Marines – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Tue, 30 Jun 2020 19:06:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Marines – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Passing the Trident: 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Change of Command from Col. Robert Brodie to Col. Michael Nakonieczny https://today.citadel.edu/passing-the-trident-31st-marine-expeditionary-unit-change-of-command-from-col-robert-brodie-to-col-michael-nakonieczny/ Fri, 03 Jul 2020 10:00:15 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17074 Col. Robert Brodie is a member of The Citadel Class of 1994 and the departing commanding officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.]]>

Photo: Col. Robert Brodie, right, a member of The Citadel Class of 1994 and the departing commanding officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Col. Michael Nakonieczny, the oncoming commanding officer of the 31st MEU stand in front of the U.S. and unit colors at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 25, 2020.

As seen on Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, by Capt. George McArthur

The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit passage of command from Col. Robert Brodie to Col. Michael Nakonieczny took place at a private event due to COVID-19 force health protection measures, here, June 25. Brodie, a career F/A-18 Hornet Naval Aviator, is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and attended The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Nakonieczny, a career Light Armored Reconnaissance Officer is from Buena Park, California, and attended the University of California at Davis.

Over Brodie’s two years in command of the 31st MEU, the unit completed four full unit-deployment cycles including training, exercises, and real-world operations throughout the Indo-Pacific region. The 31st MEU continuously operated with combined forces throughout Japan, in the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of the Philippines, Australia, and other allied nations often with the Navy’s Amphibious Squadron 11 aboard ships of the USS Wasp (LHD 1) and USS America (LHA 6) Amphibious Ready Groups. Additionally, the 31st MEU trained as far east as Hawaii, and provided Defense Support of Civil Authorities in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Rota and Tinian in the wake of Typhoons Mangkhut and Yutu, September through November 2018.

Before he passed responsibility of command, Brodie thanked all members of the unit and reflected on his experiences at the only continuously forward-deployed MEU in the Marine Corps.

“We have done a lot of innovative things, I think it has prepared this MEU to respond to crises whether high-end or helping people out,” said Brodie. “I have watched and been inspired by our young Marines – I have seen the best that they have to offer. They have absolute pride, spirit, dignity, and what I have seen out of them and their leadership is overwhelming in accomplishments and achievements. That is where I’m most proud: to be part of an organization which I believe is based in respect and dignity, and inspiring others to be great. I personally believe that the best weapon system that the Marine Corps has is not a rifle, not a tank or airplane, but a United States Marine. Every one of those Marines is a lethal weapon ready to deploy and stand up at a moment’s notice. I could not be happier to turn this great organization to such a great man and his family, to Col. Nakonieczny.”

At the conclusion of the change of command, Nakonieczny expressed appreciation to all Marines that he has worked with throughout his career, while welcoming the challenges to come.

“To the Marines of the 31st MEU, I have watched you with great enthusiasm and I am so eager to join your team,” said Nakonieczny. “Colonel Brodie, I have watched you take it to the next level. I vow to you that I will do my best to exploit the initiative that you have set for this MEU, and I will love these Marines like my family. To those of you in attendance, it is my honor to be here today, and to the team that I am joining, I am so excited and I cannot wait to earn my spot on your team; I will. Semper Fidelis.”

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The Citadel Space Star sets his sights on the moon https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-space-star-sets-his-sights-on-the-moon/ Wed, 06 May 2020 14:48:53 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16182 Randy Bresnik, '89, currently serves in the astronaut office for exploration at Johnson Space Center, helping lead the Artemis 3 mission to the moon in 2024.]]>

Veteran NASA astronaut, Col. Randy Bresnik, USMC (Ret.), is one of The Citadel’s most visible principled leaders in the history of the college.

He currently serves as the assistant to the chief of the astronaut office for exploration at Johnson Space Center in Houston, helping lead the Artemis 3 mission to the moon in 2024.

The 1989 alumnus served as flight engineer and commander during a 2017 mission to the International Space Station, his second sojourn to the ISS, which the college tracked at each stage. Read about that mission and see photos and video of Bresnik in training and in space here

Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @AstroKomrade.

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Leaving his mark on the Corps: General Glenn M. Walters Led Efforts to Develop and Retain Marines https://today.citadel.edu/leaving-his-mark-on-the-corps-general-glenn-m-walters-led-efforts-to-develop-and-retain-marines/ https://today.citadel.edu/leaving-his-mark-on-the-corps-general-glenn-m-walters-led-efforts-to-develop-and-retain-marines/#comments Thu, 08 Nov 2018 22:04:02 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=4724 Gen Walters greets a Marine undergoing predeployment training at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 18, 2017. (photo courtesy of Cpl Hailey D. Clay, USMC)Gen Walters greets a Marine undergoing predeployment training at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 18, 2017. (photo courtesy of Cpl Hailey D. Clay, USMC)A Cobra pilot who later was instrumental in establishing the MV-22 program, Gen Walters’ career has taken him far beyond the cockpit and has been marked by numerous challenges and successes.]]> Gen Walters greets a Marine undergoing predeployment training at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 18, 2017. (photo courtesy of Cpl Hailey D. Clay, USMC)Gen Walters greets a Marine undergoing predeployment training at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 18, 2017. (photo courtesy of Cpl Hailey D. Clay, USMC)

As seen in Leatherneck, Volume 101, Issue 11, by Col. Mary H. Reinwald, USMC (Ret)

Marines leave their mark on the Corps in a variety of ways, sometimes in ways they would never have imagined. General Glenn M. Walters, the recently retired 34th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps (ACMC), understands this better than most. A Cobra pilot who later was instrumental in establishing the MV-22 program, Gen Walters’ career has taken him far beyond the cockpit and has been marked by numerous challenges and successes.

After serving as an infantry platoon commander, the future general completed flight training and was designated a naval aviator in 1981. In addition to flying both the AH-1J and AH-1W, he later served as the first commanding officer of VMX-22. (photo courtesy of Gen Glenn M. Walters, USMC)

“If you look at my career path, I’ve been in places where things were not going right,” the ACMC said during a recent interview. In addition to his assignment in the Deputy Commandant for Aviation’s office as the head of its Requirements Branch during a time of decreasing funding, Gen Walters also served as the Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources during the sequestration of 2013. “That was a challenge,” he said with a slight laugh.

Gen Walters speaks to the Marines of U.S. Southern Command during a town hall in Florida, June 7.
Gen Walters speaks to the Marines of U.S. Southern Command during a town hall in Florida, June 7.

His impressive career includes two tours in the infantry as a platoon commander in 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines and as the Air Officer and Operations Officer for 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. The future ACMC also commanded HMT-303 and later served as the first commander of VMX-22. He gained valuable experience in the acquisition field while serving in the office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, Defense System, Land Warfare and supported Operation Enduring Freedom as the commanding general of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing in Afghanistan in 2011.

The Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen Walters, visits with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, Calif., Dec. 7, 2016. (photo courtesy of LCpl Nadia J. Stark, USMC)

The Task Force

It was his efforts as the head of the Marine Corps task force created in the wake of the “Marines United” scandal, however, that may have the most lasting and significant impact on the Marine Corps of today. The scandal broke in early 2017 and revealed a significant social media presence of active-duty and veteran male Marines who denigrated their female counterparts through the unauthorized sharing of photos and the posting of demeaning and degrading comments about the presence of women in the Corps. General Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, created the task force to address the cultural issues in the Marine Corps which led to not only the misconduct but the acceptance and tolerance for behavior clearly not in keeping with the Marine Corps’ core values of honor, courage and commitment.

The ACMC has headed the task force since its establishment and has worked with Marines of all ranks to update training and regulations in order to send a clear message to all Marines as to what is appropriate and acceptable in the realm of social media. “While those changes address the immediate behavioral issue, we also remain committed to addressing and evolving our culture by changing the way we educate, train, and lead our Marines—we will not tolerate a lack of respect for any member of our team,” said Walters.

Gen Walters was the guest speaker at the 2018 Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium, San Diego, Calif., in June. Cpl Hailey D. Clay, USMC
Gen Walters was the guest speaker at the 2018 Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium, San Diego, Calif., in June. Cpl Hailey D. Clay, USMC

The initial meetings of the task force were especially enlightening for the four-star general. “We unpacked it all in those first couple of meetings.” Meetings that were supposed to last an hour ended up surpassing the four and a half hour mark as the ACMC ensured that everyone, from the most junior Marine present to the sergeants major and generals, had an opportunity to provide input. “We had to get it all on the table. And then once it was all on the table and all of us were exhausted, we had to sort through it. Make sense of it. Organize it. And decide what we’re going to do with it.”

In its first six months of existence, the task force was instrumental in publishing guidance on social media misconduct including a “Leaders’ Handbook and Discussion Guide” and ALMARs and other messages providing guidance to all Marines to ensure they have a clear understanding of the issue, are able to identify what constitutes misconduct, and understand what actions, both punitive and administrative, are available for the Marines who continue to engage in such behavior. Of note, 160 persons of interest (22 civilians and 138 Marines) who have engaged in the egregious conduct on social media have been identified, and numerous courts martial, nonjudicial punishments and administrative separations have been conducted through mid-2018.

“I think it’s important to recognize that our understanding of the issue has evolved over time,” said Gen Walters. “How we handle cases today is much different and more effective as a result of what occurred with “Marines United.” Moving forward, we are planning to establish a permanent structure that can address all of the factors that contribute to the negative subculture that has allowed this behavior to exist.”

Talent Management

Recognizing that the challenge is much broader than social media postings, Gen Walters has also overseen the establishment of the Personnel Studies and Oversight Office (PSO) whose mission is to “oversee, assess, and recommend changes to policy to optimize the ability to attract, properly assign and retain the talent necessary to achieve institutional and strategic objectives in the Marine Corps.” A key element of the PSO is listening to input from Marines throughout the Corps in order to “create an environment that emulates our Corps values” while also ensuring “all Marines and civilians are valued based on their individual excellence and commitment to war-fighting.”

According to Melissa Cohen, the director of the PSO, Gen Walters “has worked tirelessly over the last 18 months to enact positive changes and initiatives within the Marine Corps, always ensuring that Marines, Sailors, and civilians are treated with dignity and respect. He stood up the Personnel Studies and Oversight office in June 2017 to demonstrate the Marine Corps’ long-term commitment to strengthening our culture. Since that date, he has been actively engaged in paving the way for future leaders to follow suit. Gen Walters has continually emphasized the clear connection between mission readiness and recognizing the value of each team member, knowing that we are a more lethal force when we do and that it will be key to the Marine Corps’ success in the future.”

In addition, the ACMC heads the newly established Talent Management Executive Council (TMEC). The TMEC, a senior leader decision forum, “serves as the catalyst for ensuring we attract, develop and retain talented men and women.” According to Gen Walters, the TMEC is a “way to get these issues up to the senior leadership of the Marine Corps once a month. You have all the interested parties, everyone who can have a stake in the success or be an impediment, all at the table looking each other in the eye. Are we going to change this policy? How are we going to change this policy? What do we need? You can plow through a lot of these [issues] quickly.” He continued, noting that the Corps had “professionalized our talent management leadership. It will ensure the success and staying power of the initiatives and gives a venue to always do the right thing for the Marines and our institution.”

Discussions within the TMEC have ranged from officer and enlisted assignments and Defense Language Aptitude Battery testing to addressing such concerns as hiring and retaining Marines for the ever-growing cyber workforce. In addition, the TMEC has identified funds for Marines throughout the Corps to attend conferences focused on their professional development including the recent Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium held in June in San Diego with more than 200 female Marines in attendance. The ACMC served as a guest speaker for the second year in a row and personally engaged with many of the Marines as he listened to their concerns and updated them on the Corps’ efforts to combat disrespect toward female Marines and the integration of women in the combat arms military occupational specialties. “Integration is not only the right thing to do, integration is essential to winning our nation’s battles to maintain our freedom. All in an environment where only 29 percent of our population is qualified to serve,” said Gen Walters. The ACMC recognizes the changes the Corps has faced in recent years. “Diversity is an output of a culture that is inclusive so inclusion is what we should be going for,” he said. “If you are inclusive in your organization or in your society, diversity will be the natural outcome and it’ll be diverse to a level that the talent can produce,” he added. His last few years on active duty have been an education, and Gen Walters has been an eager student. “There’s this idea of unconscious bias. Not just for gender race relations but also I think it has applicability to how we teach leadership … We all have an unconscious bias of some kind. It was baked into you as a human because of where you grew up, how you grew up.” He has reached the conclusion that unconscious bias “doesn’t mean you’re crippled. Doesn’t mean you’re even an immoral person. It’s just a factor of how we all grew up differently.” He believes that good leaders are aware of others’ biases. “Understanding your own unconscious bias … If we can understand it, we will be more ethical decision makers. We will make better decisions because we know ourselves,” said Gen Walters. “When you’re the commander, if you’ve thought about this, then before you put someone’s life on the line or before you expend resources or before you move people around or manage your talent and your organization, if you understand this concept, and you apply it to your decision making, we’ll be a better Corps,” he added.

Gen. Walters is a test pilot whose contribution to the Corps’ aviation community ranged from flying the AH-1W and MV-22 to serving as an aviation staff specialist on the staff of the Undersecretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. (photo courtesy of Gen Glenn Walters)

The Citadel

The Marine Corps’ second most senior Marine will continue to provide his leadership and the benefits of the lessons he has learned to a new generation of future Marines and other service members. After his retirement ceremony in early October, Gen Walters and his wife, Gail, headed south to his alma mater, The Citadel, where he assumed the duties as the 20th president of the venerable Southern institution. “You know I’m looking forward to ending where I started … It will keep me young.”

Cadet Glenn M. Walters
Cadet Glenn M. Walters

Having spent his high school years in northern Virginia, The Citadel seemed an unexpected choice for Walters, who knew that he wanted to serve in the military. Selected as an alternate for the U.S. Naval Academy, Walters said, “If you would have asked me back then, I wouldn’t have said I was undisciplined, but I knew I needed some structure.” He continued to explore his options beginning with Virginia Military Institute, a natural choice as he spent the last few years of his childhood in Oakton, Va., followed by a visit to The Citadel where he had a wonderful first impression and his decision was made.

His father, a veteran CIA station chief, had plans for his son. “My dad wanted me to go in the Navy. I wanted to major in history and join the Marine Corps and he wanted me … to go in the Navy and be a submariner.” They compromised—Gen Walters majored in electrical engineering and joined the Marine Corps.

Like so many others, Walters was influenced by the Marines around him. “There were three people there [at the Citadel] who convinced me and they didn’t do it overtly but just by their example. One was a guy named Gunnery Sergeant Lee, who retired as Sergeant Major Lee, 13th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.” The two others were LtCol Spivey and Col Moss [who later retired as a brigadier general] who were the senior Marines in the NROTC unit. “Those individuals just impressed me so much. I said that’s who I want to be so even before my junior year I switched over to become a Marine officer student.”

As his days on active duty dwindled, the ACMC reflected on his time in the Corps. When asked what his favorite assignment was, he didn’t hesitate. “My favorite assignments were anytime I could lead Marines,” he said, emphatically noting that he didn’t say commanding Marines. “You can do other jobs where you can lead Marines.”

He went on to describe his best days. “When you accomplish a mission and get to be around Marines. That’s really why people stay around as long as they do because every day is a good day.”

A 1979 graduate of The Citadel, Gen Walters returned to Charleston, S.C., to assume the duties as the college’s 20th president.
A 1979 graduate of The Citadel, Gen Walters returned to Charleston, S.C., to assume the duties as the college’s 20th president.

After meeting thousands of Marines during his tenure as ACMC and seeing the future Marines and other servicemembers as the new president of The Citadel, the general has few worries about the future and was quick to point out that nothing keeps him up at night. “I don’t go to bed at night worrying about how we will do as a Marine Corps. I know we will succeed; we’ve always succeeded and we always will succeed.”

President Donald J. Trump greets Gen Walters and his wife, Gail, during the graduation and commissioning ceremony of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2018, Annapolis, Md., May 25.

President Donald J. Trump greets Gen Walters and his wife, Gail, during the graduation and commissioning ceremony of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2018, Annapolis, Md., May 25.

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Fourth Generation Marine Proves He Has “The Wright Stuff” https://today.citadel.edu/fourth-generation-marine-proves-he-has-the-wright-stuff/ Fri, 07 Sep 2018 20:14:49 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=3618 The Citadel Social CardThe Citadel Social CardFor the Wright family, being a Marine is the family business. After 12 weeks of training, Pfc. Douglas Tanner Wright graduated Aug. 3.]]> The Citadel Social CardThe Citadel Social Card

As seen in Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, by Sgt. Dana Beesly

Approximately 19,000 recruits graduate each year from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. For the Wright family, being a Marine is the family business. After 12 weeks of training, Pfc. Douglas Tanner Wright graduated Aug. 3 and joined a family of three generations of Marines and service members before him.

Tanner wanted to follow his family’s tradition of military service as far back as he could remember. His father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-uncle passed down Marine Corps discipline and motivation through each generation of the family.

“Ever since I was very young, I never saw a life in the civilian world,” said Wright, who his family addresses as “Tanner” to avoid confusion. “My entire life, I surrounded myself with the military. To be a part of the best of the country’s military seemed like the right path for me. I didn’t want normal.”

Wright’s family has an illustrious history of service in the armed forces. His great-grandfather Leroy Price Sr. served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War I. Price Sr.’s brother, Thomas Langdon Price, was wounded in the battle for Sugar Loaf Hill on Okinawa. Price Sr.’s son, Leroy Jr., was a Purple Heart and Silver Star recipient who was wounded on Pelileu. Price Jr. married Annette McCovic, also a Marine, who served in WWII.

Tanner’s grandfather, Raymond Wright Jr., served as a gunner in 1st Marine Division, then became a drill instructor for Echo Company, the same company Tanner graduated from. Tanner’s father, Douglas Wright Sr., served in the Marine Corps Reserve for six years.

“When I went to recruit training, I didn’t understand why you tucked your shirt in, I didn’t understand why you crossed your left shoelace over your right shoelace, I was just taught that,” Douglas said. “I was taught to dress by the numbers; that was how I had to maintain my appearance. I brought my son up the same way.”

Years later, Tanner was getting ready to graduate recruit training and his company was preparing for the company commander’s inspection. He didn’t realize until he was putting his service trousers on that he had been preparing his whole life for a moment like this.

“Everything I’ve done and learned throughout my life prepared me to come here,” said Tanner. ”Why the left lace goes over the right when you lace your boots. Speed, intensity, listening to the details; everything makes sense now.”

Tanner said the values he was taught growing up prepared him for the trials of training at Parris Island. Both of his parents and his little brother would train next to him at the gym, and encouraged him to maintain discipline and professionalism in every activity. With the support of his family, Tanner said he was more than ready to tackle the rigorous weeks of training, but the rifle range was an obstacle he had to tackle on his own.

“Ever since I was young, my dad would always tell me, ‘try your best not to go shooting with friends, try to make sure not to get into bad habits,’” Tanner said. “Being so unexposed to [shooting] made it pretty difficult for me to adjust. I shot expert, but the range was mentally stressful.”

Following graduation, Tanner began training at The Citadel, the Military Academy of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. on Aug. 11. Tanner will be the first in his family to become a Marine Corps officer, a dream he has had his entire life.

Douglas said his son stayed disciplined through the pursuit of athletics when it came to preparing for recruit training. He was encouraged to participate in various team sports growing up, before discovering his passion for wrestling. He aspires to wrestle for The Citadel once he adjusts to life at college.

“The main goal of any parents is to put their children on the right track and I think my dad did that with me and I’ve done that now, with my boy,” Douglas said. “The biggest accomplishment in my life was to become a Marine. To see my son choose to follow the legacy and the lineage of our family was obviously a big step, but for him to do so well made us so much more proud.”

Raymond and Douglas know Tanner has his work cut out for him as he begins his Marine Corps career, but like any father or grandfather, they will always look out for him.

“I want to see him become the most successful person I know,” Douglas said. “He’s already achieved more than I have ever achieved by being accepted to The Citadel. I want to see him wear a Citadel ring. I want to see bars on his shoulders.”

As he ventures out on his journey to become a Citadel graduate and Marine officer, Tanner knows he has the ability to succeed and excel throughout his career, thanks to the backing of his family. His family legacy has become his passion.

“Joining the military is a feeling like nothing else in the entire world,” Said Tanner. “Knowing in your heart that this is what you intend to do, that you plan to fight for those beside you and those at home, there’s nothing like it.”

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Sumter Citadel alumni share praise for new college president https://today.citadel.edu/sumter-citadel-alumni-share-praise-for-new-college-president/ Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:27:34 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=3518 Gen. Glenn Walters CitadelGen. Glenn Walters CitadelCitadel alumni from Sumter spoke well of Walters and look forward to his leadership at the college.]]> Gen. Glenn Walters CitadelGen. Glenn Walters Citadel

As seen in The Sumter Item, by Bruce Mills

Given its military roots, proximity to Charleston and other factors, Sumter is home to more than “a few good men,” who are alumni of The Citadel.

According to The Citadel Alumni Society, there are currently 226 Citadel alumni who are Sumter County residents, and some of them this week spoke highly of The Military College of South Carolina’s new incoming president, Marine Corps’ Gen. Glenn Walters.

Walters is currently the Corps’ second-highest-ranking officer, serving as the 34th Assistant Commandant, and will assume his role as the college’s 20th president in early October, according to college officials.

He must officially retire from the Marines before taking the command position at The Citadel.

A member of The Citadel’s class of 1979, Walters has served his entire 39-year career in the Marines as a career aviator. According to a college news release, as second in command of the Marines, Walters oversees the branch’s $42 billion budget and about 184,000 active-duty and 38,000 reserve troops.

The Citadel Board of Visitors made the presidential selection in April, and board Chairman Col. Fred Price noted Walters is a “principled leader” and that his experience as a Marine Corps officer has prepared him well to serve his alma mater.

Sumterites, who are Citadel alumni, also spoke well of Walters and look forward to his leadership at the college.

Sumter-native and resident Charles Alessandro is a 1968 graduate of The Citadel and after serving in the military in Vietnam, spent 40 years in the financial investment business with BB&T. He said Walters is a great appointment for The Citadel.

“General Walters has a wonderful record, and he’s done an outstanding job in command positions while serving in the Marine Corps,” Alessandro said. “I feel we are very fortunate at The Citadel to get him to take over the new command position down there. I’m tickled to death with it.”

Sumter resident Don Barber was part of The Citadel’s class of 1958 and – like Walters – is a former Marine.

“I’m pleased The Citadel has selected a general officer with his superb leadership experience,” Barber said. “He’s had a fantastic experience in the Marine Corps, and I am a past Marine officer myself; so I’m glad to see a Marine go down to The Citadel. From everything I have read, General Walters is top line.”

Walters replaces Lt. Gen. John Rosa as the college’s president. Rosa retired June 30.

Gen. Glenn Walters’ Profile

  • Named 20th president of The Citadel on April 12, 2018;
  • Second highest-ranking officer in the U.S. Marines;
  • 1979 graduate of The Citadel with B.S. in Electrical Engineering; and
  • Awards, medals include: Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with award star, the Air Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Korea Defense Service Medal.
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Marine General Nominated to Lead Central Command https://today.citadel.edu/marine-general-nominated-to-lead-central-command/ Thu, 23 Aug 2018 19:24:12 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=3515 President Donald Trump has nominated Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., Citadel graduate, as the next commander of Central Command.]]>

As seen in Military.com

The Pentagon says President Donald Trump has nominated Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. for promotion to four-star rank and appointment as the next commander of Central Command.

McKenzie currently is director of the staff that supports the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. If confirmed by the Senate, he would succeed Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who has led Central Command since March 2016.

Central Command, based in Tampa, Florida, is responsible for U.S. military operations throughout the greater Middle East, including in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

McKenzie is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and a graduate of The Citadel military college in South Carolina. He has commanded U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Meet Thomas Clark, Executive Director of the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics https://today.citadel.edu/meet-thomas-clark-executive-director-of-the-krause-center-for-leadership-and-ethics/ Tue, 03 Jul 2018 19:53:22 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=2554 The Citadel Social CardThe Citadel Social CardThomas Clark discusses the leadership skills he gained in the Marine Corps and how they reinforced what he was taught as a student at The Citadel.]]> The Citadel Social CardThe Citadel Social Card

Thomas Clark, executive director of the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics, served in the Marine Corps for 30 years. Clark discusses the leadership skills he gained in the Marine Corps and how they reinforced what he was taught as a student at The Citadel.

Branch: U.S. Marine Corps from 1985 to 2015

Thomas Clark

Rank: Colonel

Current role at The Citadel: Executive director at the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics

How many years have you been at The Citadel? 7 years

What year did you graduate from The Citadel? I graduated in 1985 and studied mathematics and computer science

What was the most defining moment during your service? My most defining moment during military service was the privilege of leading Marines in combat in the Middle East.

What does being a veteran mean you? Being a veteran means that someone has served the nation in the military and has paid back a small portion of the debt each of us owes for citizenship. There are many ways to serve, but being military service is one of the most demanding. Being a veteran also means being held to a higher standard of performance and conduct by society.

Why did you choose to work at The Citadel? I chose to work at The Citadel so I could work with cadets and help them learn principled leadership. As principled leaders, our graduates have the opportunity to change the world.

What leadership qualities did you learn in the military that have helped guide you through your career/life? The leadership I learned in the military simply reinforced what I learned at The Citadel as a cadet – work hard and try to do your best; when given the opportunity, play hard; and always do the right thing.

 

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Serving those who served our country: Reducing the barriers to PTSD treatment https://today.citadel.edu/serving-those-who-served-our-country-reducing-the-barriers-to-ptsd-treatment/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 16:26:41 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=2489 Alex Macdonald The CitadelAlex Macdonald The CitadelBy Professor Alexandra Macdonald, Ph.D., The Citadel Throughout my career in psychology, I have been lucky enough to be able to serve those who have served or are serving our]]> Alex Macdonald The CitadelAlex Macdonald The Citadel

By Professor Alexandra Macdonald, Ph.D., The Citadel

Throughout my career in psychology, I have been lucky enough to be able to serve those who have served or are serving our country. Being in the military increases one’s risk for experiencing a potentially traumatic event, and there are estimates that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects between 11 to 20 percent of veterans and service members.

PTSD is associated with many other negative consequences beyond the individual. It can affect the entire family system, causing relationship distress, parenting challenges and aggression. Through my work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System, I saw firsthand how PTSD affects relationships, and conversely, how relationships can affect the course of PTSD. Thus, much of my research has included projects evaluating the efficacy of interventions for PTSD, especially in the context of interpersonal relationships.

One such treatment is Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD (CBCT for PTSD), a 15-session, empirically-supported, couples-based treatment tested in civilian, veteran and active duty military populations. Although CBCT for PTSD and other individual therapies are effective in treating symptoms, some individuals still experience barriers to accessing care. These barriers include the stigma around seeking help for the disorder as well as logistical problems associated with attending weekly therapy sessions, such as taking time from work, traveling to reach providers and needing ongoing childcare. This can complicate the treatment process for many.

Since joining the The Citadel Department of Psychology in 2015, my work has evolved to include identifying strategies to overcome barriers to PTSD treatment. For example, I am an investigator on a collaborative study funded by the Department of Defense and VA through the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD. The consortium is a national research group led by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the VA National Center for PTSD.

The consortium includes a network of co-investigators from across the country, working to find the best ways to diagnose, prevent and treat combat-related PTSD. The current study is investigating the utility of an accelerated, multi-couple group version of CBCT for PTSD for active duty service members and veterans with PTSD and their partners. Instead of weekly therapy being delivered in a therapist’s office, the therapy is delivered in 12-hour, retreat-style workshops over the course of a weekend. Our principal investigator, Steffany Fredman, Ph.D., of Pennsylvania State University leads the treatment retreats at a hotel in Austin, Texas, which is about one hour away from Fort Hood, Texas. The hope is that delivering CBCT for PTSD in an intensive weekend format can address some of the challenges involved with attending 15 weekly sessions while still reducing PTSD symptoms and improving intimate relationships.

I also am a co-investigator on a VA-funded project evaluating an innovative approach to improving access to evidence-based care for PTSD. We are investigating the efficacy of the use of home-based video telehealth technology to deliver an abbreviated eight-session version of CBCT for PTSD. Our hope is that this methodology will improve the access to and acceptability of couples-based care in the VA.

Another barrier to care may be a lack of professionals specifically trained in evidence-based care for PTSD. Efforts are underway to increase the dissemination of information about evidence-based interventions for PTSD to front-line clinicians. The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) at the Medical University of South Carolina has an online training course called CPTWeb for which I served as a therapist when doing my post-doctoral work. It is a web-based learning course teaching Cognitive Processing Therapy that is funded by the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery for providers working with military populations. Updates to that program will be made in the coming months by the NCVC because of a grant awarded this year by the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime. I will again serve as one of the therapists demonstrating the treatment techniques to practitioners learning virtually.

These programs and others with similar goals will eventually whittle away the barriers to treatment for those who, right now, still suffer.

Alexandra Macdonald, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology at The Citadel. She has worked as a clinical research psychologist in the VA Boston Healthcare System and the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her research focuses on the intersection between individual psychopathology, with an emphasis on post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders, as well as interpersonal functioning. She earned her Ph.D. at Boston University.

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Remembering The Class That Never Was https://today.citadel.edu/remembering-the-class-that-never-was/ Wed, 06 Jun 2018 16:47:27 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=2108 Remembering the Class that Never WasRemembering the Class that Never WasA look at the story of The Citadel Class of 1944, commonly known as "The Class that Never Was."]]> Remembering the Class that Never WasRemembering the Class that Never Was

Physical training, drills, inspections…old recruiting films from 1942 depict scenes of life in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. The films were once played at schools and theaters to promote the value of a military college education just as America was fully engaging in World War II and two years before D-Day. But cadets who were sophomores at the time of the filming were about to have their college careers interrupted in dramatic fashion.

“It’s the truth because we never had graduations, we never had ring ceremonies, and we never had any of the particulars that go with being a senior at The Citadel − any of the privileges that go with being a senior at The Citadel. So, as a result, I don’t think the label of The Class That Never was is altogether inaccurate,” said Timothy Street, member of The Citadel Class of 1944.

In honor of The Citadel’s Class of 1944 and the members of the class who served in or were killed in action in World War II, the college released rare film footage in conjunction with a video describing the experience through the eyes of Timothy Street. A WWII veteran and a member of The Citadel’s Class of 1944, Street is a lifelong resident of Charleston, S.C., where the college has been located since its founding in 1842.

Street and his classmates didn’t make it to their senior year. With a critical war need for junior officers and second lieutenants, the federal government called Street’s entire class (with the exception of three who could not serve) to war in the summer of their junior year. According to Street, it happened despite a formal objection by the college’s president Gen. Charles P. Summerall who felt the cadets would make better soldiers after they finished their military education.

“They were sent to Europe almost instantly, or at least very quickly, and they had terrible tough times because they were all the youngest grade of officer and they had the roughest duty, and we had, as a class, more fatalities than any other class at The Citadel,” Street recalled.

Street and many of his classmates did return to The Citadel to finish their degrees after serving in the war. More than 6,000 men from The Citadel served during World War II. At least 209 were killed in action or died of wounds. As for the D-Day invasion in France on June 6, 1944, 13 men from The Citadel died on that day or in the months immediately following; at least three of them were members of The Class that Never Was. Graduates of The Citadel have served America in every war since the Mexican War of 1846.

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Newest Marine Corps officers take commissioning oath https://today.citadel.edu/marine-corps-officer-commissioning-2018/ https://today.citadel.edu/marine-corps-officer-commissioning-2018/#comments Fri, 04 May 2018 18:05:44 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=1365 Citadel USMC Commissioning 2018Citadel USMC Commissioning 2018Seventeen of the newest Marine Corps officers took their commissioning oath on Friday, May 4 in Summerall Chapel. ]]> Citadel USMC Commissioning 2018Citadel USMC Commissioning 2018

The Citadel Class of 2018 includes 17 newly commissioned Marine Corps officers

Seventeen of the newest Marine Corps officers took their commissioning oath on Friday, May 4 in Summerall Chapel. The cadets will officially be sworn in as officers during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5.

More than 160 cadets involved in The Citadel ROTC departments will become commissioned officers across all branches of the military in 2018.

Commissioned cadets include:

William Colyer
William Debruhl III
Jordan Eberle
Gabriel Foster
James Greer
Grace Jenkins
Zachary Keener
Evan Lee
Adam Mcgrath
Brody Mcgrath
Antonio Molina
Robert Olsen
Alec Reddy
Paul Rispoli
Richard Sniezek
Aaron Torres
Nicholas Troy

Cadets commissioning at a later date in 2018 include:

Justin Bussard
Joseph Smolenski
Robert Imhoff

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