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Citadel News Service
1 May 2007

Citadel MECEP named Service Member of the Year

Staff Sgt. Robert Eckerfield, a Citadel MECEP student, has been named U.S. Marine Corps Service Member of the Year by the Charleston Chamber of Commerce.

Eckerfield will be honored on Thursday, May 3 during the chamber's Armed Forces Day banquet at the Charleston Area Convention Center.

Eckerfield enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1996. For the last four years he has been working toward his bachelor's degree in political science and an officer's commission in the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP). Upon his graduation Saturday, May 5, he will receive a commission as a second lieutenant. He lives in Goose Creek with his wife, Elisabeth, and daughter, Sunny.

Eckerfield is being honored for his community service as a Marine and as a Citadel student. Among his accomplishments at The Citadel are:

  • Recipient of the William Coleman Award for attaining the highest GPA among political science students in 2007. He maintains a 4.0 GPA.
  • Awarded the USAA MECEP Leadership Award for 2007.
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2007.
  • Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, 2007.
  • Organized The Citadel Hurricane Relief effort, helping to raise $5,280 for the American Red Cross, 2006.
  • Organized the 2007 Bulldog Challenge, which raised $6,000 for scholarships.
  • President of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society 2006-2007.
  • President of Semper Fidelis Society, coordinating and participating in numerous community service projects from holiday food and toy drives to volunteer with local schools and charities.
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