SSU’s NROTC Unit to receive Thurgood Marshall Award

The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) unit at Savannah State University has been selected to receive the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Outstanding ROTC Program Award. This distinguished honor was presented at the “Salute to Diversity” reception on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Washington, D.C., at the Gallup World Headquarters, 901 F Street, NW.

Savannah State’s NROTC unit was one of the five programs to be recognized during the reception from among the 47 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) nationwide. The other outstanding ROTC units are as follows: West Virginia State University (Army), Florida A&M University (Army), Virginia State University (Army) and Fayetteville State University (Air Force).

Additionally, five distinguished Flag Officers from each of the military branches of service will be recognized as follows: General William E. Ward, Commander, United States Africa Command; LTG Ronald S. Coleman, Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; LTG Edward Rice, Jr., Commander of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force; Rear Admiral Manson K. Brown, Commander of the 14th Coast Guard District, Honolulu, Hawaii; and Rear Admiral Michelle Howard, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy.

TMCF is committed to acknowledging the outstanding ROTC programs at its member universities. The award reception seeks to highlight the many achievements made by current and retired flag officers in a continuing effort to increase the number of young and diverse officers. The program also endeavors to keep students informed of the many career opportunities and benefits that exist within the armed forces.

Established in 1890, Savannah State University is on the move to become the best value-added university in the nation. The university’s approximately 3,400 students are enrolled in 23 undergraduate degree majors and five graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology.

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