SC State University Recognizes Annual Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

In recognition of the contributions of the men and women of the Armed Forces, SC State University will hold its first annual Veterans Recognition Day on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 at 10 a.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium (MLK) located on the SC State campus.

Colonel Antonio S. Coleman, ‘84, will serve as keynote speaker of the event. Col. Coleman is chief of the Investigations Division, Office of the Army Inspector General at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. In 1984, Col. Coleman was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Armor Corps.  Col. Coleman's first tour of duty included assignments as platoon leader, scout platoon leader and company executive officer in the 4th Battalion, 40th Armor, 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colo.  After a transfer to the Quartermaster Corps, he served as a supply platoon leader in the 204th Support Battalion.  He then served a tour in Korea as the subsistence officer for the 19th Support Command.  Col. Coleman's next tour was Fort 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, Headquarters, 46th Support Group, 1st Corps Support Command. 

Col. Coleman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from SC State University, a Master of Arts degree in computer resources and information management from Webster University in Columbia, S.C., and a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.  His military schooling includes the armor officer basic course (1984), airborne school (1984), quartermaster officer advance course (1988), aerial delivery management course (1989), combined arms services staff school (1990) and Command and General Staff College (1997).

Col. Coleman's military decorations and awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5th Oak Leaf Cluster-OLC), Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd OLC), Joint Achievement Medal (1st OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2nd OLC), National Defense Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (3 Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Department of Defense Staff Badge and Army Staff Badge. His special skill badges include Parachutist Badge and the Parachute Rigger Badge.

Col. Coleman is married to the former Marlene Hemmingway of Marion, S.C.  They have two daughters, Ashley who is enrolled in the graduate program at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C. and Lauren, a freshman at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.

A tour of SC State’s Soldiers’ Hall of Fame will take place immediately following the Veterans Day Recognition Program.  Additionally, SC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium will present the film “For Love of Liberty: the Story of America’s Black Patriots.”  The first segment of the film will be shown on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the second segment will be shown on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A PBS miniseries introduced by retired General Colin Powell, hosted on-camera by Halle Berry and narrated by Avery Brooks, “For Love of Liberty: the Story of America’s Black Patriots,” uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text and military records to document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American service men and women since the earliest days of the republic. The story spans the Revolution to today and examines why, despite enormous injustice, these heroic men and women fought so valiantly for freedoms they themselves did not enjoy. The project's goal is to raise public consciousness and to shed light on an extraordinary and relatively unexplored aspect of our nation's history. Special readings are coordinated by Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Susan Sarandon and other celebrities. 

For more information on SC State’s Annual Veterans Recognition Day, contact Ann Belton, committee co-chair, at (803) 516-4656, or send your e-mail to