Veterans – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Thu, 15 Sep 2022 20:30:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.5 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 Remembering Lt. Gen. Donald E. “Rosie” Rosenblum, ’51 https://today.citadel.edu/remembering-lt-gen-donald-e-rosie-rosenblum-51/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 20:30:05 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=33021 Retired Lt. Gen. Donald "Rosie" Rosenblum, U.S. Army, a member of The Citadel Class of 1951, passed away on Sept. 6, 2022.]]>

Retired Lt. Gen. Donald “Rosie” Rosenblum, U.S. Army, a member of The Citadel Class of 1951, passed away on Sept. 6, 2022.

Before graduating from The Citadel with a Business Administration degree, he was a member of the Junior Sword Drill and Summerall Guards and also served as Mike Company’s commander.

A life member of The Citadel Alumni Association, he also served on the Board of Directors for The Citadel Foundation — called “The Citadel Development Foundation” at the beginning of his first term — from April 1985 – April 1993 and again from Oct. 1997 – April 2005

Multiple children and grandchildren have followed in Rosenblum’s footsteps to join The Citadel’s Long Gray Line.

Rosenblum’s internment service will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at The Citadel’s Summerall Chapel and Columbarium.

Obituary from the Savannah Morning News

On Tuesday September 6th, surrounded by his loving children, Retired Lieutenant General Donald E. “Rosie” Rosenblum, of Savannah, Georgia passed away at age 93.

Rosie was born on June 3rd, 1929, in Flushing, NY and raised during the Depression in Hell’s Kitchen in New York. In 1948, he graduated from high school and followed his older brother, Bob, to college at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. His gregarious personality and self-confidence allowed him to thrive in its challenging environment. There, he played varsity baseball, commanded Mike Company, was a member of the Junior Sword Drill and Summerall Guards, was sports editor of the college paper, and a distinguished military graduate. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army and promptly deployed to lead an Infantry Platoon in the Korean War. For the remainder of his life, his experience at The Citadel and leading men in combat would be the foundation for his long and prestigious military career, post military success, and community involvement.

After returning from Korea, Rosie married his college sweetheart, Laura Maree, at the St. Catherine’s School for Girls Chapel in Richmond, VA. Rosie and Laura would go on to raise seven children and move 22 times in his 33-year Army career. Highlights of his Army career include commanding an Infantry Company in the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg NC and serving as a staff officer in Berlin, Germany when “The Wall” was built. He commanded 2nd Battalion 327th Airborne Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division and the 101st Division’s Support Command in Vietnam, giving the 2-327 the name “No Slack”, which still stands as their motto today. Between Vietnam tours, he graduated from the US Army War College and later served as the Executive Officer to the Army’s Director of Operations at the Pentagon. There, he received his first general officer star. It was this promotion that brought him to Ft. Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia – a region which would later become his home. He earned numerous awards, decorated for valor three times, earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge with a star for combat service in two wars, and was a senior rated paratrooper/jumpmaster. After retirement, the Officers and Soldiers of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division named him Honorary Colonel of the 327th Regiment.

In 1974, the Army Chief of Staff, General Creighton Abrams, selected Rosie to lead the Division’s reactivation and installation restructuring of the 24th Infantry Division at Ft. Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, GA. As a 46-year-old, newly promoted Brigadier General, he realized he needed to quickly strengthen the bond between the military and the local community. On the heels of the Vietnam War, this assignment was considered an extremely challenging one, but Rosie’s determination and exceptional leadership allowed him to rise to the task. His unwavering pursuit of excellence and professionalism, coupled with his quick wit, intellect, unswerving honesty, and love of Soldiers propelled him to the promotion of Major General and the command of the newly re-formed 24th Infantry Division. In the process, he developed lifelong friendships with State Senator Tom Coleman, Mayor John Rousakis, local engineer Roy Hussey, WTOC anchorman Doug Weathers, and WTOC General Manager Bill Cathcart.

Following command of the 24th ID, he served in various General Officer billets with his final assignment as a 3-Star General in command of First US Army at Ft. Meade, MD. When he retired from the Army in 1984, Rosie and Laura chose Savannah as the community they called home. Post retirement, Rosie worked with US Representative Bo Ginn, and began consulting for private defense contractors as well as serving as the chair of Savannah’s Metropolitan Planning Commission. In 1988 he formed Rosenblum and Associates and continued his consulting business for the next 32 years. While he never officially retired from business, he finally ceased consulting at the age of 90. In 1990 his alma mater, The Citadel, awarded him an honorary doctorate in Military Science.

In 2006, he married Nancy Terry Hooten and enjoyed his time exercising at the Islands YMCA, playing golf at The Savannah Golf Club, solving world issues with his 1 to 3 Club, and attending Monday luncheons with The Rotary Club of Savannah. He was an avid reader and was never without a library book after exhausting his own collection. He was a 50-year season ticket holder for his beloved Washington Redskins and loved his NY (baseball) Giants, even after they moved to San Francisco. Rosie continued to enjoy a strong connection with The Citadel, having two sons and two grandsons graduate, and one grandson currently attending. He consistently attended football games through his 92nd year and remained a dedicated member of The Citadel Alumni Association and The Savannah Citadel Club. As a community volunteer, he served on the boards of YMCA of Coastal Georgia, The Rotary Club of Savannah, Starbase Savannah, St. Andrew’s School, The Citadel Foundation, Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Savannah, among many others. He remained most proud of his seven children, fifteen grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren throughout his life, and was known for never missing a birthday.

He is pre-deceased by his parents, Colonel (retired) AJ “Jay” and Rose Rosenblum, and his brother Robert Rosenblum. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Hooten, and seven children from his marriage to Laura Rosenblum: Alice (Tom) McDonald of Athens, GA, Jay Rosenblum of Georgetown, TX, Nancy (Dennis Devito) Doelling of Atlanta, Carol (Tord) Norstedt of Athens, Sarah (Al) Jordan of Sumter, SC, David (Katherine) Rosenblum of Bluffton, SC, and Anne Patrick Moore of Mt. Pleasant, SC; fifteen grandchildren, Meredith (Ryan) Hruda and Claire (Andy) McLaughlin; Daniel (Ashley) Rosenblum, William (Samantha) Rosenblum, and Scott Rosenblum; Richard (Meg) Doelling, and Ross (Anne Gray) Doelling; Erik Norstedt and Karl Norstedt; Philip (Katie) Jordan and Harris Jordan; Davis (Jillian) Rosenblum, Carol Ann Rosenblum, and John Rosenblum; Madelyn Moore; and eight great-grandchildren, Watson and Rollins Hruda, Palmer McLaughlin, Reed, Jack, Mila, Sloane Rosenblum, and Wright Rosenblum.

Rosie’s memorial service begins at 2pm at Hunter Army Airfield’s Truscott Terminal, 1843 N Lightning Road, Savannah GA on Friday September 16th with a visitation and reception immediately following. The internment service begins at 2pm at The Citadel’s Summerall Chapel and Columbarium, 2 Avenue of Remembrance, Charleston SC on Saturday September 17th and performed by lifelong friend and spiritual advisor Father (retired Colonel) Frank Ziemkiewicz, Headmaster at Benedictine Military School in Savannah, who first met Rosie while serving as an engineer in the 24th Infantry Division in 1977.

In lieu of flowers, please send your donation to Benedictine Military School 6502 Seawright Drive, Savannah, GA 31406 or The Citadel Foundation 171 Moultrie St, Charleston, SC 29409.

Please visit www.foxandweeks.com to sign our online guestbook.

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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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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
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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
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DukesJacobArmy Commissionee
DulatIlyarNavy Commissionee
DulinMichaelArmy Commissionee
DupreeKyleArmy Commissionee
DuranFreddyArmy Commissionee
DureskyJacobAir Force Commissionee
DurhamDakotaMarine Commissionee
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ErvinChaseAir Force Commissionee
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FishEvanAir Force Commissionee
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GreenCodyMarine Commissionee
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NolanWilliamArmy Commissionee
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OelkersPaulNavy Commissionee
OlsenKamdenNavy Commissionee
Orozco-GarciaPabloArmy Commissionee
ParkNoahMarine Commissionee
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PealGarrettNavy Commissionee
PeatrossJamesNavy Commissionee
PerezJustinArmy Commissionee
PerkinsEmilyNavy Commissionee
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PriceJaretArmy Commissionee
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Reyes TorresBrandleyArmy Commissionee
RhymerJonathonArmy Commissionee
RichardCameronNavy Commissionee
RobersonNicholasArmy Commissionee
RolandJosephNavy Commissionee
SchainblattJosiahAir Force Commissionee
SchwartzJackSpace Force Commissionee
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SchwendAnthonyMarine Commissionee
SimoneJohnArmy Commissionee
SimunChristopherArmy Commissionee
SmithKyleNavy Commissionee
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SpohnNicoleNavy Commissionee
StephensBenjaminMarine Commissionee
StoneNathanArmy Commissionee
StringerDavidMarine Commissionee
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TaylorBradyArmy Commissionee
TeemsHunterAir Force Commissionee
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TompkinsCharlesArmy Commissionee
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VeraRogerArmy Commissionee
WalkerJeremyMarine Commissionee
WallBrianArmy Commissionee
WaltonSamanthaArmy Commissionee
WarnerWiltonArmy Commissionee
WeaverAziArmy Commissionee
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WhitlockBenjaminArmy Commissionee
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WilsonJonathanArmy Commissionee
WoodJeffreyArmy Commissionee
WoodsJoshuaArmy Commissionee
YoungbloodCooperArmy Commissionee
YtemJoseph BrandonAir Force Commissionee
ZeilstraJustinArmy 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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