Corps Grad ’15
I was born and raised in Chicago, and I was recruited by The Citadel for track. I majored in criminal justice and graduated Magna Cum Laude. While at The Citadel, I rose through the ranks in the following order: knob, cadre squad corporal, company clerk, battalion sergeant major, battalion commander, and regimental executive officer. I graduated and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in May of 2015. I am currently stationed at NAS Pensacola with the 479th Flying Training Group, and I am the Officer in Charge (OIC) of STUCON (Student Control) where I oversee the administration and training of 450 aviation officers.
What is your favorite memory from The Citadel?
There are so many memories that I have from attending The Citadel, but I will talk about my top three. The first is Matriculation Day. I was so excited to get started that I made sure I was the first one in line to enter through the gates. I still remember every detail of those first 24 hours, from moving into the barracks, putting on PTs, and watching as our cadre marched into the battalion. I saw knob year as a 24-hour adventure, and it was my favorite year at The Citadel. Second is being a part of the track team and setting the school record in the pole vault. I even got a letter sent to me from Mayor Riley! Third is the day I got to lead the Corps of Cadets in a dress parade as Regimental Executive Officer. Parades were always one of my favorite things about The Citadel. When I came down to visit The Citadel for the first time as a junior in high school, and I saw the parade on Friday for the first time, I thought it was the most impressive thing I had ever seen and wanted to be a part of it. Then getting to lead the parade my senior year was a dream come true and a huge honor.
How do you think your experience at The Citadel got you to where you are now?
I was recruited as a track athlete and came here because of that, the academics, the ocean, the city of Charleston, and getting to be a part of an institution with so much history. I did not have a military background or much knowledge of it. Getting immersed in a 24-hour regimented lifestyle suited me so much that I decided the military was for me. I also felt that it was something important that I should do to serve my country. The leadership opportunities interested me and then being part of the Air Force ROTC program made my decision to contract an easy one. I feel that when I reported to my first base I was ahead of the ball game due to being used to early hours, physical fitness, an arduous schedule, and the military bearing needed in this environment to succeed.