When 12 U.S. Army generals visit Fort Jackson in February for ROTC training, it will be a homecoming for half of them.
Three of the generals are native South Carolinians who graduated from state colleges, according to a news release from Fort Jackson. Two more earned their degrees at state schools, and one general lives in Greer.
The generals are commanding generals to directors of Army staff and represent commands as far away as Utah, Texas and Kansas.
They will be at Fort Jackson Feb. 7 for a day of mentorship and leadership development with about 300 ROTC cadets from 10 colleges and universities in North and South Carolina, according to the release. They will attend panel discussions, speed mentoring and presentations on various topics.
Cadets will attend from schools including Clemson University, The Citadel, Duke, Furman, North Carolina A&T and the University of South Carolina, and Wofford College.
The event was held at Fort Jackson last year because of its central location where cadets could easily commute for a day of mentoring. It began in 2018 at South Carolina State University, where more than 200 cadets from seven ROTC battalions participated.
Lt. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty, now serving as deputy commander for U.S. Army European Command, organized the first ROTC mentoring day.
“Last year, our event was a success both by the mentoring future leaders and the amount of support and guidance we gained from generals stationed throughout the Army,” said Fort Jackson commander Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr. “Some generals are able to return and others will have their first experience of meeting the great cadets we are producing here in the Carolinas. Plus, several have ties to South Carolina as either natives or students of a South Carolina college or university.”s