Friday, September 11, 2009
Colonel Stephen M. Twitty, a 1985 graduate of South Carolina State University, has been nominated by President Barack Obama for promotion to Brigadier General in the United States Army. Colonel Twitty will become the 14th General Officer to graduate from South Carolina State University, and the 12th general officer to graduate from the University’s distinguished Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program.
Colonel Twitty is a native of Chesnee, S.C. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, DC.
Colonel Twitty’s army career spans over 24 years. Colonel Twitty has served in a variety of assignments throughout the United States and overseas. Those assignments include duty at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Stewart, Georgia; the Pentagon in Washington, DC; Heidelberg, Germany; Schweinfurt, Germany; Mons, Belgium; Fort Bliss, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Colonel Twitty is currently serving at Fort McPherson, Georgia as the chief of staff of United States Central Command.
Colonel Twitty has served in four combat tours; during the first Gulf War in Operation Desert Storm, and most recently three tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was awarded the Silver Star Medal, our nation’s third highest award for valor. Colonel Twitty received this award for his actions as an Infantry Battalion commander during the fall of Baghdad in 2003. He has also been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.
Colonel Twitty was inducted into the Army ROTC Hall of Fame in 2009, and was selected as one of South Carolina State University’s Distinguished Alumni in 2004. Colonel Twitty is married to the former Karen M. Wilson. They have two daughters, Ashley and Brooke.