During Corps Day Weekend at The Citadel six people were honored for their contributions to the college, their communities, the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and society.
One of the most highly attended Citadel attractions, Corps Day also featured dress parades, a cadet talent show and mess hall birthday party. The Corps Day tradition began on March 20, 1843, a year after the college's inception.
Awards presented during the weekend included the Palmetto Medal, the Brigadier Foundation Award and the Clubb Award. Two honorary degrees also were awarded.
The Palmetto Medal is presented annually to cadets, faculty, staff or alumni by The Citadel Board of Visitors to recognize exceptional performance that reflects great credit on The Citadel or the state of South Carolina. This year's honoree is Cadet Col. Richard Paul Neikirk of New Wilmington, Pa.
Neikirk was cited for his standout leadership and excellent job commanding the South Carolina Corps of Cadets while succeeding in his military and academic endeavors. A civil and environmental engineering major, he earned the President's List, Dean's List, and Commandant's List for high academic achievement.
He has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships including Marine of the Year his sophomore and junior years, the three-year Marine Scholarship, The Citadel Foundation Scholarship, the Band Scholarship, and the Barnhill-Harley Scholarship. He was active in the Raider Platoon, Chapel Color Guard, and Semper Fi Society.
After graduation in May, Neikirk will be commissioned in the United States Marine Corps.
The second Palmetto Medal recipient was Maj. Norval Bruce "Sandy" Jones of Charleston. As director of The Citadel Pipe Band, Jones has enthusiastically served The Citadel for 25 years.
Jones is the founder of two piping schools, a regular judge at Scottish Games from Florida to Washington, and author of Beginning the Bagpipe, a book recognized around the world as the primary text for beginning bagpipers. Before coming to The Citadel in June 1977, Jones was the director of the Air Force Pipe Band.
The Brigadier Foundation Award, which is voted on annually by members of the graduating class, recognizes a senior athlete who has contributed the most to The Citadel's athletic program and the Corps of Cadets. This year the honor went to Richard Cody Bragg of Plano, Texas.
Bragg has been captain of the men's soccer team for three years, is a four-year letter winner and has started in every game in the last four years. He is on the Dean's List and is a member of the Summerall Guards.
The Clubb Award is presented to the member of the Summerall Guards voted by his peers as the most outstanding member. The award is named for Harold K. Clubb, Class of '68, who died in a plane crash in 1971.
The Summerall Guards is a 61-member silent drill platoon at The Citadel. Voted its most outstanding member was Stanley Joseph Mosser of Columbia, S.C. Mosser is a varsity soccer player and a electrical engineering major.
Honorary degrees were presented to two former members of The Citadel Advisory Council.
Henry Doctor Jr. of Fairfax, Va., received the honorary degree of Doctor of Military Science. Doctor has enjoyed a varied and celebrated career that includes more than three decades of military service to his country in the United States Army, culminating with the rank of lieutenant general.
He is a graduate of South Carolina State College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Georgia State University where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychological Services. He also graduated the U.S. Army Command, General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College and holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from South Carolina State College.
Richard Russell Wackenhut of Jupiter, Fla., a distinguished leader in the security industry for three decades, was recognized with an honorary Doctor of Business Administration.
As chairman of the board and acting chief executive officer of the Wackenhut Corporation, he leads a company that has experienced dramatic growth in providing security and protection to such strategic sites as nuclear plants and communications centers. Under his leadership, Wackenhut has been named to Forbes magazine's list of "America's Best Big Companies," and has 70,000 employees in more than 50 countries.
A native of Miami, Wackenhut graduated from The Citadel in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Following graduation, he served in the United States Air Force and later joined the company his father had founded in 1954.