Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The SC State “Bulldog Battalion” will host the 30th Annual ROTC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 11 a.m. in the K.W. Green Student Center.
SC State Alumni, Colonel Antonio S. Coleman, ’84, Colonel Stephen M. Twitty, ’84 and Second Lieutenant Clifford V. Gadsden, ’03 (posthumously), are this year’s inductees.
The SC State ROTC Hall of Fame honors those commissioned through the ROTC program and who pursued military service as a career.
Candidates are selected for induction based on the following criteria:
• Attained the rank of Colonel or higher;
• Attained the rank of Second Lieutenant or above and awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor or a higher award in the nation’s defense acts of gallantry as determined by Department of Defense (DoD) documentation;
• Achieved national prominence and/or made significant contributions to society after leaving the military and becoming successful in the civilian sector.
The ROTC Hall of Fame induction ceremony is an annual event that recognizes the achievements of three distinguished SC State graduates,” said Lieutenant Colonel Heyward Stackhouse, professor of Military Sciences. “We are honored to induct these individuals into the ROTC Hall of Fame as they have made significant contribution to the service of our Nation,” he continued.
Colonel Antonio S. Coleman, ‘84
Colonel Antonio S. Coleman was born in Summerville, S.C. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Armor Corps through the Army ROTC Program at SC State in l984.
Colonel Coleman currently serves as the Chief of the Contingency Division, G-43, Operations & Readiness, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Army G-4. His previous assignment was Chief of Logistics Operations in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Army G-4.
His duty assignments included: Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 4th Battalion, 40th Armor, 4th Infantry Division in Ft Carson, Co. After receiving a branch transfer to the Quartermaster Corps, he served as a Supply Platoon Leader in the 204th Support Battalion. Following his initial assignment he served in Korea as the Subsistence Officer for the 19th Support Command. Colonel Coleman’s next assignment was Ft Bragg, N.C., where he served as Logistics Plans Officer, 530th Supply and Service Battalion; Commander, 259th Field Service Company (Desert Shield/Storm) and S-4, HQ, 46th Support Group, 1st Corps Support Command.
Colonel Coleman earned a bachelor of science degree in Psychology from SC State, a master of arts degree in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University, and a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the International College of the Armed Forces. His military schooling includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, Quartermaster Officers Advance Course, Aerial Delivery Management Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, and the Command and General Staff College.
Colonel Coleman is married to the former Marlene Hemmingway. They have two daughters, Ashley and Lauren.
Colonel Stephen M. Twitty, ‘84
Colonel Stephen M. Twitty was born in Spartanburg, S.C. He is a l984 Distinguished Military graduate from SC State University and holds a masters degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI. and a masters degree in National Security from the National War College.
Colonel Twitty currently serves as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Commanding General, US Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, CO. His duty assignments included: Rifle Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader and Battalion S-3 Air, S3 Air for the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment during OPERATION DESERT STORM, Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, and Company Commander for B Company, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA, a Joint Chiefs Intern in the Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5) in the Pentagon, and the Speechwriter to the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans (DCSOPS).
Colonel Twitty has been featured in numerous books and professional journals to include “The Thunder Run”, “Cobra II”, Fiasco”, “In the Eye of The Storm”, “The Iraq War”, and the “Mission”. He also appeared on many television shows to include The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, Fox News-Fox and Friends, The Tavis Smiley Show, CNN-Situation Room, and NBC’s Meet the Press, Dateline News and the Today Show.
He is married to the former Karen M. Wilson. They have two daughters, Ashley and Brooke.
First Lieutenant Clifford V. Gadsden, ’03 (posthumously)
First Lieutenant Clifford V. Gadsden was born in Charleston, S.C. He was a 1998 graduate of Choctawhatchee High School and a four-year football letterman. After high school, Lieutenant Gadsden remained dedicated to pursing his education and decided to attend SC State University. Lieutenant Gadsden was diligent in his studies and challenged his mind to excel as he obtained a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering in May 2003.
In August of 2003, Lieutenant Gadsden was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Transportation Corps through the Army ROTC Program at SC State. He attended the Transportation Officer Basic Course at Fort Eustis, VA. Upon completion of the basic, Lieutenant Gadsden was assigned as the Platoon Leader of the 2ndPplatroon aka “The Doers” in the 603rd Transportation Company at Fort Polk, LA. He also served as the 603rd Transportation Company Unit Status Report Officer.
On April 29, 2005, Lieutenant Gadsden, 25, gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting his country, family and friends while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Taji, Iraq. While bravely serving his Country and leading his soldiers, he was the victim of a roadside bombing.
He received the following awards while serving on active duty: Bronze Star (posthumously), Purple Heart (posthumously), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.
Receiving the award of behalf of Lieutenant Gadsden will be his wife Erica Gadsden, accompanied by their two children, Kinshaza and Karistopher.
For more information contact, Lieutenant Colonel Heyward Stackhouse, Professor of Military Sciences at (803) 536-8878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.