The Citadel photographer’s top 21 images from 2021

Cameron Pollack has served as The Citadel’s Manager of Photography since 2020. Prior to joining The Citadel, he graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Government and completed internships with the Boston Red Sox, NPR, Detroit Free Press and The Philadelphia Inquirer. If he doesn’t have a camera in his hand, you can find Cameron reading on his porch, trying every new restaurant in Charleston or roller skating in Hampton Park.

“I had no idea how 2021 would pan out. Would we spend the year masking and social distancing with a perpetual drone of anxiety over our heads as we had in 2020? Or would we get vaccinated and quickly return to something resembling the before times? Not knowing what the outcome would be, I resolved to do what I always do — document what makes The Citadel unique; and show the strength of our community whenever I saw it.

Whether it’s General Walters cheering on the basketball team by himself, Sergeant Major Jason Moffitt getting vaccinated by one of our own nursing cadets, knobs embracing on Recognition Day, our Regimental Commander Kathryn Christmas welcoming her VMI counterpart at parade, Sierra Company commander Jaret Price leading a stair climb commemorating 9/11 or our Volleyball team supporting each other at the NCAA tournament, I was always drawn to the moments when we lifted each other up.

In this time of perpetual flux, building and nurturing our community, supporting one another and marching forward together is, to me, what principled leadership looks like. Going into 2022, I’ll still be photographing with that in mind.”

Cameron Pollack, Manager of Photography for The Citadel

Cameron’s top 21 images from 2021

The moon sets behind Padgett-Thomas Barracks at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, August 12, 2021.
Knobs take part in a Leadership Reaction Course, which involved an individual movement training segment, a rope bridge, and learning to navigate the USMC obstacle course at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, February 27, 2021.
Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79, president of The Citadel, watches with Commander William Lind, USN (Ret.), ’91, as The Citadel basketball plays Furman at McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
Saturday Morning Inspection in dress whites takes place in Watts Barracks at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, March 6, 2021.
The rehearsal flight for the HMX-1 Operational Test Event in support of the VH-92A Presidential Replacement Helicopter, deployed to Charleston by Marine Helicopter Squadron One, in coordination with the White House Military Office, takes place on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, March 22, 2021.
Knobs embrace after hearing the 4th Class System is no longer in effect after participating in The Gauntlet on Summerall Field in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, March 25, 2021.
Sergeant Major Jason Moffitt receives the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from Citadel nursing cadet Victoria Conley during a vaccination clinic for Citadel faculty and staff at McAlister Field House in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
Cadet Kevin Pham jumps into the water with his rifle during Palmetto Battalion Army ROTC’s combat water survival test at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
Cadets TyShonna Jones and Olivia Montgomery work on their respective paintings in a class led by Professor Rick Sargent in Bond Hall at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.
Senior cadets preside over a pass in review during the 2021 Long Grey Line Parade on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, May 7, 2021.
The cadet change of command takes place during the Long Gray Line parade for the Class of 2021 on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, May 7, 2021.
Thousands of people, including sisters Izzy and Hannah Leland, seen dancing, descended onto Summerall Field for an American Ballet Theater performance on Saturday, July 17, 2021.
Lima Company Cadet Isabel Flores watches over the Law Barracks quad as knobs matriculate to The Citadel on Saturday, August 14, 2021.
Cadets Jerry Higgins and Douglas Karam, accompanied by Biology professor John Weinstein, Ph.D., deploy an experiment to measure how face masks, rubber gloves and hand wipes decompose in the salt marsh behind Inouye Hall on Thursday, October 14, 2021.
Sierra Company commander Cadet Jaret Price climbs his company’s tower during a group stair climb to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack in Stevens Barracks in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. The cadets, the Commandant of Cadets, the college chaplain and other members of the commandant’s team climbed 110 flights of stairs in unison.
November Company cadet (and The Citadel quarterback) Jaylan Adams puts on his Citadel class ring for the first time during a ceremony in Summerall Chapel on Friday, October 1, 2021.
The Citadel regimental commander Cadet Colonel Kathryn Christmas, and Virginia Military Institute regimental commander Cadet First Captain Casey Meredith swap covers during Parents’ Day parade at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, October 2, 2021. This year marks the first year in which both of the rival military schools’ Corps of Cadets are commanded by Women.
The Citadel linebacker Brian Horn flexes while wearing the Silver Shako trophy after defeating Virginia Military Institute in a Southern Conference game at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, October 2, 2021. It was the first victory for the Bulldogs in The Military Classic of The South since 2018.
A cadet sitting guard is silhouetted in the 5th Battalion sally port prior to Twilight Memorial Parade at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, November 12, 2021.
The Summerall Guards, The Citadel’s elite silent drill platoon, marches on before their performance on Summerall Field during Homecoming on Saturday, November 13, 2021. (Editor’s note: This photo was made using a UAV.)
The Citadel volleyball huddles before their first set against Georgia Tech in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at O’Keefe Gymnasium in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, December 3, 2021. The Bulldogs’ match against the Yellow Jackets is the first appearance in an NCAA Tournament by a women’s team in the history of The Citadel.