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Citadel News Service
15 Jan 2009

A message from Lt Gen Rosa on the death of Cadet Riley

No duty is more difficult for me than to inform The Citadel community of the passing of a cadet. On Jan. 14, Cadet Adam K. Riley died in Watts Barracks. Adam was a junior from Centerville, Mass. 

This tragedy touches the entire Citadel community. Col. Greg Stone, commandant of cadets, assembled each of the battalions in their barracks last night and informed them of Adam’s passing. Col. David Golden, chaplain to the Corps of Cadets, and Dr. Suzanne Bufano, our Counseling Center director, were also there to let all cadets know that support and counseling is available for any who seek it. Cadet leadership, including the human affairs and religious officers, have also been directed to observe cadets and encourage them to seek support.

I know parents are concerned for their cadets and how The Citadel can help. The best place to start if you have any concerns is to contact your cadet’s tactical officer. A list of the tacs can be found on our website. Click here or type this url into your Internet browser:

You are also welcome to contact the campus Counseling Center. The phone number is 843-953-6799 and can be found on our website at Chaplain Golden is also available to speak with families. He can be reached at 843-953-5049.

I ask members of The Citadel family to keep Adam and his family in their thoughts and prayers.

John W. Rosa
Lt Gen, USAF (Retired)

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