Veterans – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Fri, 06 May 2022 18:16:51 +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 Veterans – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 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
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MarkusonBlakeArmy Commissionee
MartinCharlesMarine Commissionee
MartinHarrisonAir Force Commissionee
MaynardLukeNavy Commissionee
McBainDavidArmy Commissionee
McClainTristonArmy Commissionee
McCormickDavidArmy Commissionee
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McNeillCurtisArmy Commissionee
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MordenChristopherArmy Commissionee
MotesLaurenArmy Commissionee
MoyerBrendanArmy Commissionee
NolanWilliamArmy Commissionee
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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
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SpohnNicoleNavy Commissionee
StephensBenjaminMarine Commissionee
StoneNathanArmy Commissionee
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TaylorBradyArmy Commissionee
TeemsHunterAir Force Commissionee
TimmermanLukeArmy Commissionee
TompkinsCharlesArmy Commissionee
TremblayKarrinaArmy Commissionee
Van SlykeJosephArmy Commissionee
VeraRogerArmy Commissionee
WalkerJeremyMarine Commissionee
WallBrianArmy Commissionee
WaltonSamanthaArmy Commissionee
WarnerWiltonArmy Commissionee
WeaverAziArmy Commissionee
WeaverMatthewNavy Commissionee
WelshCamNavy Commissionee
WeyerCharlesArmy Commissionee
WhitlockBenjaminArmy Commissionee
WillmanFinnArmy Commissionee
WilsonJonathanArmy Commissionee
WoodJeffreyArmy Commissionee
WoodsJoshuaArmy Commissionee
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YtemJoseph BrandonAir Force Commissionee
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Advancing careers: certificates in intelligence analysis https://today.citadel.edu/advancing-careers-certificates-in-intelligence-analysis/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 17:40:34 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31812 woman on computerwoman on computerStudents in the Intelligence and Security Studies online program come from all over the country with a variety of backgrounds.]]> woman on computerwoman on computer

Identifying threats to the U.S.

By Barry Waldman for The Lowcountry Graduate Center

A young woman with a bachelor’s degree in the social sciences decided early in her career that what she really wanted to do was work in intelligence analysis for the federal government.

Intelligence analysis is the process by which information is collected on a potential enemy and analyzed to understand current operations, predict their behavior and determine any threats they may pose.

Courses completely online

The Citadel graduate certificate program in Intelligence Analysis is a five-course, asynchronous online program that introduces students to intelligence analysis concepts, applicable management principles, policy analysis, critical thinking and enhanced critical leadership skills necessary to successfully address security and intelligence challenges facing the United States.

By its nature, it is conducive to working professionals and military service member to pursue a graduate certificate without interrupting their careers.

As the Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel is uniquely positioned to offer this program, which serves for most students as a stepping stone to the full master’s degree program in intelligence analysis. With a certificate, a master’s degree student is nearly halfway through the curriculum.

All certificate students take the three core courses – Introduction to Intelligence, Intelligence Research and Analysis, and Intelligence Theory Application. A long list of electives provide context for the analysis techniques learned, in courses like Topics in Homeland Security, European History, Evolution of Military Leadership Thought, International Political Theory, and Russian Active Measures, to name just a sampling.

Dipping toes into academia

Larry Valero, Ph.D., head of The Citadel Department of Intelligence and Security Studies, says most students complete the certificate program in two or three semesters, but they have a couple of years to do so. Many students are working professionals in mid-career who haven’t attended college for years and need to dip their toes in academia before committing to a full master’s degree program. Once they have established their ability to juggle work, family and the rigors of graduate school coursework, most go on for the full master’s.

Students in the program come from all over the country with a variety of backgrounds, Valero said. Some are serving members of the armed forces, first responders like police officers and firefighters, some work in Homeland Security. Others work in completely unrelated fields and have no intelligence background whatsoever but are interested in a career transition.

Putin and Intelligence Analysis

Events today involving Russia and its western neighbors, and the intelligence community’s need to understand Vladimir Putin’s motivations and incentives, are testament to the urgency of intelligence analysis. The future of Eastern Europe could be at stake.

“Our field is very interdisciplinary, running the gamut of politics, people, and technology,” Valero said. It is so topical and timely, there is no limit to what can be applied to the field. We offer that additional background that analysts may need to know now and in the future.”

For more information on studying Intelligence and Security Studies with The Citadel email intel@citadel.edu.

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The Citadel’s online programs now ranked among top 5 in America in two categories https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadels-online-programs-now-ranked-among-top-5-in-america-in-two-categories/ Thu, 14 Apr 2022 19:59:21 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31530 College Consensus ranked The Citadel's online programs #2 in America for veterans and #5 in the nation for all students studying online.]]>

#2 in nation for veterans, #5 overall according to College Consensus

The convenient, flexible online programs offered by The Citadel are now ranked second in America for veterans by College Consensus, and #5 in the nation for all students studying online.

The college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews published its newest 50 Best Online Colleges for Veterans in late March.

The Top 5 Best Online Colleges for Veterans are:

  • University of Florida
  • The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina
  • University of Arizona
  • Western Carolina University
  • Saint Louis University

Additionally, that list ranks The Citadel as #18 in America for Best Colleges for Veterans, (attending in person).

The Citadel, also called the Military College of South Carolina, prides itself on its service to veterans in its mission to educate and develop principled leaders. Many members of the college’s faculty and staff are also veterans, including The Citadel President Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79.

College Consensus is one of numerous organizations to name The Citadel among the best in the nation for veterans. U.S. News & World Report, for example, has repeatedly ranked The Citadel high on its list of best options for veterans, giving the college the title of #1 Best Colleges For Veterans on their most recent list for regional universities, South.

According to College Consensus, over half a million military veterans turn to America’s colleges each year to expand their career options after service, much like Adrian Lorduy. A Navy veteran, Lorduy will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Intelligence and Security Studies from The Citadel in May.

Adrian Lorduy, U.S. Navy veteran, business owner, Class of 2022 Intelligence and Security Studies B.A. student

Lorduy founded a company called Buenavista Information Systems about two years ago. “We are a Service Disabled, Veteran-Owned IT management and support company that services both commercial and government entities,” he said in an email when asked to describe his work.

The Citadel’s online program has allowed me to continue and excel in my academic career while simultaneously allowing me to grow my company to new heights. The Citadel has been a blessing to my family, my company and myself through its healthy combination of academic flexibility and endless resources to assure veteran success.

Adrian Lorduy, U.S. Navy veteran, business owner, Class of 2022 Intelligence and Security Studies B.A. student

The Citadel has many flexible programs to meet the needs of veteran students who want to earn undergraduate or graduate degrees. Find out more here.

#5 in America for all students attending college remotely

The recent veteran education rankings were followed on April 6 with the announcement of the College Consensus 2022 Best Online Colleges and Universities list for all students attending college remotely.

The Top 5 Best Online Colleges and Universities are:

  • University of Florida
  • California State University-Chico
  • Appalachian State University
  • Boston University
  • The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina

Read about the methodology behind the College Consensus rankings here.

Online students at any level of study attend via The Citadel Graduate College (CGC), meaning it is a civilian program and they are not a part of the Corps of Cadets. There are more than 25 undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as graduate-level certificate programs.

Explore The Citadel’s online programs here.

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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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Dr. John Palms, ’58, honored by The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics https://today.citadel.edu/dr-john-palms-58-honored-by-the-citadels-krause-center-for-leadership-and-ethics/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 19:47:25 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30927 The South Carolina Corps of Cadets participates in awards review on Summerall Field in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, March 4, 2022. Credit: Cameron Pollack / The CitadelThe South Carolina Corps of Cadets participates in awards review on Summerall Field in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, March 4, 2022. Credit: Cameron Pollack / The Citadel"We are very excited to honor and recognize Dr. John Palms as the 2020 recipient of the Krause Center for Leadership & Ethics award..."]]> The South Carolina Corps of Cadets participates in awards review on Summerall Field in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, March 4, 2022. Credit: Cameron Pollack / The CitadelThe South Carolina Corps of Cadets participates in awards review on Summerall Field in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, March 4, 2022. Credit: Cameron Pollack / The Citadel

Palms, former president of the University of South Carolina, honored during his alma mater’s military review parade

Photo above, left to right: Dr. John Palms, The Citadel Class of 1958, recipient of the Krause Center Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership and Ethics, stands beside The Citadel Commandant of Cadets, Col. Thomas J. Gordon, USMC (Ret.), during the national anthem, to take review of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets military parade dedicated to Palms on March 4, 2022.

The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics at The Citadel strives to create opportunities for leadership development, in support of the college’s mission to education and develop principled leaders. Additionally, the Krause Center works to recognize outstanding principled leaders from within the ranks of Citadel alumni.

Due to a pandemic-forced pause in the schedule, Dr. John M. Palms was recognized as the 2020 recipient of the Krause Center Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership and Ethics during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets’ dress parade on campus March 4, 2022.

“We are very excited to honor and recognize Dr. John Palms as the 2020 recipient of the Krause Center for Leadership & Ethics award for his service as a military officer, nuclear scientist, professor and President of the University of South Carolina which is unparalleled among the list of distinguished Citadel alumni,” said Bill Krause.

Palms was nominated for the 2020 award by The Citadel Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer and by the Dean for the Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics in 2019.

It is my distinct privilege to present the nomination of Dr. John M. Palms, ’58, for the Krause Center Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership and Ethics. An internationally recognized scientist and academician, national security advisor, eminent educator and public servant, distinguished Citadel graduate, and tireless advocate for humanitarian causes, Dr. Palms exemplifies, to the highest degree, the ethos of the Krause Award and the essence of servant leadership. His is the story of a life well-lived, a man running to win the prize for the upward calling.

Darin T. Zimmerman, Ph.D., Dean of The Citadel Swain Family School of Sciences and Mathematics

According to Zimmerman’s nomination, Palms was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to the U.S. in 1951, becoming a citizen in 1956. He graduated with a degree in Physics from The Citadel as a distinguished Air Force ROTC cadet in 1958, receiving a commission into the U.S. Air Force (USAF). While on active duty with the USAF, Palms completed a master’s degree in physics, served as a nuclear weapons officer and taught physics at the Air Force Academy. After being honorably discharged in 1970, Palms completed a Ph.D. in physics and joined the faculty of Emory University, where he rose through the ranks, ultimately being appointed as the Charles Howard Chandler Professor of Radiation and Environmental Physics. Palms’ 23-year career at Emory was one of ever-increasing responsibility and leadership, culminating in his role as the university’s chief academic officer. This accumulated experience led to a two-year turn as president of Georgia State University, after which he accepted the invitation to become the 26th president of the University of South Carolina, a post which he served faithfully and fruitfully for 12 years.

Left to right: Col. Tom Clark, USMC (Ret.), Executive Director for the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics, congratulates Dr. John Palms, ’58, recipient of the Krause Center Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership and Ethics, on March 4, 2022, during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets military parade March 4 on campus in Charleston, South Carolina.

To complete his remarkably successful career, he presided as director of governing boards for several national corporations. He has scholarships named in his honor at Purdue University and Linn State Technical College, as well as a science research facility bearing his name at the University of South Carolina.

Jay Dowd, III, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, The Citadel Foundation

According to Dowd’s letter of nomination, Palms has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from several institutions of higher education, including The Citadel in 1980 and the University of South Carolina in 2002. He has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from two of the institutions from which he holds degrees—the University of New Mexico in 2003 and The Citadel in 2009. In 2002, he received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor bestowed by the State of South Carolina.

Other recipients of the Krause Center Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership and Ethics, which was initiated in 2011, include Col. Myron C. Harrington Jr., ’60; Lt. Gen. Mike Steele, ’67; Dr. Stephen Sittnick, ’77; Sen. Fritz Hollings, ’42; former Charleston major (now Citadel professor) Joseph P. Riley Jr., ’64; William B. Sansom, ’64; Gen. William W. Hartzog, ’63; W. Henry Johnson Jr., ’75 and Frank P. Mood, ’60.

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John M. Palms, Ph.D., The Citadel Class of 1958, recipient of the Krause Center Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership and Ethics, 2020.

Read the full letter of nomination from The Citadel Foundation Chief Executive Officer here.

Read the full letter of nomination from the Dean of the Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics here.

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Honoring Trailblazers – The Citadel celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first African-American female graduates https://today.citadel.edu/honoring-trailblazers-the-citadel-celebrates-the-20th-anniversary-of-its-first-african-american-female-graduates/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30738 Adrienne “AJ” (Watson) Crosby, Toshika “Peaches” Hudson-Cannon, Dr. Renee E. Hypolite, Natosha Mitchell Johnson, Jamey McCloud, Geneive “Hardney” Marshall and Lesjanusar “Sha” Peterson, pose for photos on Summerall Field in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, February 4, 2022.Adrienne “AJ” (Watson) Crosby, Toshika “Peaches” Hudson-Cannon, Dr. Renee E. Hypolite, Natosha Mitchell Johnson, Jamey McCloud, Geneive “Hardney” Marshall and Lesjanusar “Sha” Peterson, pose for photos on Summerall Field in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, February 4, 2022."Just looking at everything and the improvements that's been made. I'm glad to say I've been here."]]> Adrienne “AJ” (Watson) Crosby, Toshika “Peaches” Hudson-Cannon, Dr. Renee E. Hypolite, Natosha Mitchell Johnson, Jamey McCloud, Geneive “Hardney” Marshall and Lesjanusar “Sha” Peterson, pose for photos on Summerall Field in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, February 4, 2022.Adrienne “AJ” (Watson) Crosby, Toshika “Peaches” Hudson-Cannon, Dr. Renee E. Hypolite, Natosha Mitchell Johnson, Jamey McCloud, Geneive “Hardney” Marshall and Lesjanusar “Sha” Peterson, pose for photos on Summerall Field in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, February 4, 2022.

As seen in Carolina Panorama, by Nate Abraham

Photo above: Adrienne “AJ” (Watson) Crosby, Toshika “Peaches” Hudson-Cannon, Dr. Renee E. Hypolite, Natosha Mitchell Johnson, Jamey McCloud, Geneive “Hardney” Marshall and Lesjanusar “Sha” Peterson, pose for photos on Summerall Field in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, February 4, 2022. Credit: Cameron Pollack / The Citadel

Geneive Hardney Marshall did not plan to attend The Citadel after she graduated from high school in 1998.

“My mother forced me to come to the Citadel,” she said. “This was not my choice. And no, I was not a bad child. She signed me up and sent me on my way.”

Marshall did not know that her mother’s decision would lead to her making history when she became one of seven women who became the first African-American females to graduate from The Citadel in 2002. The women returned to The Citadel last Friday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their graduation.

“Going through The Citadel was tough, and even coming back I feel all the flashbacks are what I’ve went through and been through,” said Marshall. “But I’m glad to see that it changed and is changing for the better for the young ladies that are coming behind me. But this is surreal right now. Just looking at everything and the improvements that’s been made. I’m glad to say I’ve been here.”

Marshall said that she was glad that her mother sent her to The Citadel.

“I did not know that I will be making her proud right now,” said Marshall. “So if she was here, I will put her before me.”

Read the full story on Carolina Panorama here.

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The Citadel announces Class of 2022 commencement, nurse Pinning Ceremony speakers https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-announces-class-of-2022-commencement-nurse-pinning-ceremony-speakers/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 20:44:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30607 South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement 2018South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement 2018Stavridis led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, counter piracy, and cyber security.]]> South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement 2018South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement 2018

Corps of Cadets and Graduate College ceremonies to be held May 7

The Citadel will hold a commencement ceremony for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. Later that day, the ceremony for The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2022 will take place at 3:30 p.m. Both events will be held in McAlister Field House and full information can be found here.

Earlier in the week, on Thursday, May 5, the former Surgeon General for the U.S. Air Force will speak during the Nursing Graduation Candidates Pinning Ceremony.

Admiral James George Stavridis, USN (Ret.), to send off Corps of Cadets graduates

Admiral James Stavridis is Vice Chair, Global Affairs of The Carlyle Group and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation, following five years as the 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. A retired 4-star officer in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, counter piracy and cyber security. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009. Stavridis earned more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations in his 37-year military career.

Earlier in his military career he commanded the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet, winning the Battenberg Cup, as well as a squadron of destroyers and a carrier strike group – all in combat. In 2016, he was vetted for Vice President by Hillary Clinton and subsequently invited to Trump Tower to discuss a cabinet position in the Trump Administration.

Admiral Stavridis earned a Ph.D. in international relations and has published eleven books and hundreds of articles in leading journals around the world, including the recent novel “2034: A Novel of the Next World War,” which was a New York Times bestseller and “The Sailor’s Bookshelf: Fifty Books to Know the Sea”. His 2012 TED talk on global security has close to one million views. Admiral Stavridis is a contributing editor for TIME Magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News.

Claudius “Bud” Watts IV, ’83, to address The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2022

Claudius “Bud” Watts IV, The Citadel Class of 1983

Claudius E. Watts IV (“Bud”) is a private investor and founder of Meeting Street Capital, LLC.
Meeting Street Capital is a private investment firm focused primarily on early stage software
businesses based in the Southeast.

Watts also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of CommScope (NASDAQ:
COMM) and as a Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group. From May 2016 until May 2020, he served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Carolina Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: CARO), which was sold to United Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: UBSI) in 2020.

In addition to his current business activities, Watts serves as the Chairman of the Board of
The Citadel Trust and on the board of The Citadel Foundation, which together manage the
primary endowment funds and fundraising efforts supporting The Citadel. He also serves on the
boards of The Roper St. Francis Foundation and The Belle W. Baruch Foundation.

Prior to founding Meeting Street Capital, Watts was a Partner and Managing Director at The
Carlyle Group. He joined the firm in 2000, established its Technology Buyout Group in 2004,
and led it until 2014. He retired from the firm in late 2017. Watts led Carlyle’s investments
in and served on the Boards of technology companies CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM), SS&C
Technologies (NASDAQ: SSNC), Open Link Financial, Open Solutions, Freescale
Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL), and Jazz Semiconductor, as well as aerospace companies Firth
Rixon, Sippican, and CPU Technology.

Prior to joining Carlyle, Watts was a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions
group of First Union Securities, Inc. He joined First Union when it acquired Bowles Hollowell
Conner & Co., where he was a principal.

Before joining Bowles Hollowell, Watts served as a fighter pilot in the United States
Air Force. During his service, he was qualified as an instructor pilot in both the F-16 and A-10
aircraft and served in a number of leadership and operations management positions in the United
States and abroad.

Watts earned a B.S. in electrical engineering cum laude from The Citadel in Charleston,
South Carolina, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Lt. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, USAF (Ret.), former Air Force Surgeon General to speak at nurse Pinning Ceremony

Lt. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, USAF (Ret.), provided by the Air Force

The Class of 2022 Nursing Graduation Candidates Pinning Ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. on May 5 at Summerall Chapel. Addressing the graduates, along with their guests and the Swain Department of Nursing faculty and staff, will be Lt. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, USAF (Ret.).

Prior to retiring from military service, Hogg was the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon and also served as the first Surgeon General of the U.S. Space Force. In those roles she served as advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force, the Air Force Chief of Staff, the Space Force Chief of Space Operations and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs on matters pertaining to the medical aspects of the air expeditionary force and the health of Airmen and Guardians

Hogg committed resources worldwide for the Air Force Medical Service, to make decisions affecting the delivery of medical services, and to develop plans, programs and procedures to support worldwide medical service missions. She exercised the direction, guidance and technical management of a $6.1 billion, 44,000-person integrated healthcare delivery and readiness system serving 2.6 million beneficiaries at 76 military treatment facilities worldwide.

Prior to that assignment, Hogg was as Deputy Surgeon General and Chief, Air Force Nurse Corps, Office of the Surgeon General, Falls Church, Virginia. She entered the Air Force in 1984 and has commanded at the squadron and group level, and served as the Deputy Command Surgeon for two major commands. She was deployed in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

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SFC Kenneth Greene, one of the heroes of The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/sfc-kenneth-greene-one-of-the-heroes-of-the-citadel/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 17:07:32 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30177 Sergeant First Class Kenneth Greene, USA (Retired) poses for a portrait at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, January 24, 2022.Sergeant First Class Kenneth Greene, USA (Retired) poses for a portrait at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, January 24, 2022.By Cadet Olivia Hime, Regimental Public Affairs NCO Photo above: SFC Kenneth Greene, USA (Ret.), ’09, poses for a portrait on Summerall Field at The Citadel in January 2022. As]]> Sergeant First Class Kenneth Greene, USA (Retired) poses for a portrait at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, January 24, 2022.Sergeant First Class Kenneth Greene, USA (Retired) poses for a portrait at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, January 24, 2022.

By Cadet Olivia Hime, Regimental Public Affairs NCO

Photo above: SFC Kenneth Greene, USA (Ret.), ’09, poses for a portrait on Summerall Field at The Citadel in January 2022.

As Regimental Public Affairs NCO, part of my job is to help communicate what I believe are some of the advantages a cadet experience here at The Citadel provides. To me it is largely the people on campus, many of whom are veterans, who make such a difference.

There are a lot of heroes at The Citadel in my opinion. One of them is Sergeant First Class Kenneth Greene, USA (Ret.). He is the Operations and Training NCO here. Additionally, SFC Greene is the tactical officer for The Citadel Rifle Legion Drill Team.

After serving in and then retiring from the Army, he came to work at The Citadel in 2006 as a member of the Commandant’s staff. He also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health Exercise and Sport Science in 2009 as a veteran student and staff member here.

I selected SFC Greene for this article based on his leadership style and his involvement on campus.

OH: Where did you grow up?

KG: I grew up right outside Philadelphia in a small town called Chester, Pennsylvania. It is exactly 20 minutes from the Philadelphia airport. Back then, people migrated up there because they were steelworkers. My mom was down in North Carolina, but there were no jobs there. So, at the time everyone was moving and Chester is where we settled.

OH: Do you have any siblings?

KG: Two sisters. I am not the oldest. I have one little sister who is back home and I have a baby sister in Virginia.

OH: Family seems important to us both. Do you know of any hardships your parents faced? Do you think you shared any with them?

KG: Back in the day, our parents always provided for us — we did not realize it until we got older — as far as food and clothing and the basics. Now it seems every time you go to a store there are things you want: I want this, I want that. It was not really like that when I was growing up and it was the same for my parents.

A prime example: when you had a pair of jeans and you had got a hole in those jeans, you put a patch over it, you didn’t just go buy another pair. Another example is that when we came home from school, we took our school clothes off and put on our play clothes. We had to take care of what we had.

It was the same thing for church. When you came home, you had to take off your church clothes. Also, there was not any riding bicycles, washing cars or playing outside on Sundays. That was the Lord’s Day, as our folks would say back then. I still hold true to those values and practices.

SFC Kenneth Greene, USA (Ret.), ’09, in 2017, inspecting cadets before Parents Weekend

OH: Who inspired you the most when you were young?

KG: I had some teachers who did, but overall I would say my mom. Everything I wanted, I had to go through my mother. You saw how hard she worked. Every parent wants their child to be better than they were. That stuck in my mind.

You really do not see the big picture until you leave the house as a young adult. Everyone always says, ‘I cannot wait to leave the house and be on my own.’ And to that I always say, ‘Be careful what you ask for.’ Nobody told you about bills, insurance, paying for electricity and things like that. We’re like a horse sometimes when we are in a small town family…blind to much of what’s around us until the blinders come off.

OH: Tell me more about your family?

KG: My wife, Sylvia, worked in Bond Hall for over 20 years, was the Registrar for The Citadel, and now she is fully retired. I met my wife right here on campus. We have one son and one granddaughter who goes to private school in the area.

I was still in the army when we had my son. I was always gone, so a strong foundation was important. I wish I could have been around more to guide him, but my main goal was to provide and put food on the table. My granddaughter is 11 years old and will be 12 soon. She comes to The Citadel football games and she plays tennis.

OH: What made you want to enlist in the United States Army? What have been some of your favorite experiences?

KG: It helped me pay for loans and got me away from home. Looking back, I have no regrets. I would do it all over again. Traveling, meeting a lot of new people around the world.

I have been to so many places including France, Germany. Korea was cold; it was rough. I had three tours in Korea. My last one was at the DMZ, which was eight miles from the border. I was in Camp Greaves. If anyone knows anything about Camp Greaves…the barracks at The Citadel close at 2300…there, when the bridge closes, you are not coming across until it opens back up. Spain, France, and some other parts of Europe were the best places I have been military wise.

When I first joined, I saw a lot of seasoned men who had been to combat. I thought, ‘Man, I would sure like to go to combat.’ I tell people that it is not what you think it is. Some things I can talk about today and others I cannot. In all, it was a good experience and I would go through it again. I would not change anything at all. I am happy where I am now

OH: What were your first few weeks in the military like when compared to your last year in the Army?

KG: Both were challenging. In the first few weeks, I was excited, young and eager. You put your life on the line several times and you stop thinking about tomorrow. It was a big adjustment

The last year, I was like, ‘Man, my career is coming to an end.’ You never think about taking the uniform off because you tend to think you will be in the military as long as you can. The next thing you know, when it is time to hang the uniform up, you think ‘What am I going to do now?’

OH: What brought you to The Citadel?

KG: I was at Fort Jackson near Columbia, South Carolina, and worked at the hospital. I had put my retirement papers in and I was looking for several different jobs. I had put in for highway patrol and had gone through the whole process and got accepted. I went to the academy in July and graduated one week before Thanksgiving. They asked me where I would like to be stationed and work. I said Charleston and they said, ‘Perfect, we are looking for highway patrol in that area.’ Two weeks before I had applied for that, I had applied for the operations job here at The Citadel. I came for an interview and it went well. They called and offered me the job. I retired in May and started here at The Citadel in February.

SFC Kenneth Greene, USA (Ret.), ’09, in 2017, inspecting cadets before Parents Weekend

OH: What inspires you about working here?

KG: The people and especially the cadets. You want to mold them, so that they see no downfalls. You don’t want them to make the same mistakes as you. I like to help guide them so they don’t leave and realize they should’ve done things differently while a cadet. You’ll realize many of the benefits later, especially if you have a family of your own.

OH: What colleges did you go to? What inspired you to go there?

KG: I went to Hampton University and then to The Citadel. I chose The Citadel after looking at alumni and their strengths. When being in the military, you never know who you are going to run into. Some people who had graduated from here told me I should think about going to The Citadel. One of them was Lt. Col. Gerhart. His son is actually here now.

Here at The Citadel there is a really good opportunity to train through the ranks. My advice is to go ahead and get your education when you can, that way you will be more marketable when you get out. That’s a true statement. It makes a difference. You have to make a living — so if you are eager, and no matter how old or young you are, you have to stay focused and get a good education.

OH: Do you think the people that have influenced you have changed as you’ve aged? Is there anyone in the army, or others whose leadership impressions stayed with you?

KG: In the military, when you come in as an enlisted member, you are always are trying to reach a certain goal and say, ‘I am trying to be like that person.’ You always have some good leaders and some bad leaders. You try to follow that one person. The person that sticks out in my mind is MSG Merritt. He was my main supervisor and I was always trying to emulate him and wanted to be just like him.

SFC Kenneth Greene, USA (Ret.), ’09, directing incoming cadet-recruits on Matriculation Day for the Class of 2025 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, August 14, 2021.

OH: What is your biggest accomplishment?

KG: Retiring from the military and coming back in one piece. I met a lot of people that didn’t get that. I would have given my life, if need be. That is a hard realization for some. You come back and see some friends that are still not in the right mind or on medication. Sometimes it’s hard to see.

We still keep in contact, a pack of us. You see, with age, your friends wear down. They develop health issues like heart problems or are on dialysis. I told people that when I am retired, they’ll never see me on a military installation. I’ve only been back to Fort Jackson a few times.

OH: Where do you see yourself in five years?

KG: Perhaps retired. Traveling more, golfing and relaxing. Life is too short. A tomorrow isn’t promised at all. Here, when a class graduates, you’ll never seem them as a whole again. Once they leave, life takes them.

When I retire, I will be a little sad and I will miss the conversations I have with cadets. I will miss the good and the bad people. I will miss the routine and life that exists here at The Citadel.

2nd Lt. David Days, ’19, received his first salute as a USAF officer after being commissioned from SFC Kenneth Greene, USA (Ret.), ’09, a beloved Citadel instructor, in 2019

OH: What advice would you give to your younger self?

KG: Save your money. Stop buying CDs. Go hang out with your friends more. Invest more. When you are in your 50s, you want to make sure that you can walk away debt free.

What do you think the future holds for The Citadel?

I think it is a great institution with a lot of promising leaders. If you look at the leadership that has been through here, you see each class takes it to a certain level then moves out of the way for the next wave of leaders to develop it even further.

About the author

Cadet Olivia Hime is from Holly Springs, North Carolina, near Raleigh. She is a junior and a member of The Citadel Honors Program. Hime is majoring in Biology with a minor in Leadership. She has repeatedly earned gold stars and positions on the President’s and Dean’s Lists for academic excellence.

Cadet Olivia Hime, ’22, Regimental Public Affairs NCO

Hime is a member of numerous organizations on and off campus, including The Citadel African American Society. She serves as the Scalpel Reporter, which is the official Alpha Epsilon Delta honor society journal. Hime enjoys volunteering in the community and playing basketball.

Hime will graduate one year early, in May 2022, and plans to attend medical school to become a physician.

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Col. Cardon Crawford, USA (Ret.), ’83, now senior vice president for The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/col-cardon-crawford-usa-ret-83-now-senior-vice-president-for-the-citadel/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 16:03:06 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30408 Col. Cardon Crawford The Citadel headshot in uniformCol. Cardon Crawford The Citadel headshot in uniform"Col. Cardon Crawford’s proven abilities as a military commander and strategist...make him ideally suited to oversee the daily operations of The Citadel."]]> Col. Cardon Crawford The Citadel headshot in uniformCol. Cardon Crawford The Citadel headshot in uniform

Announcing several administrative position changes at the Military College of South Carolina

Col. Cardon Crawford, USA (Ret.), is now the third-highest ranking official within The Citadel administration, filling the senior vice president of operations and administration role.

Crawford, a member of The Citadel Class of 1983, reports directly to The Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret)., ’79, and is responsible for the oversight and direction of the day-to-day operations of the college.

In addition to his duties as senior vice president for operations and administration, Crawford will continue serving the college as director of government affairs, the position he held previously. Crawford will also continue to lead The Citadel’s Crisis Action Team. He served as the head of the college’s Army ROTC Palmetto Battalion detachment earlier in his career.

Col. Cardon Crawford, USA (Ret.), ’83, The Citadel Senior Vice President of Operations and Administration

“Col. Cardon Crawford’s proven abilities as a military commander and strategist, combined with his deep understanding of the college’s culture and mission, make him ideally suited to oversee the daily operations of The Citadel,” said Walters.

Before joining his alma matter in leadership roles in 2007, Crawford served as an officer in the U.S. Army for 24 years. He was deployed during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom, where he served as the joint director of operations for the Afghanistan theater of operations.

Crawford is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College. He holds a master’s degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the National War College. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Citadel.

Crawford is joined by Lori Hedstrom who serves as his executive assistant, in addition to maintaining her administrative role with The Citadel Board of Visitors. Hedstrom has worked at the college since 2013, initially serving as director of executive events then as special assistant to the president for board matters. 

Lind, ’91, named chief of staff

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CDR William “Bill” Lind, USN (Ret.), ’91, The Citadel Chief of Staff

Entering his sixth year on campus, Commander William “Bill” Lind, USN (Ret.), is now serving as the college’s chief of staff.

Lind, a member of The Citadel Class of 1991, previously served as director of executive operations and will continue to fulfill those responsibilities. He now oversees internal campus operations including the Institutional Planning Council, Office of Institutional Compliance and Department of Public Safety, working closely with related stakeholders across campus.

Lind served in the Navy from 1993 to 2011 as an F-14 Tomcat Fighter flight officer, a flight instructor and a Carrier Air Wing strike operations officer, eventually becoming the operational test coordinator for the F/A-18AD Hornet and F/A-18E-F Super Hornet.

Philipkosky, ’82, retires from the college

Col. Tom Philipkosky, USAF (Ret.), ’82, speaking during the dedication ceremony for The Citadel War Memorial in 2017 on campus in Charleston, South Carolina

Col. Thomas G. Philipkosky, USAF (Ret.), who is a 1982 graduate of The Citadel, retired from the position of senior vice president for operations and administration at the college in December.

“The Citadel is grateful for the years of service Col. Philipkosky provided as a key member of the college’s administration,” said Walters. “We wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Philipkosky retired from the Air Force in 2009 after 27 years of service. He then joined The Citadel as executive assistant to the president, followed by serving as associate vice president for operations. Philipkosky was promoted to senior vice president for operations and administration in 2015.

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Reuniting after 20 years: The Citadel’s first female African American graduates to be honored on campus https://today.citadel.edu/reuniting-after-20-years-the-citadels-first-female-african-american-graduates-to-be-honored-on-campus/ Mon, 31 Jan 2022 20:18:54 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30263 Class of 2002 The Citadels first African American women cadets to graduateClass of 2002 The Citadels first African American women cadets to graduateThe Citadel African Alumni Association brings the seven women together to be honored Feb. 4 at parade Photo above: The first female African American cadets to graduate from The Citadel]]> Class of 2002 The Citadels first African American women cadets to graduateClass of 2002 The Citadels first African American women cadets to graduate

The Citadel African Alumni Association brings the seven women together to be honored Feb. 4 at parade

Photo above: The first female African American cadets to graduate from The Citadel posed for a photograph in May 2002.

The commencement of the Class of 2002 marked a milestone for The Citadel. The first African American women cadets graduated that year, seven in all.

Now, 20 years later, the seven are expected to reunite on campus, invited by their alma mater and by The Citadel African American Alumni Association (CA4). They will be honored at parade and during a reception hosted by the President of The Citadel on Friday, Feb. 4.

Each February, in honor of Black History Month, one of the Corps of Cadets’ military dress parades is dedicated to the legacy of the college’s first African American graduate, Charles Foster. This year, that parade will also celebrate the 20th graduation anniversary of the first seven African American female cadets.

Adrienne (Watson) Crosby, The Citadel Class of 2002, with her husband and their six year old twins, Adrian (left) and Alex. Photo provided by the family.

“I am looking forward to seeing my classmates from 2002 on campus, having not seen or been in contact with most of them since graduation,” said Adrienne “AJ” (Watson) Crosby. Crosby, who lives in High Point, North Carolina, says she is bringing her mother, husband and twin 6-year old sons for the event.

Adrienne (Watson) Crosby, ’02, in a photograph she provided of her in scrubs now working as Registered Nurse at a children’s hospital in North Carolina.

Crosby, who was Hotel Company platoon leader and a volleyball player while a cadet, earned a commission as an Army officer just before graduating in 2002. She was deployed to Haiti, Nicaragua and Iraq, ascending to the rank of Major before leaving military service in 2015 to stay home with her twins when they were born, and to start nursing school, enabling the family to accompany her husband on deployment until his retirement as Special Agent with the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Services, in December 2021.

Crosby completed her second undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, in 2020. She now works as a Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

“It will be exciting to discover the many things we’ve all accomplished over two decades,” Crosby added.

The names of the seven 2002 alumni being honored at 3:45 p.m. on Feb. 4 on Summerall Field include:

  • Adrienne “AJ” (Watson) Crosby
  • Toshika “Peaches” Hudson-Cannon
  • Dr. Renee E. Hypolite
  • Natosha Mitchell Johnson
  • Jamey McCloud
  • Geneive “Hardney” Marshall
  • Lesjanusar “Sha” Peterson

Several of the alumnae serve on boards or task forces related to the college and are active in CA4 and other organizations supporting The Citadel.

Toshika “Peaches” Hudson-Cannon, for example, who was a Psychology major and cadet-athelte while in the Corps, serves on The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board. Hudson-Cannon, who has worked as teacher, coach and Athletics Director, lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband Dan and their three children, Aydan, Kaylen and Kyleigh.

Hudson-Cannon and her family came to campus last November for the dedication of a portrait honoring Foster, ’70, and the second African American cadet to graduate, Joseph Shine, ’71 that was held at the Daniel Library.

Photo credit: Dr. Andrew Williams, Dean for The Citadel School of Engineering, seen at right. Text from Williams’s LinkedIn post below.

The parade in honor of the 2002 women is open to the public. The related reception is open to all members of the campus community, but not to the general public.

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