Featured – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Wed, 30 Jun 2021 18:54:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.5 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Featured – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 The Citadel Board of Visitors welcomes new member, Bill Connor https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-board-of-visitors-welcomes-new-member-bill-connor/ Wed, 30 Jun 2021 18:53:59 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25034 Colonel William M. (Bill) Connor, V, USA (Ret), ’90Colonel William M. (Bill) Connor, V, USA (Ret), ’90Colonel William M. (Bill) Connor, V, USA (Ret.), ’90, will join The Citadel Board of Visitors as its newest member on July 1, 2021.]]> Colonel William M. (Bill) Connor, V, USA (Ret), ’90Colonel William M. (Bill) Connor, V, USA (Ret), ’90

Colonel William M. (Bill) Connor, V, USA (Ret.), ’90, will join The Citadel Board of Visitors as its newest member on July 1, 2021. Connor is a retired Army officer, an attorney and the owner/founder of Bill Connor Law Firm, LLC, headquartered in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

For over 30 years, Connor served as an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army, then South Carolina National Guard, and then Army Reserve, beginning after graduating from The Citadel in 1990. He deployed to the Central Command Area multiple times, including service as the Senior U.S. Military advisor to Afghan National Security Forces in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Connor’s decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Ranger tab and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Connor currently serves as Chairman of the South Carolina Floodwater Commission’s National Security Task Force. He has also served as Chairman of the Board for Orangeburg Christian Academy and Chairman of the Republican Party’s 6th Congressional District, among multiple club presidencies and board memberships. In addition to a B.A. in History from The Citadel, Connor graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 2018 as a Distinguished Graduate with a Master of Science in Strategic Studies. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina in 2005.

Connor lives in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. He is married to his Citadel sweetheart, Dr. Susan Connor, and is the father of three and grandfather of two; his son Will is a rising junior at The Citadel.

Connor’s term on the Board of Visitors runs from July 1, 2021-June 30, 2027.

The Citadel Board of Visitors as of July 1, 2021

(Listed in order of seniority)

  • Colonel Dylan W. Goff, ’02, Chair
  • Colonel Peter M. McCoy, Sr., ’74, Vice Chair
  • Colonel Allison Dean Love, CGC, ’93
  • Colonel L. E. “Gene” Pinson, ’72
  • Colonel Stanley L. Myers, Sr., ’98
  • Colonel John C. Dominick, USAF (Ret.), ’71
  • Colonel James E. Nicholson, Jr., ’85
  • Colonel F. G. “Greg” Delleney, Jr., ’74
  • Colonel Robert E. Lyon, Jr., ’71
  • Colonel William M. (Bill) Connor, V, USA (Ret.), ’90
  • Vacant – Governor’s Appointee

Ex-Officio Voting Members

  • The Honorable Henry D. McMaster, Governor of the State of South Carolina
  • Major General R. Van McCarty, SCNG, ’82, Adjutant General of South Carolina
  • The Honorable Molly M. Spearman, State Superintendent of Education

Emeritus Members

  • Colonel Leonard C. Fulghum Jr., ’51, Chairman Emeritus
  • Colonel William E. Jenkinson III, ’68
  • Colonel Douglas A. Snyder, ’82

Non-Voting Representatives

  • Dr. Christopher C. Swain, ’81, Chairman, The Citadel Foundation
  • Commander Drury C. “Chip” Nimmich Jr., USN (Ret.), ’76, President, The Citadel Alumni Association
  • Colonel John A. Olshefski, USA (Ret.), ’80, President, The Citadel Brigadier Foundation

The Citadel BOV has 14 voting members. Ex-officio members include the governor, the adjutant general and the state superintendent of education; the other 11 members are graduates of The Citadel. Members serve six-year terms. There is no limit to the number of terms that a board member may serve and no age limit. Board members have the honorary rank of colonel in the Unorganized Militia of South Carolina. (If members have earned a higher rank in U.S. military service, they may retain that rank.)

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Top takeaways from virtual town hall meeting on June 29 https://today.citadel.edu/top-takeaways-from-virtual-town-hall-meeting-on-june-29/ Wed, 30 Jun 2021 18:08:18 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25100 Screen shot of Citadel leadership during a virtual town hall June 29, 2021Screen shot of Citadel leadership during a virtual town hall June 29, 2021We are getting back to what we do best at The Citadel and we intend to get back to normal operations.]]> Screen shot of Citadel leadership during a virtual town hall June 29, 2021Screen shot of Citadel leadership during a virtual town hall June 29, 2021

“Operations will return to normal for the fall semester”

During a virtual town hall on June 29, The Citadel President asked all cadets to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before matriculating or returning to campus for the fall semester of the 2021-22 academic year. Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), asked cadets to report their medical status related to the vaccine on the online admissions portal, and to bring their vaccination cards with them to campus.

“We are getting back to what we do best at The Citadel and we intend to get back to normal operations when the cadre report in July and when cadet-recruits matriculate on August 14,” Walters stated. “We are not mandating the vaccine, but one of the advantages that having the majority of our campus population vaccinated gives us is greater operational flexibility to maintain regular operations. For example, if someone tests positive for the virus we will know who in their direct contact circle was vaccinated and doesn’t need to be quarantined.” Walters added that vaccinations will be available on campus, as will COVID-19 testing.

Walters noted that applications for The Class of 2025 reflect a 14.8% increase from females and a 24% increase in applications from minority candidates.

“Class of 2025 cadets and parents can expect a normal Matriculation Day, with the flow arranged and directed by the cadet cadre,” Walters said. “Also, the dedicated parents from The Citadel Family Association will be present to help freshmen move into their rooms and get settled.”

There will also be an in-person Matriculation Day meeting with parents on the morning of check-in with the time announced at a later date.

Joining Walters was The Citadel Provost and Dean of the College, Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR, who discussed that classes begin for the Corps on August 25. The new Commandant of Cadets, Col. Thomas Gordon, USMC, Citadel Class of 1991 was also present in his first formal function for the college, to help answer questions submitted by cadets and parents through The Citadel’s Facebook page. Gordon officially assumes the role on July 1.

Watch the recording of the virtual town hall below.

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Three Medal of Honor recipients to address incoming cadet recruits https://today.citadel.edu/three-medal-of-honor-recipients-to-address-incoming-cadet-recruits/ Tue, 29 Jun 2021 20:04:24 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25023 Three Medal of Honor recipients will address incoming cadet-recruits who are attending The Citadel Success Institute. ]]>

Photo: Medal of Honor recipients (left to right) Sammy Davis, Harold Fritz and Michael Thornton

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society will be hosting events in Charleston to provide Citizen Honors Service Awards for Acts of Selfless Service and to highlight the Medal of Honor. Numerous Medal of Honor Recipients will attend several events held July 13-14.

Three Medal of Honor recipients will speak at The Citadel at 9:30 a.m. on Wed., July 14. Sammy Davis, Harold Fritz and Michael Thornton will address incoming cadet-recruits who are attending The Citadel Success Institute.

The Citadel Success Institute is designed to helps to better prepare cadet recruits academically, emotionally and physically for the rigors of the Military College of South Carolina before they actually matriculate and begin the fall semester. Class of 2025 participants will earn credit in a course related to their majors, meet cadet mentors, hear from the Medal of Honor recipients, make new friends within their class and work on team-building exercises and physical fitness on a campus obstacle course.

About the Medal of Honor recipients

Sammy Davis, USA (Ret.)

The story of how Sgt. Sammy Lee Davis earned the Medal of Honor served as the inspiration for some of the war scenes in “Forrest Gump.”

On November 18, 1967, Davis’ base was under attack by the Viet Cong. During the battle, Davis (who was a private first class at the time) provided covering fire for his gun crew; he also ignored warnings to seek cover to fire a burning howitzer at the enemy, and he continued to fire even after being injured by an enemy mortar round that exploded near him. Additionally, he ignored his injuries and inability to swim and, using an air mattress, crossed a river to rescue three wounded soldiers. After, he refused medical attention and joined another howitzer crew which fired at the Viet Cong forces until they fled.

Davis was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Lyndon Johnson on November 19, 1968.

Harold Fritz, USA (Ret.)

Lt. Col. Harold Arthur Fritz was a first lieutenant when, though wounded, he demonstrated the remarkable leadership that resulted in him being awarded the Medal of Honor and promoted to captain.

Fritz was leading his seven-vehicle armored column to escort a truck convoy on January 11, 1969. When the suddenly came under attack, Fritz’ vehicle was hit and he was seriously wounded. Despite this, having realized that his platoon was in danger of being overrun, Fritz leaped to the top of his burning vehicle and directed the positioning of his remaining vehicles and men. Later, armed with only a pistol and bayonet, Fritz led a small group of his men in a fierce charge that routed the attackers. When a relief force arrived, Fritz moved through heavy enemy fire to direct its deployment. He assisted his men, and refused medical attention until all of the wounded had been treated and evacuated.

Fritz was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Richard Nixon on March 2, 1971.

Michael Thornton, USN (Ret.)

Lt. Michael Edwin Thornton, from the Upstate of South Carolina, is the only Medal of Honor recipient in over 100 years to save the life of another recipient, who had also performed heroic, lifesaving actions months earlier.

On October 31, 1972, Petty Officer Thornton was an assistant U.S. Navy adviser who, along with a lieutenant serving as senior adviser, accompanied a three-man Vietnamese Navy SEAL patrol on a mission to gather intelligence. After reaching land, the patrol moved on foot until it came under heavy fire. The group, outnumbered, called in naval gunfire support and then engaged the enemy in a fierce firefight before moving back to the waterline. After learning that the senior adviser had been hit by the enemy and was thought to be dead, Thornton returned through heavy fire to the his last position and succeeded in moving the seriously wounded and unconscious lieutenant to the water’s edge. Thornton then inflated the lieutenant’s lifejacket and towed him towards the sea for two hours, until both were picked up by support craft.

Thornton was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Richard Nixon on October 15, 1973.

Media Advisory from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society

Who and What:

On Wednesday, July 14, Recipients of the Medal of Honor will present their 2020 and 2021 Citizen Honors Service Awards for Acts of Selfless Service at a dinner being held at the Belmond Charleston Place, after a day of activities highlighting the integrity of the Medal of Honor and its Recipients. This is the first time that this prestigious awards dinner will be hosted in Charleston.

“For the Citizen Honors Awards each year, the Medal of Honor Recipients come together to recognize service and commitment beyond the call of duty, not only on the battlefield, but also at home in the course of everyday life,” said Drew Dix, President, The Congressional Medal of Honor Society (CMOHS).

CMOHS conducts an annual nationwide search to select individuals and an organization to receive their Citizen Honors awards for Service and Valor. The Citizen Honors Award Honorees receive their awards from a group of Americans whose actions have defined the words courage and selfless service – Medal of Honor Recipients. The Honorees are ordinary Americans who have gone above and beyond to perform extraordinary acts of service.

Catherine Herridge, CBS News, Senior Investigative Correspondent will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

The 2020 and 2021 Valor Awards will be presented in Boston in September.

When & Where:

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
5:00 p.m. media interview opportunities, 6:30 p.m. dinner and program
Belmond, Charleston Place, 205 Meeting Street

Additional Activities with Medal of Honor Recipients in Charleston:

Tuesday, July 13:

3:00 p.m. — Mayor John J. Tecklenburg Welcome and Presentation of Keys to the City to Medal of Honor Recipients
City Hall, Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, 80 Broad Street

6:50 p.m. — American Airlines Reception Hosting Medal of Honor Recipients and Citizen Honorees First Pitch
Joseph P. Riley Park, Home of the Charleston RiverDogs

7:05 p.m. — Ceremonial First Pitch by Medal of Honor Recipient Matthew O. Williams

Game Time

Wednesday, July 14:

9:30 a.m. — Character Development Program at The Citadel, where three Medal of Honor Recipients will speak to more than 225 incoming cadet-recruits, who are taking part in the Citadel Success Institute, on the importance of courage, commitment, integrity, sacrifice, citizenship and patriotism.
The Citadel – Buyer Auditorium (2nd Floor of Mark Clark Hall)

10:00 am — Veterans Outreach Program, where Medal of Honor Recipients will lead peer-to-peer panel discussions on overcoming adversity, modeling of resilience behaviors in tough times, coping with high stress jobs and reducing the stigma of asking for help.
Scientific Research Corporation (SRC) Corporate (In person and Webcast) 101 Remount Road, Suite 500, North Charleston

5:30 p.m. — Citizen Honors Dinner and Awards Presentation
Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting Street

To attend any of the above events or request additional information, RSVP to John Falkenbury 703-731-1042.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was chartered by Congress in 1958 to create a brotherhood among the living Medal of Honor recipients; to protect and uphold the dignity and honor of the Medal; to promote patriotism and love of country; and to inspire our youth to become worthy and dedicated citizens of our nation. Its membership consists exclusively of those individuals who have received the Medal of Honor. Today, there are 67 living recipients of the Medal of Honor.

For more information about the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, visit http://www.cmohs.org/.

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Spokesman for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, NATO Resolute Support to join The Citadel as Vice President for Communications and Marketing https://today.citadel.edu/spokesman-for-operation-freedoms-sentinel-nato-resolute-support-to-join-the-citadel-as-vice-president-for-communications-and-marketing/ Mon, 28 Jun 2021 21:01:59 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25057 It is exciting to welcome Col. Sonny Leggett to The Citadel’s leadership team as Vice President for Communications and Marketing.]]>

The communications strategist working on behalf of the United States and more than 50 countries will join his alma matter as vice president for Communications and Marketing. Col. William (Sonny) Leggett, USA, Citadel Class of 1996, will join the college after he retires from 25 years of military service later this summer.

Currently, Leggett is the director of strategic communications for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and the NATO Resolute Support Mission, Afghanistan. In the position since 2019, Leggett synchronizes all communications, communications assets and capabilities across the theater while serving as principal advisor to the operational commander. He also serves as theater spokesperson engaging 1.9 million people daily across the social media platforms in support of campaign objectives.

“It is exciting to welcome Col. Sonny Leggett to The Citadel’s leadership team,” said The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret). “His experiences and accomplishments as a strategic communicator in numerous high-level positions for the United States Armed Forces will greatly benefit our mission to educate and develop principled leaders.”

Before his deployment to Afghanistan, Leggett served as director of strategic communications for the National Security Council for three years. In that role he provided direct counsel to the President of the United States on efforts to counter terrorist and state-actor communications. Leggett also led the White House engagements with Silicon Valley enterprises, informing tech companies on how their platforms were being exploited by terrorists, including ISIS.

From 2009-2014, Leggett was the principal public affairs advisor to the Commander of Joint Special Operations Command. There he developed comprehensive, inter-agency strategic communications plans in support of military operations producing global interest and directly impacting U.S. Foreign Policy.

Earlier in his Army career, Leggett was the director of public affairs for Joint Special Operations Task Force, Afghanistan, and for the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. He also served in The Citadel Army ROTC detachment as a recruiting officer, an assistant professor of military science and an active-duty cadet company tactical officer.

Leggett earned a B.A. in Political Science from The Citadel, an M.A. in Public Relations/Corporate Communications from Georgetown University and an M.S. in National Security Strategy with a concentration in Emerging Technologies from the National War College. Additionally, he completed U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, as well as the Defense Information School’s Public Affairs Officers Course.

Leggett replaces Col. John Dorrian, ’90, who left the college in May after accepting a position with Lockheed Martin.

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Cadets and families: get the intel needed to prepare for fall semester at The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/cadets-and-families-get-the-intel-needed-to-prepare-for-fall-semester-at-the-citadel/ Thu, 24 Jun 2021 16:48:53 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24989 Parents Town Hall Live Graphic June 2021Parents Town Hall Live Graphic June 2021Incoming cadet recruits register by July 1 for The Citadel Success Institute All cadets and their families are encouraged to participate a June 29 virtual town hall, as the college]]> Parents Town Hall Live Graphic June 2021Parents Town Hall Live Graphic June 2021

Incoming cadet recruits register by July 1 for The Citadel Success Institute

All cadets and their families are encouraged to participate a June 29 virtual town hall, as the college community looks forward to returning to normal operations in every way possible for the coming academic year.

Hear the plans and ask questions about the 2021-2022 fall semester during the virtual town hall at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29. It will be accessible from the college’s Facebook page.

The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.) and The Citadel Provost and Dean of the College, Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR, will lead the session.

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Matriculation Day at The Citadel, 2017.

Class of 2025: register by July 1 for Citadel Success Institute

Cadet recruits should remember that preparing for a successful knob year begins now. Matriculation Day is just weeks away on August 14. Detailed information on reporting times and flow will be available closer to that date.

One of the best ways to prepare is by attending The Citadel Success Institute which runs July 12–August 3.

The Citadel Success Institute is designed to helps to better prepare cadet recruits academically, emotionally, and physically for the rigors of The Citadel. Class of 2025 participants will earn credit in a course related to their majors, meet cadet mentors, hear from Medal of Honor recipients, make new friends within their class and work on team building exercises and physical fitness on a campus obstacle course. Statistics demonstrate that that students who participate in CSI are better prepared to succeed at The Citadel.

Students who have been accepted by The Citadel and have been medically cleared are highly encouraged to register for The Citadel Success Institute here, by July 1, 2021. Questions can be emailed to csi@citadel.edu, or cadet recruits can call (843) 953-5705.

Additionally, all incoming members of the Class of 2025 should access The Cadet Success Packet online here. The packet defines the college’s core values of honor, duty and respect, explains expectations related to academic, military and physical fitness training, uniform requirements and more. Information in the packet will be updated, as needed, as Matriculation Day approaches.

Cadet recruit moving in during Matriculation Day 2019
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The Citadel to upgrade scoreboard, video at Johnson Hagood Stadium https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-to-upgrade-scoreboard-video-at-johnson-hagood-stadium/ Thu, 24 Jun 2021 12:36:08 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24980 A rendering of the new scoreboard at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. ProvidedA rendering of the new scoreboard at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. ProvidedThe gift from Bill Varner (Class of 1973) will pay for a new system.]]> A rendering of the new scoreboard at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. ProvidedA rendering of the new scoreboard at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. Provided

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Jeff Hartsell

Photo above: A rendering of the new scoreboard at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium.

A gift of $1.2 million from a graduate of The Citadel will fund an upgrade of the scoreboard and video board at Johnson Hagood Stadium, the school announced June 23.

The gift from Bill Varner (Class of 1973) will pay for a new system with six LED displays and a new audio system from Daktronics to replace the aging scoreboard at the football stadium.

The donation is part of the Class of 1973′s 50th reunion campaign, and the class also aims to create an endowment of $300,000 to maintain the system. The new board will be known as the “Class of 1973 Scoreboard.”

“The Citadel is looking forward to working with Daktronics on this very exciting project,” said Mike Capaccio, director of athletics for The Citadel. “This is the next step in our stadium enhancement project at Johnson Hagood Stadium and will provide our fans a great experience with the newest technology available for a video board.”

The new board will be in place for the 2021 season, with a center video display measuring 26½ feet high by 51½ feet wide, with four side displays measuring 15½ feet by 13 feet. An auxiliary display measures about 7 feet by 18 feet. The six displays feature 15HD pixel layouts for enhanced clarity and contrast, the school said.

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The main video display and auxiliary display are capable of “variable content zoning,” allowing each display to show one large image or multiple zoned images including any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages.

Daktronics will also be including its “Show Control” solution with the installation. It provides a combination of display control software, video processing, data integration and playback hardware to form a user-friendly production solution.

The Class of 1973 is aiming toward a $7.3 million fundraising goal for its 50th reunion, the highest goal ever for a 50th reunion campaign, according to Jonathan Walker of The Citadel Foundation.

The Citadel’s home opener is set for Sept. 11 against Charleston Southern, and the Bulldogs will have six home games in 2021. 

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Lt. Col Kenneth Reed, Citadel Class of 2004, takes command of the California Medical Detachment https://today.citadel.edu/lt-col-kenneth-reed-citadel-class-of-2004-takes-command-of-the-california-medical-detachment/ Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:59:15 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24971 Madigan Army Medical Center Acting Commander Col. Scott Roofe hands the colors of the California Medical Detachment to Lt. Col. Kenneth Reed in a change of command ceremony held on Soldier Field on the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., on June 18. Madigan has most of its clinics in the Pacific Northwest, with its main hospital on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. CAL MED falls under its command. (Kirstin Grace-Simons)Madigan Army Medical Center Acting Commander Col. Scott Roofe hands the colors of the California Medical Detachment to Lt. Col. Kenneth Reed in a change of command ceremony held on Soldier Field on the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., on June 18. Madigan has most of its clinics in the Pacific Northwest, with its main hospital on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. CAL MED falls under its command. (Kirstin Grace-Simons)"Reed has been deeply involved in the Army Medicine response to COVID..."]]> Madigan Army Medical Center Acting Commander Col. Scott Roofe hands the colors of the California Medical Detachment to Lt. Col. Kenneth Reed in a change of command ceremony held on Soldier Field on the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., on June 18. Madigan has most of its clinics in the Pacific Northwest, with its main hospital on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. CAL MED falls under its command. (Kirstin Grace-Simons)Madigan Army Medical Center Acting Commander Col. Scott Roofe hands the colors of the California Medical Detachment to Lt. Col. Kenneth Reed in a change of command ceremony held on Soldier Field on the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., on June 18. Madigan has most of its clinics in the Pacific Northwest, with its main hospital on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. CAL MED falls under its command. (Kirstin Grace-Simons)

Change of command ceremony doesn’t take a holiday at CAL MED

As seen on Army.mil, by  Kirstin Grace-Simons

Photo above: Madigan Army Medical Center Acting Commander Col. Scott Roofe hands the colors of the California Medical Detachment to Lt. Col. Kenneth Reed in a change of command ceremony held on Soldier Field on the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., on June 18. Madigan has most of its clinics in the Pacific Northwest, with its main hospital on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. CAL MED falls under its command. (Kirstin Grace-Simons)

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. – It is unusual to see a change of command ceremony take place on a federal holiday. The California Medical Detachment took the opportunity to acknowledge the new holiday, Juneteenth, and merely add to the celebration as Lt. Col. Kenneth Reed took command of CAL MED from Col. Zack Solomon in a ceremony on Soldier Field on the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., on June 18.

“Thank you for being here on this very first observance of Juneteenth as a national holiday; it aligns with our values- supporting freedom,” said Col. Scott Roofe, Madigan Army Medical Center’s acting commander who traveled down to preside over the ceremony. CAL MED falls under Madigan’s command.

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Typically, CAL MED’s civilians would add a formation on the field for such an occasion. But, given the holiday, those in attendance were audience members.

CAL MED is more than the clinic on the sunny hill at the Presidio of Monterey. It is so much more. It encompasses Naval Support Activity Monterey, as well as five other army installations spread across approximately 250 miles providing behavioral health, industrial hygiene, and environmental and occupational health services. One of its outposts is the Major General William H. Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic, which houses CAL MED’s pediatrics and family medicine clinics. It is only the second fully integrated VA-DoD facility in the nation. Solomon took command on the same field in June of 2019.

Roofe enumerated just a few of Solomon’s many command highlights.

“He led the team to successfully and safely implement the DoD’s new electronic health record, MHS GENESIS. I see some knowing nods out there. And not only did they do a great job here, the team with Col. Solomon navigating it expertly and flawlessly, but the work they did here has served as a template for all the other like-sized clinics throughout the enterprise,” shared Roofe. “As evidence of his genuine commitment to quality and safety, he led CAL MED to a very successful Joint Commission survey with the lowest number of findings in the history of this clinic’s existence, phenomenal work.”

Solomon’s healthy ability to build relationships was commented on by Roofe and Reed and his affable nature welcomes people with a smile and good humor.

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“My wife was worried about parking today, I made some calls. So, it’s not an issue. Cleared the installation for this,” Solomon joked, starting his remarks with a nod to how quiet the installation was on the new holiday.

His humor continued as he pondered what his speech would consist of had the COVID-19 pandemic not intruded on everyone’s plans for the past year and a half.

He noted how such an alternate universe would have seen the transition to MHS GENESIS as the big story of his command and he and his family would have enjoyed attending all the festivals and events the Monterey area typically has to offer.

“But we don’t live in an alternate universe; we live in the now. The past year and a half was one that we could never have anticipated- a complete lockdown, confusion and fear worldwide. There was so much uncertainty. But when we needed them most, heroes revealed themselves. From the beginning of the COVID pandemic, our CAL MED team sprang into action. Our mission changed in epic fashion; failure was not an option,” said Solomon. “CAL MED, when I say you’re heroes, I mean it quite literally. I could spend the rest of the day speaking about each of you individually and how you poured your hearts and souls into this organization, and most importantly, the service members and families in your care. I will be forever grateful for having served alongside you. To say I’m proud of all of you is an understatement.”

Reed has been deeply involved in the Army Medicine response to COVID as well as he has worked in U.S. Army Forces Command. He also comes to CAL MED with significant operational experience with the 44th Medical Brigade and the 28th Combat Support Hospital, both headquartered in Fort Bragg, N.C., prior to that.

“His work at FORSCOM (U.S. Army Forces Command) operations has been broadly impactful and instrumental in coordinating the UA MTF (urban augmentation medical task force) and the vaccine augmentation medical task force deployment since COVID started. So, [he] really has been on the frontlines of COVID coordinating across the nation and across the world,” said Roofe.

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Reed is from Port Norris, N.J. He commissioned in the Medical Service Corps through the ROTC program at The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina. He earned a master’s degree in business and organizational security management. He has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and is a member of the Official Order of Military Medical Merit.

With such a hearty resume behind him, Reed nevertheless leads with gratitude, noting the impacts of others on his professional successes.

“A special thank you to a friend and Army pentathlete who is here from JBLM- Lt. Col. Mike Moore. He was my commander when I was a young second lieutenant in Iraq. And Mike, I know it didn’t seem like it at the time, but you had a major impact on my career during that difficult deployment. It’s leaders like yourself, and many others throughout my career, that professionally developed a young officer who needed some purpose and direction. And I know the Army appreciates the 39 years of service you’ve given to the nation,” Reed said.

Noting the size of the shoes he is now charged with filling, Reed recognized the respect with which POM installation leaders view Solomon, seeing following him as a distinct challenge.

“Sustaining those relationships and lines of communication you’ve built is one of the most important things I can do to help CAL MED continue and excel in supporting the readiness and the health of the force and families here at the Presidio of Monterey,” Reed said.

Reed with troops

Reed also relished the prospect of leading the CAL MED team.

“To the families, Soldiers, civilians and staff for the California Medical Detachment, it is an honor and a privilege to be your commander. I’m excited to lead and learn from all of you, and I look forward to our time together,” he said.

The assembled audience retreated from the sun to a reception welcoming the Reed family and the remainder of the new holiday.

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Madigan’s Social Media Links:

Madigan’s Facebook:

www.Facebook.com/Madiganhealth

Madigan’s Twitter:

www.Twitter.com/Madiganhealth

Madigan’s Instagram:

www.Instagram.com/Madiganmedicine

Madigan’s LinkedIn:

www.Linkedin.com/company/madigan-army-medical-center/

Madigan’s YouTube:

www.youtube.com/c/MadiganArmyMedicalCenter

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SC National Guard trains with The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber Institute https://today.citadel.edu/sc-national-guard-trains-with-the-citadel-department-of-defense-cyber-institute/ Mon, 21 Jun 2021 16:09:36 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24866 Members of the SC National Guard pose for a group photo with members of The Citadel Dept. of Defense Cyber InstuteMembers of the SC National Guard pose for a group photo with members of The Citadel Dept. of Defense Cyber Instute"The opportunity to partner in training our South Carolina National Guard soldiers builds the state's cyber workforce capacity."]]> Members of the SC National Guard pose for a group photo with members of The Citadel Dept. of Defense Cyber InstuteMembers of the SC National Guard pose for a group photo with members of The Citadel Dept. of Defense Cyber Instute

By Col. Linda Reidel, USA, deputy director of operations and outreach for The Citadel Dept. of Defense Cyber Institute

Members of the South Carolina National Guard are among the first groups outside to be trained by The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber Institute.

The Institute launched its inaugural ten-day Cyber Boot Camp this summer, with 28 soldiers attending the grant-funded, cyber leadership development program.

“The Citadel has always been a part of the South Carolina National Guard family. The opportunity to partner in training our soldiers builds the state’s cyber workforce capacity,” said Col. Linda Riedel, USA, The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber Institute deputy director of operations and outreach. “When you train a National Guard soldier, you are also training the civilian workforce and ultimately the community.”

Overseen and directed by The Citadel’s cyber programs’ founder and director of the Institute, Shankar Banik, Ph.D., the soldiers studied two primary subject areas: Security+ and cyber Penetration Testing+. The soldier-students learned intermediate security concepts and how to conduct cyber penetration tests to enhance an enterprise’s cybersecurity program. 

“The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber Institute exists because there is a critical shortage of qualified cyber professionals within the Department of Defense, in both the military and civilian service areas,” said Banik. “Serving the South Carolina National Guard supports our three mission goals which include helping sustain a cyber-ready workforce, enhancing the nation’s cyber talent, and establishing a top talent management program.”

Banik hopes to work more with the state’s National Guard soldiers in the future.

“It was an exciting two weeks. There was a good exchange of knowledge connected to examples of real-world applications,” said Torry Crass, one of the instructors. Crass is the Chief Information Security Officer for the North Carolina Board of Elections.

A student in the boot camp, Maj. Latasha O’Neil, works fulltime for the South Carolina National Guard. She is an electronic maintenance supervisor at the McCrady Training Center which is located at Ft. Jackson near Columbia. O’Neil has a Master’s degree in Information Technology Management. “The training through in the Institute’s program is both rigorous and rewarding,” said O’Neil.

The soldiers also made use of The Citadel’s new Cyber Lab, equipped with NetLab+ and VMware vCloud Director program framework allowing training to enhance cyber-competency skills. Going forward, the Cyber Lab will be used to train Citadel cadets and students in Network+, Security+, Certified Ethical Hacking, Forensics, Palo Alto Firewall, and VMware vSphere.

South Carolina National Guardsmen take part in the National Guard Cyber Bootcamp hosted by The Citadel Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber institute (CDCI) in Thompson Hall at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday June 17, 2021.

At the end of the training, the soldiers were able to test to qualify for certification from the CompTIA Sec+.  CompTIA Security+ certification is a global certification exam that validates the baseline skills you need to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.

“This training will make me more aware of what threats are out there and how to not become a victim,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Andrew Butler. Butler works as a fraud investigator for Wells Fargo in his civilian capacity. 

The Citadel and the nation’s other five Senior Military Colleges received approximately $1.5 million of federal money each to establish cybersecurity institutes as pilot programs on their campus. The funds are part of a $10 million Dept. of Defense appropriation to the National Security Agency for these institutes included in the 2020 Consolidated Appropriations Act .

The Citadel has been designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security since 2016.

South Carolina National Guardsmen pose for a group portrait during the National Guard Cyber Bootcamp hosted by The Citadel Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber institute (CDCI) in Thompson Hall at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday June 17, 2021.

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Congratulations to The Citadel’s 2021 veteran student graduates https://today.citadel.edu/congratulations-to-the-citadels-2021-veteran-student-graduates/ Sun, 20 Jun 2021 10:00:42 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24843 First, to all of The Citadel’s veteran students, thank you for your service to the United States of America. The college would also like to congratulate our veteran students who]]>

First, to all of The Citadel’s veteran students, thank you for your service to the United States of America.

The college would also like to congratulate our veteran students who graduated as part of The Citadel Class of 2021.

Veteran students at The Citadel (named one of the Top Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report, and other ranking sources), can study at the undergraduate and graduate levels, either on campus, or online depending on the degree.

The veteran student Class of 2021 graduates studied in the programs and settings that best fit their career goals and personal needs, including as cadet veterans, day veterans attending with the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, evening undergraduate veterans, graduate school veterans, or as active duty students.

The Citadel Class of 2021 veteran students are as follows (day program):

Ian Earl Adams
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Joseph Peter Arnold
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Katelyn Marie Arnold
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Wayland Ray Baker
Master of Business Administration

Curtis Michael Baynes
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Matthew Stephen Bonham
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Steven Buckwalter
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Corey Matthew Byrd
Master of Business Administration

Jennifer Lynne Byrd
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Stephanie Rose Clinevell
Master of Business Administration

Christian Edward Cochran
Master of Business Administration

Brittney Marie Deckard
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Joseph Raymond Demelis
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Nicholas Erickson
Master of Business Administration

Margaret Chandler Fowler
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Jose Daniel Garcia
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Luis Humberto Garcia
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Nathan Jamar Haggwood
Master of Business Administration

Alden Moinet Hathaway III
Master of Business Administration

Carlo Michael Hodil
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Timothy Douglas Jones
Master of Business Administration

Blake Cody Mallett-Fuina
Master of Science Project Management

Matthew Shawn Mullinax II
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Andrew Robert Nyser
Master of Science Project Management

Dennis Brian O’Connor
Master of Science Project Management

William Bradley Pond
Master of Business Administration

Matthew Edward Rushing
Master of Science Project Management

John Paul Semones
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Michael Sharpe
Master of Business Administration

Trevor Raymond Speelman
Master of Business Administration

Jonathan Meyer Workman
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Evening program graduates

Christian Edward Cochran
Master of Business Administration

Brittney Marie Deckard
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Joseph Raymond Demelis
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Nicholas Erickson
Master of Business Administration

Margaret Chandler Fowler
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Jose Daniel Garcia
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Luis Humberto Garcia
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Nathan Jamar Haggwood
Master of Business Administration

Alden Moinet Hathaway III
Master of Business Administration

Carlo Michael Hodil
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Timothy Douglas Jones
Master of Business Administration

Blake Cody Mallett-Fuina
Master of Science

Matthew Shawn Mullinax II
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Andrew Robert Nyser
Master of Science

Dennis Brian O’Connor
Master of Science

William Bradley Pond
Master of Business Administration

Matthew Edward Rushing
Master of Science

John Paul Semones
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Michael Sharpe
Master of Business Administration

Trevor Raymond Speelman
Master of Business Administration

Jonathan Meyer Workman
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Support for veterans studying with The Citadel

Veteran Student Success Center

The Citadel proudly offers veterans the opportunity to complete or advance their education in an environment that understands and appreciates military service. There is a special building on campus dedicated to veteran students for their use only. Read more here about the Veteran Student Success Center , how to apply to The Citadel and how to get assistance with your G.I. Bill funding.

The Citadel Student Veterans Association

The Citadel Student Veterans Association Chapter is a direct portal from the U.S. Armed Forces to the proud and respected traditions of the higher education our country is known for. It is run by the college’s veteran students with the help of The Citadel’s Veterans Services Coordinator.

“At The Citadel we find the likeminded brotherhood that drew us each to our respective branches of service.” 

The Citadel Student Veterans Association

For more information, please email citadelveterans@citadel.edu.

The Tommy Baker Veteran Fellowship Program

The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.) congratulating a veteran student who earned an award in January of 2020
The Baker Veteran Fellowship Awards Ceremony and Veteran Student Gold Star Certificate Presentations take place at Johnson Hagood Stadium at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

The Tommy Baker Veteran Fellowship is a unique and rewarding experience for veteran students intended to help meet the immediate set of needs of veteran students at The Citadel, while positioning the fellows for future success. With the support from Tommy Baker, (namesake for the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business), selected Citadel veterans studying in all areas are given a significant advantage over students at other institutions.

The program includes 10 fellowships each academic year and includes a $5,000 stipend for tuition and educational expenses and an individualized internship experience overseen by The Citadel Career Services division, which offers academic credit as well as a customized educational experience. One component of the internship experience is a research project, where students complete an assessment of an organizational issue with recommended strategies and solutions.  To learn more, or to apply, please visit this webpage.

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Citadel begins demolishing historic Capers Hall and will construct a new academic building https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-begins-demolishing-historic-capers-hall-and-will-construct-a-new-academic-building/ Fri, 18 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24832 Demolition begins on The Citadel’s Capers Hall on June 8, 2021. Lauren Petracca/StaffDemolition begins on The Citadel’s Capers Hall on June 8, 2021. Lauren Petracca/StaffPhoto above: Demolition begins on The Citadel’s Capers Hall on June 8, 2021. Lauren Petracca/Staff As seen in The Post and Courier, by Thomas Novelly The Citadel started demolishing its]]> Demolition begins on The Citadel’s Capers Hall on June 8, 2021. Lauren Petracca/StaffDemolition begins on The Citadel’s Capers Hall on June 8, 2021. Lauren Petracca/Staff

Photo above: Demolition begins on The Citadel’s Capers Hall on June 8, 2021. Lauren Petracca/Staff

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Thomas Novelly

The Citadel started demolishing its largest and most historic academic buildings on campus to make space for a new, updated space to be used by cadets in 2023.

Capers Hall was built in 1949 and has housed classrooms and offices for the English, history and political science departments for generations of Citadel students. But on June 8, a demolition crane began to poke holes in the walls and rip plaster from the fortress-like white building, slowly removing it from campus one chunk at a time. 

Demolition will continue through the summer.

Citadel officials plan to build a 107,700-square-foot replacement in two years which will house classrooms, a 250-seat performing arts auditorium, an art gallery and a computer lab for the school’s Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies.

The project carries a $67 million price tag. About $15 million of that will be provided by the S.C. General Assembly, with the rest coming from state institution bonds and capital reserve funds. The Legislature also had to approve the renovation. The Citadel Foundation is also soliciting donations to offset some of the construction costs. 

Jeff Lamberson, vice president for The Citadel’s Office of Facilities and Engineering, said the seven- decade-old academic building lacked a lot of modern amenities needed for students and teachers. While he’s sad to see some of the campus history disappear, he said he’s eager for the school to provide more modern space.

“The classrooms will be much bigger and more flexible in nature,” Lamberson said. “You will be able to move around the furniture and you’ll have all types of audio and visual computer aids for students.”

Some historic elements from the old version will be repurposed for the new building. 

Concrete, masonry and stucco from demolition will be hauled off-site, crushed and recycled into the new building’s site foundation and parking area. And the distinctive iron-frame light fixtures will be used in the new offering. 

The Citadel originally sought approval from the state to do extensive renovations at Capers Hall but opted for a total rebuild after conducting a structural evaluation in 2014. Rather than spend an estimated $7 million to $8 million reinforcing those walls to meet modern international building codes, the school decided to start from scratch.

The construction of a new academic space puts a slight burden on faculty members for the upcoming school year.

Employees with Thompson Turner Construction and The Citadel watch as demolition begins on Capers Hall on June 8, 2021. Lauren Petracca/StaffLauren Petracca

Brian Jones, dean for The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, said some classrooms will relocate to the library, other campus buildings and even mobile trailers while the renovation is taking place.

“We’ve already transitioned the faculty, and they’re already up and running in their new spaces,” Jones said.

Capers Hall was named for two brothers, Confederate Brig. Gen. Ellison Capers and Maj. Francis W. Capers, who was superintendent of The Citadel from 1853 to 1859.

The demolition comes amid a nationwide reckoning of Confederate imagery in public spaces and in the U.S. military. Retired Marine Corps Gen. Glenn M. Walters, president of The Citadel, said in a memo last year he was “establishing a committee to further study historical figures for whom structures are named.” 

The committee’s progress on researching and identifying buildings was sidelined by COVID-19, but they will resume their duties in the fall.

Presently, there are no plans to change the name of the hall when it is rebuilt. 

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