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.
a 1942 Citadel graduate, was instrumental in securing
"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."
presented to Hollings an American flag. It was the
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.
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."