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Citadel News Service

For Release
Sept. 24, 2004

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PT Barracks dedicated with tribute to Senator Hollings

           The Citadel dedicated its rebuilt Padgett-Thomas Barracks today by paying special tribute to the many people who were involved in the four-year rebuilding project, especially U.S. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings.          

Padgett-Thomas Barracks in 2004

           Hollings, a 1942 Citadel graduate, was instrumental in securing
funding to help rebuild the barracks after it was closed in 2000 for safety reasons. The $28 million rebuilding project was completed and the barracks was reopened in August.

           "The Citadel is proud to claim you as an alumnus," said Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds, president of the college. "In all my years in the military and in education, I have never encountered an individual more attuned to the needs of the public, more devoted to duty, or more skilled at bringing together those with divergent views to work for the greater good of all. You have embodied the highest ideals of character and you have served others with the tireless diligence that is the fundamental trait of leadership."

           The college presented to Hollings an American flag. It was the
last flag to fly over the old barracks and the first one to fly over the new barracks.

           Padgett-Thomas Barracks was the first barracks built on campus when The Citadel moved from Marion Square in 1922. Patterned after the Old Citadel, the design has become the architectural icon for the campus. The 112,332-square-foot building houses 560 cadets, three tactical officers and also has meeting rooms in the tower and a computer lab.

           "Though PT Barracks is brand new, it reflects the influence and lives of cadets who have walked its stairs and assembled on its quad since 1922," said Regimental Commander Cadet Col. Philip Meador. "On behalf of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, and particularly those cadets who live in Second Battalion, I would like to say thank you to everyone who made this new Padgett-Thomas Barracks possible."

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