Alumni – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:56:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.4 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Alumni – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Plaque honoring fallen Citadel alumni added to National D-Day Memorial https://today.citadel.edu/plaque-honoring-fallen-citadel-alumni-added-to-national-d-day-memorial/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:56:14 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=32523 Members of The Citadel leadership participated in the dedication ceremony the plaque, honoring 16 graduates and former cadets of The Citadel.]]>

On June 6, 1944, thousands of soldiers were killed or wounded during D-Day, one of the most pivotal and well-known events of World War II.

Among those are 16 Citadel alumni who gave their lives to ensure the success of Operation Overlord, the codename for the Allied invasion of Normandy and liberation of France.

Now, the names of those alumni are forever included in the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia.

On Saturday, June 4, members of The Citadel leadership participated in the dedication ceremony for the new plaque, honoring those graduates and former cadets of The Citadel.

Additionally, multiple alumni attended and gave remarks, including those who helped to make the event possible. Julia Godek — the granddaughter of Maj. Thomas Dry Howie, ’29, one of the alumni included on the plaque — was also at the ceremony.

Julia Godek — the granddaughter of Maj. Thomas Dry Howie, ’29, at the National D-Day Memorial.

“As the Military College of South Carolina, our commitment to those who have served and died for their nation is fundamental,” said The Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79. “These 16 men, including some from The Class that Never Was, fought and died in defense of freedom – not just for the United States, but for the world. These members of The Citadel’s Long Gray Line belong here, where we remember all those brave heroes who gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy.”

To read more about some of those who died during D-Day and Operation Overlord, click here.

The effort to have the plaque installed in the memorial began about two years ago, when Maj. Jeremy Flake, U.S. Army, ’08, realized The Citadel was not represented.

Flake, also a member of The Citadel Alumni Association Board of Directors, began to work with the D-Day Memorial Foundation to fix that.

“My motivation to get this project completed was to ensure The Citadel was represented at this national memorial,” said Flake. “I felt it was my duty to ensure that a plaque was created and placed at the memorial to honor those men who paid the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Overlord, and also to be a place for fellow alumni, family and visitors to pay tribute to them.”

Once approval by the CAA, The Citadel Club of Greater Washington, DC, helped support the fundraising efforts for the plaque.

Walters served as the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Other members of The Citadel delegation included Provost Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR; Vice Chair of The Citadel Board of Visitors Peter McCoy; and next year’s Regimental Commander Cadet Benjamin Johnson.

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Robert Brown Named Executive Assistant Director of the Science and Technology Branch https://today.citadel.edu/robert-brown-named-executive-assistant-director-of-the-science-and-technology-branch/ Tue, 31 May 2022 19:25:32 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=32467 Brown graduated from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Prior to joining the FBI, he was a deputy sheriff for nine years.]]>

Note: Robert Brown graduated from The Citadel in 1992 earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He was promoted to Assistant Director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in 2021.

From the FBI National Press Office

Director Christopher Wray has named Robert Brown as the executive assistant director of the Science and Technology Branch at FBI Headquarters in Washington. Mr. Brown most recently served as the assistant director of the Operational Technology Division.

As head of the STB, Mr. Brown will oversee the Criminal Justice Information Services, Laboratory, and Operational Technology divisions.

Mr. Brown joined the FBI as a special agent in 2002 and was assigned to the Miami Field Office to investigate organized crime. He also served on the SWAT team. In 2007, Mr. Brown moved to the Washington Field Office and served on the Attorney General’s Protective Detail.

Mr. Brown was promoted to supervisory special agent in 2009 and transferred to the Transfer Unit in the Human Resources Division at Headquarters. He later served as unit chief.

In 2011, Mr. Brown was tapped to lead the Raleigh Resident Agency of the Charlotte Field Office in North Carolina. He led investigations targeting gangs and public corruption, led the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and supervised terrorism investigations. He was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Columbia Field Office in South Carolina in 2014 and oversaw the FBI’s response and investigation of the Charleston church shooting in 2015.

Mr. Brown was promoted to section chief in the Criminal Investigative Division at Headquarters in 2016 and managed investigations of—and the collection of intelligence about—transnational criminal organizations based in the Western Hemisphere. In 2017, he was named deputy assistant director for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. He became the special agent in charge of the Louisville Field Office in Kentucky in 2018.

In 2021, Mr. Brown was promoted to assistant director of the Operational Technology Division, which provides technology-based solutions to enable and enhance the FBI’s operations.

Mr. Brown graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He also earned a master’s in public administration from Norwich University. Prior to joining the FBI, he was a deputy sheriff for nine years.

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Remembering Dudley Saleeby Jr., ’66, former member of The Citadel Board of Visitors https://today.citadel.edu/remembering-dudley-saleeby-jr-66-former-member-of-the-citadel-board-of-visitors/ Wed, 18 May 2022 16:26:52 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=32327 The Citadel is mourning the loss of one of its most passionate supporters, a prominent alumnus known for his generous contributions to his alma mater.]]>

The Citadel is mourning the loss of one of its most passionate supporters, a prominent alumnus known for his generous contributions to his alma mater.

Dudley Saleeby Jr., a member of the Class of 1966, passed away on Sunday, May 15.

Just one day before, on May 14, The Citadel Alumni Association (CAA) passed a resolution recognizing his life-long contributions to the both the college and the CAA.

Be it resolved that The Citadel Alumni Association expresses its gratitude to Dudley Saleeby Jr. for a lifetime of selfless service to our beloved alma mater, said service being from the small to the large, in countless roles, all for the benefit of our cadets, the college, and the Association.

Portion of the CAA resolution passed in honor of Dudley Saleeby Jr., ’66

In 2007, Saleeby was named Distinguished Life Member of the CAA — a title awarded to only 28 alumni to date. It is the highest honor bestowed by the Association, and recognizes alumni who achieved excellence in their professions and made meaningful contributions to The Citadel, the CAA and their local communities.

His contributions included serving a one-year term as president of the CAA, and more than 50 years as the Chair for the Class of 1966 with The Citadel Foundation.

In addition, Saleeby also served on The Citadel Board of Visitors from 1999-2005.

Dudley Saleeby Jr. (back row, fourth from the left) at a meeting of The Citadel Board of Visitors in Sept. 2002.

“Dudley Saleeby represented everything one could hope for in an alumnus of The Citadel: a servant leader for his colleges, his church, his community and his country,” said Col. Dylan Goff, ’02, chair of the BOV. “We are grateful for his years of dedicated service, and send our deepest condolences to his family as we join them in mourning his loss.”

Saleeby also served as solicitor in Florence for decades.

“I had the great privilege to deliver the CAA’s resolution to him Saturday afternoon,” said Mark Brandenburg, General Counsel at The Citadel. “Sadly, I was his last visitor. The resolution touched him deeply. He loved The Citadel and was a great and passionate advocate for the school for over 50 years. His passing is The Citadel’s great loss. I had the opportunity to share two alma maters with him — The Citadel and Duke Law School. Our seats in Johnson Hagood were on the same row, and we also sat together at many Duke basketball games. Both schools will miss him tremendously.”

Obituary from The Post and Courier

Dudley Saleeby, Jr. of Florence, SC, died peacefully at home in the company of his family on May 15, 2022.

Born in Florence on September 15, 1944, he was the son of Dudley Saleeby and Mary Frances (“Tumpy”) Hammond Saleeby. He was raised in Dillon, SC, surrounded by an extended Lebanese family.

At Dillon High School, he played football, basketball, ran track, and put the shot. He also served as Governor of the Carolinas District for Key Club International, for which he traveled extensively to speak at meetings and conventions and made lifelong friends.

Later, at The Citadel, he continued this involvement through Circle K, eventually being elected International Vice-President. Mr. Saleeby graduated from The Citadel with a degree in political science in 1966, and received his law degree in 1969 from Duke University School of Law.

He dearly loved his alma maters and maintained a relationship throughout his life with both.

He served for over fifty years as Class Agent for the Citadel Class of ’66, keeping in touch annually with every member of his class.

Having served several terms on the Board of Directors of The Citadel Alumni Association, he was proud to be elected its President in 1969. One of his happiest memories was taking the review of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at the Homecoming Parade that year.

He also served for six years on The Citadel Board of Visitors, the governing body of the school, and for many years on the Board of The Citadel Foundation.

Dudley was also a fixture inside and outside of Johnson Hagood Stadium, where he rarely missed a Bulldog home game.

At Duke University School of Law he served as President of the Duke Bar Association and was also active as an alumnus. A devoted Duke basketball fan, he proudly attended all thirteen Final Fours of the Coach K era, including the one in New Orleans just a month before his death.

Following law school, Mr. Saleeby served in the US Army as a military intelligence advisor in Vietnam, attaining the rank of captain.

Dudley’s law career was primarily as a public servant, serving the state as a criminal prosecutor. He loved the discipline of preparing cases for trial, working with law enforcement officers, and bringing justice and closure to victims and their families.

From 1972 to 1975, he was an Assistant Attorney General, trying cases statewide on behalf of the SC Attorney General.

In 1979, following his relocation to Florence with his wife Lalla, he was elected Solicitor of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina and served Florence and Marion Counties for twenty years in that capacity. When he retired from full-time prosecution, he continued to serve as a part-time assistant in both the Twelfth and Third Circuits. He enjoyed swapping courtroom stories with colleagues from across the country at the annual summer conference of the National District Attorneys Association.

Mr. Saleeby was a life-long Presbyterian. At First Presbyterian Church in Florence, he enjoyed being a teacher of the Price Sunday School Class. He was a former chairman of the Board of Deacons, and later an Elder, serving as Clerk of Session. He also served on various Presbytery committees. The Christian fellowship of his church family was an anchor in his life.

Dudley loved to travel, and enjoyed planning and taking interesting trips. Favorite destinations were national parks, Ireland, Scotland, and European sites associated with military history. He also loved sitting on the porch of his weekend home in downtown Charleston.

Mr. Saleeby is survived by his wife of forty-nine years, Lalla Harrison Saleeby, originally from Leesburg, Virginia; his daughter, Catherine Ravenel Saleeby McDowell (Cat) and her husband, John, of Raleigh, NC; his son, Wilson Dudley Saleeby (Wil) and his wife, Quinn, of Bluffton, SC; and five grandchildren: Mary Katherine Saleeby, Robert Saleeby, Adger Saleeby, Jack McDowell, and Charlotte McDowell. He is also survived by a large group of extended family and in-laws.

The funeral will take place at 3:00 on Thursday, May 19, at First Presbyterian Church, 700 Park Avenue, Florence, SC, followed by interment in Mount Hope Cemetery with military honors.

The family will receive at their home from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening.

Waters-Powell Funeral Home is serving the family. Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 700 Park Avenue, Florence, SC 29501 or The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409.

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Careers in medicine: goals realized through The Citadel’s pre-health opportunities https://today.citadel.edu/careers-in-medicine-goals-realized-through-the-citadels-pre-health-opportunities/ Mon, 16 May 2022 21:50:25 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31942 "I think medicine is one of the most humbling professions and I’m excited at the prospect of building relationships and serving those around me."]]>

Photo above: Lt. Fernando Gonzalez, USN, The Citadel Class of 2016 seen second from the left, and Cpt. Dillon Graham, USAF, The Citadel Class of ’17, pictured fifth from the left pose with their classmates at the University of South Carolina Greenville Medical School graduation on May 6, 2022. Photo credit: Dr. Sarah Imam, The Citadel.

Two military doctors, an Air Force medical student and an Army nurse: all becoming servant leaders in medicine

The Citadel Director of Health Sciences, Sarah A. Imam, M.D., had two reasons to attend the University of South Carolina Greenville Medical School graduation. Drs. Fernando Gonzalez, The Citadel Class of 2016 and Dillon Graham, ’17, both completed the shared career goal of becoming medical doctors.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure being a part Fernando Gonzalez’s journey to becoming a doctor. He was a student and advisee of mine while he was a cadet at The Citadel, graduating in 2016. Now he is a medical school graduate, finishing in May, and is off to an Emergency Medicine Residency in Virginia in addition to serving in The United States Navy Reserve as a medical officer,” Imam shared following the ceremony.

Additionally, Imam was on hand to congratulate Capt. Dillon Graham, The Citadel Class of 2017 Regimental Commander.

“Dillon is a new medical doctor and a newlywed. His next step is going to a surgery residency in Greenville in addition to his promotion to captain in the Air Force. It was an exciting day and The Citadel was very well represented,” Imam added.

Every year cadets graduate from The Citadel to go on to medical school, becoming nurses, physician’s assistants or physical therapists. Imam says the college provides four years of pre-health guidance to help the cadets realize those goals.

“One of our Class of 2022 cadets who was a business major is going to medical school. Though biology might be a common pre-med major, is important to understand you can be any major and still go into medicine,” Imam stressed. “At The Citadel, we normally have 60 to 70 pre-health cadets with a variety of majors, plus our nursing majors. We make sure all cadets interested in health careers are accurately advised.”

Programs are in place at The Citadel where the cadets and students “simply have to be engaged in the two health career clubs to gain all the competencies that are needed to be considered for competitive medical programs after graduation,” Imam said.

Some of the benefits for cadets and students participating in The Citadel’s Pre-Health Society and Alpha Epsilon Delta, The Health Preprofessional Honor Society, include:

  • Discounted prep programs paid for with regular tuition (or GI Bill funds for veteran students)
  • Scholarships
  • Research opportunities
  • Mentor and job shadowing matches
  • Healthcare study abroad service experience
  • Organized and vetted volunteering opportunities

“These opportunities are carefully curated for the cadets and students to make their path to medicine a direct one,” Imam said.

Read about other Corps alumni who are successfully entering medical service below and here.

2nd Lt. Bennett Lucas, ’22, a U.S. Air Force-funded medical student

His service to others while a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets included serving as Alpha Company Commander. Now, 2nd Lt. Bennett Lucas’s service to country is getting underway as the recipient of a coveted Air Force Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP) slot. The program covers his tuition at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine: Columbia along with living expenses, with his commitment to serve as a medical officer for at least four years after that.

Lucas’s classmate, Cadet Olivia Hime, also bound for medical school, asked him and their peer, Malcom Jackson (below), a few questions about their experiences to date.

Cadet Bennett Lucas, The Citadel Class of 2022

Where are you from?

I am from Lexington, South Carolina. The most unique part of Lexington is that it has the “small-town” feel, but is close to the capital city of Columbia, as well as being a short drive to the beach or to the mountains. My family had land growing up and raised horses and chickens, so there was always plenty of work to be done as a kid.

What was the best part of being a cadet at The Citadel?

I think the best part of being a cadet is the relationships that you build. Whether it is with classmates or faculty members, The Citadel’s campus community is a really close one. This unique aspect has helped me in countless ways.

What inspired you to pursue a career in medicine? What do you plan to specialize in?

I decided to pursue medicine after an introductory Health Science course in high school. Since then, I have shadowed and had internships with many physicians who have guided me in pursuing this career path. I want to be a physician simply because I love people.

During my junior year as a First Sergeant in Sierra Company, a cadet fell over a third floor railing onto the quad. She was in my company, and I was one of the first people to rush to her side. Along with a few other cadets, we were able to stabilize her, and I called for an ambulance. I followed her to the hospital and stayed in the waiting room of the ER until her parents were able to meet us there. It was one of the most traumatic and impactful experiences I have had in my life and pushed me to continue pursuing a career as a physician.

I think medicine is one of the most humbling professions, and I’m excited at the prospect of building relationships and serving those around me. I plan on specializing in either cardiovascular or general surgery. I want to use my hands to serve those in critical need.

What is the hardest obstacle you overcame at The Citadel? In your journey to practice medicine?

The hardest obstacle I overcame while at The Citadel and in my journey to practice medicine was taking the MCAT. I took the test for the first time in January of my junior year. I didn’t put nearly enough time into preparing for the exam and my score reflected that. It was a huge setback and made me really question whether I had what it took to get into medical school. I used that experience as a motivator to study and prepare to take the MCAT again. After a second attempt, I scored high enough to get into medical school. What I thought would be a huge setback and obstacle turned into a motivator that I used to push myself toward success.

What do you like the most about the medical field? Is there anything you feel needs improvement?

I love that I can work hard to be prepared to help people who can’t help themselves. If I could change one thing about the medical field, it would be the medical disparities present in low-income areas. Especially in South Carolina, there are many places and people who don’t have access to sufficient healthcare. This should be considered a right, available to all regardless of socioeconomic status or class.

What is something you learned at The Citadel that you will take with you?

One thing I learned at The Citadel is that stress is artificial. Stress is an internal reaction to external factors, and it is up to you to decide whether or not you’re going to let things turn into stress.

What advice would you give someone following in your footsteps?

I would tell them to never stop putting yourself out there. Go for the positions of greater responsibility, apply for the internship you don’t think you’ll get and take chances. You’ll never be successful or achieve your highest potential unless you aim high. You’ll be amazed at the pieces that fall into place when you try. The worst that can happen is you get told no.

2nd Lt. Malcolm Jackson, ’22, Army nurse focused on caring for military families and veterans

Nursing Cadet Malcolm Jackson poses for a portrait in Stevens Barracks at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on April 12, 2021.

Tell us about your hometown

I’m from Bloomingdale, Georgia. It is a smaller city that is often overshadowed by its neighboring city, Savannah. Growing up in this area was unique in that it provided me with a diverse and geographically complex environment. Many athletic camps and summer programs I attended were hosted in the city of Savannah, while I grew up and attended school in the countryside.

What was the best part of being a cadet at The Citadel?

The best part of being a cadet at The Citadel was the challenges that I had to overcome to progress and grow my cadet career. I was raised to never quit and readily accept challenges, which often helped me develop my overall character, demeanor and discipline.

What inspired you to pursue a career in medicine? Are you planning to specialize in one area?

My family was the biggest influence on my career choice. My sister and my aunts were constantly beacons of success and happiness in their nursing careers. In my senior year of high school, I often visited and cared for my great-grandfather, which also pushed me to choose a medical profession that would have the most patient-practitioner interaction. I am grateful for the relationship I developed with my great-grandfather as a result of the care I provided him. This, along with the opportunities to learn and practice medicine, cemented nursing as my desired career of choice.

I plan on specializing in Psychiatry or Critical Care for active duty, veterans, their families and the surrounding communities. I understand that mental health is at a critical point in today’s society and we need support for our armed services. This is where I believe I can have a profound impact on people’s lives.

What was the hardest obstacle you overcame at The Citadel? In your journey to practice medicine?

The most difficult obstacle I overcame at the Citadel was my own complacency. My sophomore year roommate, along with my parents, motivated me to make the most of the opportunities provided at The Citadel. In my journey to practice medicine, the largest obstacle is the uncertainty that comes with inexperience and building confidence to an extent where you can actively recollect and apply knowledge from the classroom.

What do you like the most about the medical field? Is there anything you feel needs improvement?

What I like most is the ample opportunity to improve the lives of patients in different areas of healthcare practice. If there was anything to improve, that which is most important to me would be the regulation of nurse to patient ratio designed by governing boards of nursing professionals.

What is something you learned at The Citadel that you will take with you?

I’ve learned many concepts and takeaways that I’ve adopted into my way of thinking. Of these, I will always remember to lead without recourse. This means doing the right thing even when no one is looking and ensures a confident leader who will navigate morally and ethically through any adverse situation.

What is your next step?

After graduating from The Citadel I will study for my NCLEX and, after passing, proceed to my Basic Officer Leader Course in San Antonio, Texas. Ideally, I would like to be stationed in Washington D.C. to work at Walter Reed Hospital. I feel this would be a great learning opportunity and work environment.

What advice would you give someone following in your footsteps?

My only advice is to put your heart into everything you do. If you put your effort and care into your tasks, obligations or job, you will gain from it in one way or another. One of the most underappreciated gifts is often character development. We are growing as long as we live. Our only limit is what we place on ourselves.

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Honoring America’s newest military leaders https://today.citadel.edu/honoring-americas-newest-military-leaders/ Fri, 06 May 2022 17:19:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=32036 A wide shot of McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus during the Class of 2022 Joint Military Commissioning CeremonyA wide shot of McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus during the Class of 2022 Joint Military Commissioning Ceremony"The Citadel sets you apart from your future competition in life."]]> A wide shot of McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus during the Class of 2022 Joint Military Commissioning CeremonyA wide shot of McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus during the Class of 2022 Joint Military Commissioning Ceremony

The Citadel Class of 2022 cadets and students sworn in as officers in the United States Armed Forces

The United States has 180 new officers, members of The Citadel Class of 2022. The cadets and students were sworn in Friday, May 6, during a joint commissioning ceremony on campus in McAlister Field House, joined by their friends and family.

Among the cadets accepting commissions were The Citadel’s first U.S. Space Force officers, Conor William Deans and Jack O. Schwartz. Three cadets will be serving their country in the military as nurses. Many of the new officers will serve in cybersecurity, intelligence, as aviators or unmanned aircraft systems operators, as engineers, in nuclear operations, as combat, and surface warfare officers and in a variety of other military leadership roles.

The Citadel truly does make you a better individual. It teaches you lessons you would not be able to learn anywhere else. Discipline, pride in self, humility and dedication are just a few of the things that are developed in young individuals who take on the challenge that is The Citadel. It creates a solid foundation for the future by challenging cadets to be the best version of themselves.

2nd Lt. Angelea Lance, USA, Military Intelligence, The Citadel Class of 2022, from Flower Mound, Texas
Brig. Gen. David L. Odom, USMC, The Citadel Class of 1991, Commissioning Officer for The Citadel Class of 2022 Joint Military Commissioning Ceremony

By the numbers

The Citadel Class of 2022 new military officers include:

Air Force/Space Force20
Army 122
Marine Corps16
Navy22

2nd Lt. Steven Reisinger, USMC, from Millerstown, Pennsylvania, is heading to Quantico, Virginia. He will serve as a cybersecurity officer.

The Citadel sets you apart from your future competition in life. The interpersonal skills and morals you receive from your time here transform you into the kind of leader this country so desperately needs. And the friends you make here become family for life.

2nd Lt. Steven Reisinger, USMC, cybersecurity, The Citadel Class of 2022, from Millerstown, Pennsylvania

Watch a recording of The Citadel Class of 2022 Joint Commissioning Ceremony here.

Who they are

AbelLoganArmy Commissionee
AdamsDanielNavy Commissionee
AlejandroJuanArmy Commissionee
BainumErrettAir Force Commissionee
BealJasonAir Force Commissionee
BechtoldThomasArmy Commissionee
BinstockJaydonArmy Commissionee
BlaseChristianArmy Commissionee
BlaseJacksonArmy Commissionee
BohmConchettaArmy Commissionee
BossianJaydenMarine Commissionee
BradyAidanArmy Commissionee
BurkeColeArmy Commissionee
ButtleAustinNavy Commissionee
CampbellDavidArmy Commissionee
CardenteThorinNavy Commissionee
CarnesBrentonArmy Commissionee
CaseyWilliamArmy Commissionee
CerviJosephArmy Commissionee
ChristmasKathrynAir Force Commissionee
ClementRobertNavy Commissionee
ClohertySeanMarine Commissionee
CollazoSebastianNavy Commissionee
CongdonHunterArmy Commissionee
ConnerGrantArmy Commissionee
CookeJohnArmy Commissionee
CostelloSeanArmy Commissionee
CrawfordGavinArmy Commissionee
CribbJonathanMarine Commissionee
CrokerBenjaminArmy Commissionee
DaningerAaronAir Force Commissionee
DavisKalebNavy Commissionee
DeansConorSpace Force
DeazaOdalysArmy Commissionee
DesmoreJoshuaArmy Commissionee
DeveauKatlynArmy Commissionee
DiLiddoKyleArmy Commissionee
DiPaoloMitchellArmy Commissionee
DowningRyanArmy Commissionee
DrozeClarenceArmy Commissionee
DukesJacobArmy Commissionee
DulatIlyarNavy Commissionee
DulinMichaelArmy Commissionee
DupreeKyleArmy Commissionee
DuranFreddyArmy Commissionee
DureskyJacobAir Force Commissionee
DurhamDakotaMarine Commissionee
DysonWesleyArmy Commissionee
EafanoLukeAir Force Commissionee
EnglandZacharyMarine Commissionee
ErvinChaseAir Force Commissionee
ErvinSarahNavy Commissionee
FishEvanAir Force Commissionee
FloresIsabelArmy Commissionee
FolsomBrettAir Force Commissionee
FoustMatthewArmy Commissionee
GalindezJeanArmy Commissionee
GarmonDanielArmy Commissionee
GarwoodDallasArmy Commissionee
GasceyKeyshawnArmy Commissionee
GasqueGraysonNavy Commissionee
GerstenfeldSethArmy Commissionee
GhazalehDahrelAir Force Commissionee
GibbsJamesArmy Commissionee
GlecoCollinNavy Commissionee
GraettingerGarrettNavy Commissionee
GreenCodyMarine Commissionee
GriffinWilliamArmy Commissionee
GriffithCalebArmy Commissionee
GrnaNicholasArmy Commissionee
GuillermoSylvesterMarine Commissionee
HadleyRyanArmy Commissionee
HallTarynAir Force Commissionee
HamiltonTyMarine Commissionee
HarbaughJesseArmy Commissionee
HarperRyanMarine Commissionee
HartAlecArmy Commissionee
HearseyBryceMarine Commissionee
HerbertWilliamArmy Commissionee
HobbsWilliamArmy Commissionee
HolbrookMorganMarine Commissionee
HolcombeWilliamArmy Commissionee
HorvathMatthewAir Force Commissionee
HylandKalebArmy Commissionee
JacksonEthanArmy Commissionee
JacksonMalcolmArmy Commissionee
JeffcoatJamesAir Force Commissionee
JensenWilliamNavy Commissionee
JohnsonLaneAir Force Commissionee
JonesJohnArmy Commissionee
JudsonJoshuaArmy Commissionee
KerlegrandPrestonArmy Commissionee
KingRobertArmy Commissionee
KingmanGavinNavy Commissionee
KoethkeJacksonMarine Commissionee
KretzerKyleArmy Commissionee
LaRosaPaulArmy Commissionee
LanceAngeleaArmy Commissionee
LarsenJacobArmy Commissionee
LatimerEmoryArmy Commissionee
LaurencioChristopherArmy Commissionee
LawsonBrandonArmy Commissionee
LineweaverJonathanArmy Commissionee
LubangJosefinoArmy Commissionee
MaddenBanksArmy Commissionee
MakowskiMichealArmy Commissionee
MaloneyCollinArmy Commissionee
MarkusonBlakeArmy Commissionee
MartinCharlesMarine Commissionee
MartinHarrisonAir Force Commissionee
MaynardLukeNavy Commissionee
McBainDavidArmy Commissionee
McClainTristonArmy Commissionee
McCormickDavidArmy Commissionee
McGrathJohnArmy Commissionee
McNeillCurtisArmy Commissionee
MeetzeLukeArmy Commissionee
MichneJohnArmy Commissionee
MitchumBaileyArmy Commissionee
MordenChristopherArmy Commissionee
MotesLaurenArmy Commissionee
MoyerBrendanArmy Commissionee
NolanWilliamArmy Commissionee
NormanGrantArmy Commissionee
O’DeaDonovanArmy Commissionee
OelkersPaulNavy Commissionee
OlsenKamdenNavy Commissionee
Orozco-GarciaPabloArmy Commissionee
ParkNoahMarine Commissionee
ParkerBrandonArmy Commissionee
ParkhurstAndrewArmy Commissionee
PealGarrettNavy Commissionee
PeatrossJamesNavy Commissionee
PerezJustinArmy Commissionee
PerkinsEmilyNavy Commissionee
PhamKevinArmy Commissionee
PrathipatiAkhilArmy Commissionee
PriceJaretArmy Commissionee
PruittHayesNavy Commissionee
PuzzioAidanArmy Commissionee
Reyes TorresBrandleyArmy Commissionee
RhymerJonathonArmy Commissionee
RichardCameronNavy Commissionee
RobersonNicholasArmy Commissionee
RolandJosephNavy Commissionee
SchainblattJosiahAir Force Commissionee
SchwartzJackSpace Force Commissionee
SchwartzPhillipArmy Commissionee
SchwendAnthonyMarine Commissionee
SimoneJohnArmy Commissionee
SimunChristopherArmy Commissionee
SmithKyleNavy Commissionee
SordoLaurenArmy Commissionee
SpeerGrantArmy Commissionee
SpencerCodyArmy Commissionee
SpohnNicoleNavy Commissionee
StephensBenjaminMarine Commissionee
StoneNathanArmy Commissionee
StringerDavidMarine Commissionee
SwoffordDannyArmy Commissionee
TauntonJacobArmy Commissionee
TaylorBradyArmy Commissionee
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Jared W. Perdue, P.E., The Citadel Class of 2003, appointed as Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation https://today.citadel.edu/jared-w-perdue-p-e-the-citadel-class-of-2003-appointed-as-secretary-of-the-florida-department-of-transportation/ Wed, 13 Apr 2022 18:14:28 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31627 Secretary Jared Perdue The CitadelSecretary Jared Perdue The Citadel"To ascend to Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation 18-years after graduating from college is an amazing accomplishment."]]> Secretary Jared Perdue The CitadelSecretary Jared Perdue The Citadel

The Citadel School of Engineering alumnus selected after accomplishments leading large state projects

I’d like to congratulate Secretary Jared Perdue on his new appointment. To ascend to Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation 18-years after graduating from college is an amazing accomplishment, however, does not come as a surprise to me remembering Jared’s successful time here as a cadet and following his FDOT career since graduation in 2003. As a successful student-athlete and member of South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Jared always demonstrated great aptitude in civil engineering, especially in transportation courses. 

William J. Davis, PH.D., P.E.
Department Head and D. Graham Copeland Professor of Civil Engineering, The Citadel School of Engineering

As seen on flgov.com, April 7, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his appointment of Jared W. Perdue, P.E., as Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

Perdue has extensive experience with FDOT where he has served for nearly 18 years, and currently serves as District Five Secretary.   

“I am pleased to appoint Jared W. Perdue as Secretary of the Department of Transportation,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Secretary Perdue brings a wealth of knowledge and understands the unique aspects of Florida’s transportation industry. I am confident in his ability to lead FDOT and to continue to advance our transportation systems.”

“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as Secretary of FDOT,” said FDOT Secretary Jared W. Perdue.“I look forward to building upon Governor DeSantis’ mission for the Department.”

Jared W. Perdue, P.E., Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation 

Jared W. Perdue has served at FDOT for 18 years, most recently as District Five Secretary where he was responsible for leading and developing a workforce of nearly 600 employees and managing an annual budget of nearly $1 billion

As District Five Secretary, Perdue led the completion of the I-4 Ultimate Project, FDOT’s largest project to date. He also oversaw the Wekiva Parkway project, a model transportation project for environmental conservation.

Prior to his time at District Five, he served in several leadership roles within the Department. 

In 2003, Perdue received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston.

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2022 Palmetto Medal Award recipients celebrated at The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/2022-palmetto-medal-award-recipients-celebrated-at-the-citadel/ Mon, 11 Apr 2022 19:20:01 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31634 The Citadel Palmetto Medal recipients accept their awards during the Corps of Cadets military dress parade in March 2022The Citadel Palmetto Medal recipients accept their awards during the Corps of Cadets military dress parade in March 2022Established by the Board of Visitors, the award is presented to those whose service to the college or state is particularly noteworthy.]]> The Citadel Palmetto Medal recipients accept their awards during the Corps of Cadets military dress parade in March 2022The Citadel Palmetto Medal recipients accept their awards during the Corps of Cadets military dress parade in March 2022

Photo: (left to right) The Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79; Chair of the Board of Visitors Col. Dylan Goff, ’02; Vice Chair of the Board of Visitors Col. Peter M. McCoy Sr., ’74; Col. Thomas Philipkosky, USAF (Ret.), ’82; and Cadet Rivers Benton during the military review parade on March 26.

The Palmetto Medal Award recognizes exceptional performance reflecting great credit on The Citadel and the state of South Carolina. Established by the Board of Visitors, the award is presented to those whose service to the college or state is particularly noteworthy. Except for honorary degrees, the Palmetto Medal is the highest honor awarded by The Citadel.

Three individuals who embody the college’s definition of principled leaders were chosen for the honor this year. Members of the Board of Visitors presented two awards during the military review parade on March 26, having previously presented the third award during a meeting in February.

The citations for the three award recipients are below.

Cadet Lt. Col. Rivers Benton, ’22

Col. Peter M. McCoy Sr., vice chair for The Citadel Board of Visitors, presents the Palmetto Medal Award to Cadet Lt. Col. Rivers Benton on Summerall Field during Corps Day Weekend in March 2022.

Cadet Lt. Col. Rivers Benton has faithfully and dutifully served as chair of the Honor Committee for the Class of 2022 by innovatively pursuing accountability and integrity for himself, the committee and the Corps of Cadets. During his tenure, Cadet Benton oversaw the development of the position of vice chair for defense to safeguard due process and provide further resources and support for cadets. His steady demeanor helped to maintain morale and encourage adaptability during several key leadership transitions.

In addition to his service on regimental staff, Cadet Benton is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, and has been named to the Dean’s List or earned gold stars every semester.

A Business Administration major from Effingham, South Carolina, Cadet Benton made The Citadel proud when he won the writing award at the 2022 Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States Senior Military Conference for his submission on the intersectionality of honor and loyalty, two traits that he embodies.

For his steadfast devotion to integrity and commitment to his college, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to award Cadet Lt. Col. Rivers Benton the 2022 Palmetto Medal.

Col. Leonard Chelsey Fulghum Jr., ’51

Col. Leonard C. Fulghum Jr. after being awarded the Palmetto Medal in Bond Hall on Friday, February 25, 2022.

A member of the Class of 1951, Leonard Chelsey Fulghum Jr.’s vast experience in construction, hospital administration, banking, charitable fundraising and over 60 years of civic involvement have given him the acumen needed to become a leader at The Citadel and within the Lowcountry community.

Elected by The Citadel Alumni Association in 1978, Fulghum served on the Board of Visitors for over 24 years. His tenure was marked by great challenges and exceptional triumph. As vice chair and later chairman, he became a driving force who helped lead the college through several periods of turbulence into the 21st century.

Additionally, Fulghum spearheaded negotiations to secure the property for the John Monroe J. Holliday Alumni Center, acquire College Park and build the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, home of The Citadel Baseball.

For his loyalty and devotion to his alma mater and his generosity of spirit, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to award Col. Leonard Fulghum the 2022 Palmetto Medal.

Col. Thomas G. Philipkosky, USAF (Ret.), ’82

Col. Dylan W. Goff, chair for The Citadel Board of Visitors, presents the Palmetto Medal Award to Col. Thomas G. Philipkosky, USAF (Ret.), on Summerall Field during Corps Day Weekend in March 2022

Thomas G. Philipkosky served as a colonel in the United States Air Force and as a master navigator of aircraft such as the KC-135. He has been deployed on missions spanning the globe, including to Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, where he was vice commander of the 376 Air Expeditionary Wing. He retired from the Air Force in 2009 after 27 years of dedicated service to our country.

Col. Philipkosky then rose through The Citadel ranks to senior vice president for operations and administration, overseeing facilities, auxiliaries, technology services, compliance, human resources and project management. A Citadel Class of 1982 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Col. Philipkosky remains committed to his alma mater and has actively worked to improve it by supervising numerous facility endeavors, both operational and groundbreaking. During his 12-year tenure, he has earned the campus’s respect for being a skillful leader and a trusted colleague.

For his loyalty and devotion to his alma mater and his generosity of spirit, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to award Col. Thomas Philipkosky the 2022 Palmetto Medal.

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Andy Warlick, ’79, named 2022 Krause award recipient, addressing Corps of Cadets April 12 https://today.citadel.edu/andy-warlick-79-named-2022-krause-award-recipient-addressing-corps-of-cadets-april-12/ Thu, 07 Apr 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31514 Anderson D. "Andy" Warlick, a member of The Citadel Class of 1979Anderson D. "Andy" Warlick, a member of The Citadel Class of 1979An alumnus, lauded for his dedication to The Citadel mission of developing principled leaders and for his integrity as an executive in the global textile industry, is again being honored by his alma mater.]]> Anderson D. "Andy" Warlick, a member of The Citadel Class of 1979Anderson D. "Andy" Warlick, a member of The Citadel Class of 1979

An alumnus, lauded for his dedication to The Citadel mission of developing principled leaders and for his integrity as an executive in the global textile industry, is again being honored by his alma mater.

Anderson D. Warlick, a member of The Citadel Class of 1979, has served The Citadel Foundation and the college’s cadets, students and alumni with distinction in a variety of leadership positions for decades. He has been recognized by The Citadel on numerous occasions, including commencement 2009, when he received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree, and added to the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business Hall of Fame in 2004.

Now, Warlick is the 2022 recipient of the prestigious Krause Center Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership and Ethics.

“We are very proud to announce and recognize Anderson (Andy) Warlick, Class of 1979, as the 2022 recipient of the Krause Center for Leadership & Ethics award,” said Bill Krause, ’63, founder of the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. “Andy’s leadership as chairman and CEO of Parkdale Mills, a manufacturer of spun yarns with $2 billion in annual sales, is nationally recognized. His service to his community of Gastonia, North Carolina, is legendary. And finally, Andy’s contributions to The Citadel over the past 20-plus years are too long to list here, but it clearly puts him in the pantheon of our distinguished Citadel alumni.”

Warlick grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina, and graduated from The Citadel in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he worked for Milliken & Company before joining Parkdale Mills in 1984, where he currently serves as chairman and CEO.

Under his leadership, Parkdale Mills has become the world’s leading independent manufacturer of cotton and cotton-blend yarns, with 28 factories in North and South America. As a leader in the industry, Parkdale has earned a reputation for challenging conventional methods in order to provide best-in-class operational efficiency, machinery capabilities and technological advances.

Over the years, Andy has consistently invested his time, energy, and expertise in The Citadel through key volunteer leadership roles. He served The Citadel Development Foundation and, subsequently, The Citadel Foundation as director from 1994 to 2002, 2004 to 2012, and 2013 to the 2021; as Chair of the Development Committee from 2000 to 2002 and again from 2006 to 2010; and as secretary-treasurer from 1996 to 1997, vice president from 1997 to 1998, president of the Foundation from 1998 to 2000, and vice chairman from 2006 to 2010. During his terms as director, he has served on the Executive, Development, Investment, and Grants committees. He now holds Director Emeritus status at The Citadel Foundation.

Andy’s exemplary service to the Foundation likewise includes his membership on the Campaign for The Citadel Steering Committee and, more recently, his leadership as co-chairman of the Foundation for Leadership campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the college, which concluded in May 2018 having raised over $250 million toward its $175 million goal in celebration of The Citadel’s 175th anniversary.

Excerpt of nomination letter from The Citadel Foundation Chief Executive Officer, John P. Dowd III, Ph.D.

Warlick to provide Greater Issues address to the Corps of Cadets April 12

The Corps of Cadets will gather in McAlister Field House on Tuesday, April 12, to attend The Citadel’s spring Greater Issues Series address provided by Warlick.

He is expected to share reflections on life events that helped shape his leadership philosophies.

The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to engage cadets’ interest and knowledge in important topics of the day. Since it was established, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to Charleston and The Citadel.

Read more about Warlick in The Citadel magazine article, Made in America, here.

Anderson D. "Andy" Warlick, The Citadel Class of 1979
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From knob to nurse, Second Lt. Catherine Hill serves Charleston and America by living her dream https://today.citadel.edu/from-knob-to-nurse-second-lt-catherine-hill-serves-charleston-and-america-by-living-her-dream/ Wed, 23 Mar 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25354 2nd. Lt. Catherine Hill, The Citadel Class of 2021, receives her diploma at graduation from her father, Lt. Col. Rustin Hill, '90The Citadel Class of2nd. Lt. Catherine Hill, The Citadel Class of 2021, receives her diploma at graduation from her father, Lt. Col. Rustin Hill, '90The Citadel Class of"All nurses lead whether at the bedside, in the community, or at hospitals. Catherine Hill is most certainly doing that."]]> 2nd. Lt. Catherine Hill, The Citadel Class of 2021, receives her diploma at graduation from her father, Lt. Col. Rustin Hill, '90The Citadel Class of2nd. Lt. Catherine Hill, The Citadel Class of 2021, receives her diploma at graduation from her father, Lt. Col. Rustin Hill, '90The Citadel Class of

Photo above: Second Lieutenant Catherine Hill, The Citadel Class of 2021, receives her diploma at graduation from her father, Lt. Col. Rustin Hill, The Citadel Class of 1990, during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement ceremony in May 2021.

“I would choose The Citadel all over again”

For as long as she could remember, Catherine Hill wanted to be a nurse

That was how her story began at The Citadel, when Hill matriculated as a knob in August of 2017 from her home in North Garden, Virginia. She entered college with an Army scholarship and a declaration to major in nursing — military service, nursing and attending The Citadel, all traditions in her family.

Now, Second Lt. Catherine Hill, The Citadel Class of 2021, is living her dream. Like many in her family, she is serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. She is a a reservist for the Army Nurse Corps.

Hill’s fulltime role is serving young patients and their families as a nurse at MUSC Shawn Jenkin’s Children’s Hospital.

“While The Citadel is developing principled leaders, our nursing program is growing the next generation of nurse leaders,” said Lenora S. Horton, Ph.D., an instructor with The Citadel’s Swain Department of Nursing. “Second Lieutenant Catherine Hill clearly exemplifies the highly desirable traits of a leader who lives by the values of honor, duty and respect. All nurses lead whether at the bedside, in the community or at hospitals. Catherine is most certainly doing that.”

Catherine Hill, while a cadet, administering a COVID-19 vaccine to a member of The Citadel staff during a clinic at McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

After graduating, and while preparing for her nursing board examination, Hill took the time to answer these questions.

Q. What is the one thing you miss the most about The Citadel?

A. It goes without saying that The Citadel experience isn’t just about the place, it’s about the people that you get to see everyday. I will miss the memories I have made with all my friends and the endless laugher you can hear in the barracks of cadets enjoying their time together. I will miss all the people that I have become closer with nursing program and hope to see them again soon. 

Q. What do you miss the least about The Citadel?

A. I definitely do not miss 6 a.m. formations. 

Q. Who is the one person at The Citadel who had the most positive impact on your time here and why?

A. I would have to say that my brother 2nd Lt. Russ Hill (Rustin Hill II), who graduated in 2020, had the most positive impact on my time at The Citadel. Although he graduated last year, he taught me a lot throughout my time here at school. He taught me to stand up for myself and to never be ashamed of the person I am. He always looked out for me and was never afraid to stand up for me. I was fortunate enough to get to live in the same battalion as him, and because of that we now share so many memories that we will tell as we get older. The best advice he gave me was that if I could find humor and laugh at any hard situation in life that came my way, I would always win. 

Cadet Catherine Hill with her older brother, Russ Hill. Provided by Catherine.

Q. How has your mindset changed since studying, and then starting your career in nursing during one of history’s worst pandemics?

It was inspiring, especially, to watch my Mom working as a nurse during the pandemic while finishing my degree at The Citadel. If anything, the pandemic has made me love nursing even more. Nursing is truly a selfless career path. 

One of my top memories while training at The Citadel to become a nurse was helping people on campus during the pandemic. As senior nursing students we were honored to be asked to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. Our nursing instructor said it best, ‘we are making history getting to distribute the vaccine to the faculty and staff at The Citadel.’ As as a nation we patiently but anxiously waited for a vaccine to come out with the hopes that one day we would return to normal. Having the opportunity to administer the COVID-19 vaccine seems like a small role, however, it was truly an honor to be a part of the solution to this crisis.

2nd Lt. Catherine Hill, fall 2021

Q. What advice do you have for young people considering a nursing degree?

I have two pieces of advice to those who are seeking to pursue a nursing degree.

One. Make sure you are choosing to become a nurse because you genuinely love taking care of others not because of the pay. You will play a vital role in tough situations and you have to possess the ability to be empathic and put yourself in someone else’s shoes. It is incredibly challenging but also the most rewarding thing you will ever do. It truly is a blessing to stand by a patient’s side and watch as they make a full recovery and also be that person to hold their hand when they don’t.

My second piece of advice is to make friends with the other people in your nursing program. Nursing is collaborative and deals a lot with working alongside others. Becoming close with a group of your fellow nursing students will enhance your experience in nursing school through the tough times as well as learn to collaborate with others. I had had the ability to become very close with my nursing peers as there were only eight of us. We were a very tight group, taking the same classes and studying for tests together for four years. They have made this experience one that I will never forget and I am thankful for them. 

More about the Swain Department of Nursing

The Swain Department of Nursing expects to have 22 nurses graduating as part of the Class of 2022 on May 7. A traditional Nurse Pinning Ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. on May 5 at Summerall Chapel to honor the graduates and recognize their dedication toward completing their degrees and their commitment to serve as nurses in the future. The group will be addressed by Lt. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, USAF (Ret.), the former Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon.

The mission of the Nursing Program is to educate and develop cadets and students to become principled leaders in the healthcare environment and profession of nursing by incorporating The Citadels core values of honor, duty and respect into the learning experience.

For more information about studying nursing as a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, or as a non-cadet, evening undergraduate, please visit the Swain Department of Nursing web section here, email nursing@citadel.edu, or call (843) 953-1630.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at The Citadel is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Remembering Carmine Pecorelli, The Citadel Class of 1954 https://today.citadel.edu/remembering-carmine-pecorelli-the-citadel-class-of-1954/ Mon, 21 Mar 2022 17:42:44 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31333 Carmine Pecorelli Alumnus of the YearCarmine Pecorelli Alumnus of the Year“Carmine was so important to everybody. He was everybody’s best friend.” ]]> Carmine Pecorelli Alumnus of the YearCarmine Pecorelli Alumnus of the Year

96-year-old alumnus, known for his enthusiasm for life, entered The Citadel after serving in World War II at 25

It is with great sadness the Maine Citadel Club reports the passing of our friend Carmine Anthony Pecorelli, Class of ’54. The few brief paragraphs below can’t begin to paint the picture of his love for The Citadel, the country and for his fellow veterans. He will be missed by so many people that knew him and by the organizations he supported with endless energy.

The Maine Citadel Club

Carmine Pecorelli passed away peacefully on March 18, according to one of his sons, who said his father’s story is one that carries with it his father’s hardy laugh and big smile, for which he was known among many other things.

Pecorelli enlisted in the U.S. Navy on June 25, 1943, and went to Naval Training Station Sampson, New York. Upon completion of boot camp, Carmine served on the USS Dynamic AM-91 (Mine Sweeper) and then he was assigned to VFN-90, one of the first-night fighter squadrons. Carmine rose to the rank of Radarman Second Class and was honorably discharged from the Navy on June 27, 1946.

Pecorelli became a cadet at The Citadel at the age of 25 after returning from service in World War II and went on to serve in the Navy in Korea and Vietnam. In 2017 he was named Alumnus of the Year by The Citadel Alumni Association. He returned to his alma matter where he was honored with a military review parade dedicated to him during which he stood with then President of The Citadel, Gen. John W. Rosa, USAF (Ret.) ’73.

According to the award citation, Pecorelli worked to bring the Traveling Vietnam Wall to his local museum and served as one of the hosts while it was there. The citation also states that Pecorelli has raised funding for honor flights from Maine for veterans to go to Washington D.C. – the Honor flight Network provides transportation for American veterans to travel to the nation’s capital to view the memorials related to their service.

The Citadel 2017-18 Homecoming Parade honoring Mr. Carmine Pecorelli, Alumni of the Year, 2017, seen saluting in front.

Additionally, Pecorelli served as marshall for the Wreaths Across America annual caravan from Main to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. to place wreaths on graves. During one of his many trips there to honor America’s veterans, he was selected to place the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Pecorelli also placed wreaths on the graves of his Citadel classmates and on the grave of former Citadel president, Gen. Charles P. Summerall.

He was a life-long, highly active member of the Maine Citadel Club, near his home in Belfast, Maine.

Pecorelli’s full obituary, written by his son, Capt. Stephen Pecorelli, USA, can be read at this link.

Carmine Pecorelli, The Citadel Class of 1954 celebrating his 95th birthday in 2021 in Belfast, Maine. Provided by the Maine Citadel Club.

As seen in the Bangor Daily News

Belfast mourns World War II veteran who was ‘everyone’s best friend’

BELFAST, Maine — Carmine Pecorelli, a Belfast World War II veteran who was known for his bright smile and warm demeanor with everyone he met, died Friday at the age of 96.

His passing marks the end of an era at the Randall-Collins Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3108 in Belfast, where Pecorelli was the last surviving member who belonged to the “Greatest Generation.”

“He was the last one — that’s a big loss for us,” Jim Roberts, the post’s operations manager, said Friday. “Carmine himself is a big loss. He was so important to everybody. He was everybody’s best friend.”

Pecorelli, a dynamic presence at local parades, veteran’s events and school classrooms, was a real-life link to a storied American past that more and more people know about only from history books and movies.

He grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was always proud of his Italian-American roots. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Pecorelli, who was just 14, stood in line at the local recruiting station, one of thousands of Americans who were ready to fight for their country.

But he stayed in school until he was 16, when he dropped out to become a member of the New Jersey State Guard. The following year, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served as a petty officer on a minesweeper in the Battle of the Atlantic.

Although the war wasn’t easy, Pecorelli said last year that he and the other Americans were confident that the tides of history were on their side.

We knew we would win,” he said. “It’s that simple.”

When he got out of the Navy, the first thing he did was to go back to high school at age 21, Roberts said. Then he went to college at The Citadel in South Carolina before returning to the military. Pecorelli served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was in the Army Reserve during the Vietnam War, when he helped to train thousands of soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

As a civilian, Pecorelli had a public relations and marketing career in New Jersey. After he moved to Maine in 2004, he quickly became an important part of the community.

“He was a bright star in a small town,“ Belfast Mayor Eric Sanders said Friday. “He personified all that was good about our soldiers and how we should respect them.”

In 2017, Pecorelli was named alumnus of the year by The Citadel Alumni Association, which cited his efforts to bring the Traveling Vietnam Wall to a Maine museum, to raise funds for Honor Flight Maine, and his service as marshall for the Wreaths Across America annual caravan.

“During one of his many trips there to honor America’s veterans, he was selected to place the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” the award citation from The Citadel read. “After serving in three wars, Carmine continues a life of service to the country and the veterans that have given so much.”

There was just something about Pecorelli that made him special, according to Roberts.

“Whenever we were out in the community, doing something, everybody would be around Carmine,” he said.

A memorable moment happened when he and Pecorelli were both marching in the 2018 Maine Lobster Festival parade in Rockland.

“It was a huge parade, a mile and a half long. Carmine decided to stop and talk to somebody. The entire parade stopped. Nobody batted an eye,” Roberts said.

And even though his health had been failing recently, Pecorelli, who is survived by four children, still retained his spark.

“He would always light up a room, no matter what,” Roberts said. “Even at the very end, he still had his great big smile, and was still flirting with the nurses.”

Carmine Pecorelli’s funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 24 at Faith Temple Church on Lincolnville Avenue in Belfast. A viewing will be held from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at the Riposta Funeral Home in Belfast.

The Citadel 2017-18 Homecoming Parade honoring Mr. Carmine Pecorelli, Alumni of the Year, 2017, seen saluting, center.
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