Five cadets commissioned from Highlander ROTC program at Presbyterian College

May 10 Written by  STAFF REPORTS

On Saturday, May 6, at Presbyterian College, five cadets were commissioned from the Highlander Battalion Army ROTC program. In addition, retired Col. Arthur G. Maxwell, Jr., ’73 was inducted into the Presbyterian College ROTC Hall of Fame.

Maxwell graduated from Presbyterian College with a Bachelor of Arts in history. His first assignments were to the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wash., where he served as a Company Executive Officer, Forward Area Signal Center Platoon Leader, and Division Wire Officer. He next moved to Germany where he was the Assistant S3 for the 102d Signal Battalion and then Commander for the 232d Signal Company. 

His next assignment was as an Organizational Effectiveness Staff Officer at Fort Gordon, Ga., and then as the Chief of the Leadership Department of the Air Land Battle Division, where he was responsible for teaching all officers in the Signal Leadership Department.

From there Maxwell moved to Augsburg, Germany where he served as the Executive Officer of the 69th Signal Battalion.  After this assignment, he moved to Fort Ritchie, Md., where he was a Project Officer for the 7th Signal Command and then Commander 1111th Signal Battalion. 

During this tour of duty, he was also responsible for the maintenance and operation of the National Alternate Joint Communications Center (Site R).  From there he moved to Fort Huachuca, Ariz. where he served as the G3 for the United States Army Signal Command.  His last assignment in the military was as the G3 for the 335th Theater Signal Command (TSC).  During this assignment, he was designated Commander 335th TSC Forward during Operation Desert Fox. 

Maxwell’s education includes a bachelor’s in history as well as a Master of Arts in organization development from the Naval Postgraduate School.  His military education includes the Signal Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces as well as the Organizational Effectiveness Staff Officers Course.  His decorations include LOM (2OLC), MSM (3OLC), AAM, NDSM-1, ASR, and OSR.

The ROTC program at Presbyterian College began in 1919 as one of the first programs in the country. The College’s Hall of Fame was established in 1988 to honor distinguished ROTC graduates; 34 outstanding alumni have been inducted into the hall of fame.

The Captain Kimberly Hampton Leadership Award was presented to Lee-Ann Salim, a junior from East Islip, N.Y.

The Hampton Leadership Award honors and commemorates Captain Kimberly Hampton’s achievements at Presbyterian College, her service to the country, and her ultimate sacrifice given in Iraq on Jan. 2, 2004 when her OH-58 Kiowa Warrior Helicopter was shot down near Fallujah.

The Wysor Saber was awarded to Merck Coleman, a Lander University senior from Six Mile, S.C.

The Wysor Saber is presented annually to the top graduating cadet from the ROTC program. Colonel Robert E. Wysor presented the first saber in 1932. Wysor served in World War I and World War II, earning the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit in combat. For eight years between the wars, he ran the ROTC program at Presbyterian College. 

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