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The ASBC Announces the Lieutenant General Henry Doctor Jr. Leadership Award

Monday, April 20, 2009   (0 Comments)
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The ASBC Announces the Lieutenant General Henry Doctor Jr. Leadership Award

Annual award will honor the memory of LTG Doctor and support ROTC Program at his alma mater for the ongoing development of military and community leaders.

Columbia, MD April 20, 2009 - - The American Small Business Coalition has entered into a relationship with the South Carolina State University (SCSU) Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) Program to support the continuing development of military and community leaders from SCSU and to honor the memory of their friend and advisor, LTG Henry "Hank" Doctor, Jr. USA (ret.) who passed away in December 2007.

In conjunction with support from Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Heyward Stackhouse, USA, Professor of Military Science at SCSU, the program will be formally announced on Thursday, April 23, 2009 during The ASBC Fifth Anniversary Reception and Awards Dinner at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner. Members of LTG Doctor's family will be on-hand for the dedication.

About the Lieutenant General Henry Doctor Jr. Leadership Award
The award will honor LTG Doctor's legacy of leadership and giving and be presented annually to the top male and female cadet at South Carolina State University during the first semester of their senior year after completing the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).  The Cadets are selected by the Professor of Military Science based on their performance in four categories: leadership, academic achievement, physical fitness and a strong desire to serve in the active component of the United State Army.

Each Cadet will receive a cash award in the amount of $500.00 from The American Small Business Coalition (ASBC). Additionally, an annual contribution based on fundraising activities conducted by The American Small Business Coalition will be donated to South Carolina State University ROTC endowment from the ASBC on behalf of LTG Doctor.

After graduation from Berkeley Training High School in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, LTG Doctor attended South Carolina State University, and in 1954 received his bachelor's degree and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He completed 35 years of service in the U.S. Army and served with distinction in leadership positions at every level.  His last three assignments before retirement were: Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Material Development and Readiness Command, Alexandria, Virginia; Commanding General, 2nd Infantry Division, Eighth U.S. Army, Republic of Korea and; Inspector General of the U.S. Army, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

The History of Army ROTC at South Carolina State University
The Department of Military Science was established at South Carolina State University (formerly South Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical College) during School Year 1947-48. The first graduating class in 1949 consisted of six cadets: five received Regular Army commissions and one received a Reserve commission. Since the establishment of ROTC at South Carolina State University, 2015 students have received commissions in the Armed Forces as of 30 Sep 2008.

The Army ROTC program was initially branch material, producing only Infantry officers. The program was supplanted in 1954 by the General Military Science Program enabling graduating cadets to select the branch of the Army in which they were most interested and qualified. From 1947 until 1968, enrollment in the ROTC program was mandatory for all able-bodied freshman and sophomore male students.

A cross-enrollment program was initiated in 1968 to permit students from other local institutions, which do not have a ROTC program to receive training at South Carolina State University, without transferring from the institution of their choice. To date, South Carolina State University has a cross-enrollment agreement with Claflin University, Voorhees College, Denmark Technical College and Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College.

During School Year 1972-73, the Department of the Army initiated, on a trial basis, a five-year program of enrolling women in ROTC. South Carolina State University was one of the ten institutions selected nationwide to participate in this program. The first females graduated in 1976. Since the enrollment of females, South Carolina State University has commissioned 261 females.

As of this date, eleven South Carolina State University Army ROTC graduates have achieved the rank of General Officer: Brigadier General (Retired) George B. Price, ’51; Major General (Retired) James R. Klugh, ’53; Lieutenant General (Retired) Henry Doctor, Jr., ’54 (deceased); Major General George F. Bowman, ’69, (United States Army National Guard); Brigadier General Harold L. Mitchell, ’72 (United States Air Force); Major General Larry Knightner ’72 (United States Army Reserves); Major General Abraham J. Turner,’76; Brigadier General Nolen V, Bivens, ’76 and Brigadier General Frederick J. Johnson, ‘76. Also, Brigadier General Amos M. Gailliard began his distinguished military career at South Carolina State University Army ROTC program, ’51, (United States Army National Guard).

We also recognize two South Carolina State University graduates who achieved the rank of General Officer in the United States Marine Corps: Major General Arnold Fields, ’68 and Brigadier General Clifford L. Stanley, ‘69.

The Bulldog Battalion, averages approximately 100 cadets, continues to be recognized as one of the largest producer of minority officers for the Army.

About The American Small Business Coalition
The American Small Business Coalition is a membership organization exclusively focused on supporting the development of relationships, best practices and market intelligence for companies doing business in the government sector. Our primary goal is ensuring that government agencies are able to identify viable and vetted companies who can support their mission requirements, and that those companies have access to an established and trusted community of current and retired leaders from Government and Industry.



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