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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Citadel Announces 1998/1999 Chain of Command

          CHARLESTON, S.C., May 5--The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, has announced its top ranking cadets for the 1998-1999 college year.

          Local Cadet Steven Reed Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wilson of Honea Path, S.C., was named regimental commander, the highest ranking cadet of the 1800-member Corps of Cadets. He will hold the rank of cadet colonel. Majoring in English, Wilson is the Outreach Coordinator for the Baptist Student Union; he is a member of The Citadel Inn of Court, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and The Round Table. Wilson is also a regimental color guard. He was awarded Gold Stars for superior academic performance and was on the Commandant's List for military excellence.

          Cadet John E. Laurel, son of Mr. and Mrs. David J. Laurel of Bloomington, Minn., was named regimental executive officer. As the second in command of the 1800-member Corps of Cadets, he will hold the rank of cadet lieutenant colonel. Laurel, a chemistry major, is in the honors program and on the Dean's List. He has consistently achieved Gold Stars for academic excellence and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. In 1997, he was selected to the Division I NCAA All-American Scholastic Team, and in 1996, he was awarded Tennis Magazine's Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award (awarded to only one junior college tennis player in the nation).

          Cadet Paul A. Yount, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Yount of Morganton, N.C., was named first battalion commander and will hold the rank of cadet lieutenant colonel. There are four battalion commanders, each in charge of one of The Citadel's four barracks. Yount, a physics major, is on the Dean's List. He has a three-year Marine Corps Scholarship. He is a member of the Society of Physics Students and a member of the Semper Fidelis Society, and he was named to the Commandant's List twice for military excellence.

          Cadet Mason Edwards Harlow, son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Harlow of Fork, S.C., has been named second battalion commander and will hold the rank of cadet lieutenant colonel. There are four battalion commanders, each in charge of one of The Citadel's four barracks. Harlow, a political science major, is on the Dean's List and has been awarded Gold Stars three times for academic excellence. He is a member of The Citadel Honors Program, a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, president of The Round Table, and he is a former news editor for The Brigadier.

          Cadet Daniel R. Fitch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fitch of Cheshire, Conn., has been named third battalion commander and will hold the rank of cadet lieutenant colonel.. There are four battalion commanders, each in charge of one of The Citadel's four barracks. Fitch, an English major, is a member of The Citadel Inn of Court and the Knights of Columbus. He is on the Dean's List and has received Gold Stars for academic excellence.

          Cadet Michael R. Garry, son of Mrs. Mindy Garry Cornett of Maidens, Va., has been named fourth battalion commander and will hold the rank of cadet lieutenant colonel. There are four battalion commanders, each in charge of one of The Citadel's four barracks. Garry is a psychology major and has been a member of the Cordell Airborne Ranger Club and the Ranger Challenge Team. He has been on the Commandant's Distinguished Service List for military excellence and is a member of the Summerall Guardsthe elite precision drill platoon of The Citadel.

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