldog Battalion, says the students have earned their stars and are more than prepared to serve our nation.
“These four students, who will be commissioned on Friday, are committed and dedicated students who do not stray from challenging tasks. I am extremely proud of them, and I am sure that they will represent the Armed Forces with the persistent spirit of the Bulldog Battalion,” said Watson.
Bulldog Battalion alumnus and distinguished military graduate, Colonel (Promotable) Richard B. Dix, will address the commissionees and their families and friends.
Col. Dix assumed the duties of the director of strategy and integration G-45/7 for the deputy chief of staff of the Army, G-4 in August 2013. Prior to this assignment, he served as the executive officer to deputy chief of staff, G-4 from July 2012 to August 2013. From July 2010 to July 2012, Col. Dix served as the chief of staff for the Army Sustainment Command. From July 2009 to July 2010, he successfully commanded the 401st Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB) in Bagram, Afghanistan.
Col. Dix previously served in Germany, where he was assigned to the 21st Theater Support command (TSC). He served as the deputy chief of plans and exercises G-3, 21st TSC, Group S-3, 29th Support Group (SG), support operations officer 200th Materiel Management Center, brigade executive officer 29th SG, and he culminated as the 29th SG rear group commander during the group’s successful deployment as the Joint Logistics Command (JLC) for Combined Joint Task Force-76 (CJTF-76), Afghanistan Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF VI).
With more than 20 years in the Armed Forces, Col. Dix has served the nation as a leader amongst the brigade. After graduation from Armor Officer Basic Course, Col. Dix was a tank platoon leader, A Co, 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor, 24th Infantry Division. He also served as the executive officer for A Co, HQ Command, and 224 Forward Support Battalion during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. The brigade deployed to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Col. Dix served as the Bde S-4 Fwd during Operation Desert Defiance. Upon redeployment, he served as the chief of supply and services 32nd ADCOM G-4.
The Atlanta, Ga. native attended Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., where he also received a Master of Arts in procurement and acquisition management from Webster University. Col. Dix is a 2009 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, located at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. In 1987, Col. Dix graduated from SC State University’s Army ROTC Program with a Bachelor of Science in marketing.
Col. Dix’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the NATO Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service/Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, South West Asia Service Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
He is married and has two children.