Army ROTC wins MacArthur Award
The Citadel’s Army ROTC Battalion is the distinguished recipient of the 2008 General Douglas MacArthur Award for colleges with large battalions.
Each year the U.S. Army Cadet Command, the parent organization of the Army ROTC, in conjunction with Norfolk’s Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, presents these awards to honor the top Army ROTC units from around the country.
The Army ROTC battalions selected for the awards were the most successful of Cadet Command’s 273 units in accomplishing their mission in training and commissioning the majority of the lieutenants entering the Army each year. The awards recognize individual units within the Army ROTC program that have achieved the standards that best represent the ideals of the watch words of “duty, honor, country” as practiced by Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
The Citadel’s Army program has established a close relationship with the South Carolina Corps of Cadets by mentoring, educating, and fostering leadership. The Army Department has been very successful over the past few years with commissioning quality leaders. Among those who wear the Army’s Black Badge, pledging military service after graduation, are members of the Summerall Guards, the regimental commander, a battalion commander, numerous company commanders, key leaders from club sports such as rugby and various varsity athletics, including football and baseball.
“The Army ROTC battalion is an outstanding organization composed of tremendously competent people who truly care about our cadets. We are doing exceptionally well because of them,” said Col. Richard C. Townes, the commanding officer and professor of military science. “We are honored to be recognized for our program. It’s important to lead by example. Our cadets, The Citadel and our Army expect nothing less.”