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Virginia State University ROTC Program Receives National Honors

Published date: June 27, 2016

Two Graduates Inducted into the Army Hall of Fame

Virginia State University, VA -- Virginia State University ROTC is proud to share that its nationally ranked Reserve Officers Training Corp program is among the most accomplished ROTC programs in the country.

Two VSU Alumni, General Dennis L. Via (1980) and Major General (Retired) W. Montague Winfield (1975), were inducted into the inaugural class of the national United States Army Cadet Command Hall of Fame at a ceremony earlier this month in Fort Knox, Kentucky. The inaugural inductee class was selected from the more than 600,000 men and women who have been commissioned as second lieutenants through the Army ROTC.

In addition, the VSU ROTC Program received national acclaim recently when graduate Deshauna Barber (2011) was crowned Miss USA 2016. The VSU ROTC Program has also celebrated the below unprecedented accomplishments, which in total have been shared by no other university.

  • VSU ROTC program has commissioned more than 1600 cadets as second lieutenants.
  • Eight (8) VSU ROTC Program graduates have attained the rank of General.
  • General Dennis Via (1980) is the only Signal Corps officer in U.S. Army history to be promoted to Four Star General.
  • Major General (Retired) W. Montague Winfield was the first Commanding General of the United States Army Cadet Command from an HBCU.
  • One of the current ROTC Summer Camp brigades is being named after LT Vassar W. Hurt (1968) who was killed in action during the Vietnam War. LT Hurt’s classmates have endowed a scholarship for ROTC cadets in his honor.
  • VSU ROTC has 14 Colonels currently on active duty. Three (3) Commanders: COL Seena Tucker, COL William Thigpen and COL James Walker are current Army Brigade Commanders.
  • Second Lieutenant Shanita Bailey (2016) is the 2016 recipient of the LTG Edward Honor Leadership Award

“We are proud to continue providing transformative educational and leadership experiences for our students,” says VSU President, Dr. Makola Abdullah. “Our VSU ROTC Program is an example of the spirit of leadership promoted at VSU.” In 2009, the ROTC Department was awarded the Thurgood Marshall Outstanding ROTC Program Award for exceeding its commission mission and for producing more officers than any other HBCU.

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