Tuesday, December 11, 2012
For more than 60 years, SC State University’s Bulldog Battalion has produced US Army officers that have honorably served our nation and represented SC State University well. The Bulldog Battalion is well respected and is known for producing top caliber leaders that extend beyond the military profession. The program has commissioned more than 2,000 officers, to include 16 general officers that have served in all branches of the Armed Forces. On Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Fine Arts Recital Hall, one cadet will join the ranks of many who have matriculated through the Bulldog Battalion and received commissions as second lieutenants in the United States (US) Army. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to be a part of the ceremony and this historic tradition.
Cadets that are commissioned through the Bulldog Battalion have successfully completed both University requirements to graduate and all of the requirements established by the US Army Cadet Command to be commissioned as a second lieutenant.
This year’s 2012 fall commissioning speaker will be Col. Terrence Murrill. Col. Murrill is the commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting and Retention School in Fort Jackson, S.C. He is a native of Sumter, S.C., and a 1991 distinguished military graduate from SC State, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. He holds a master’s degree of Military Studies from Marine Corps University’s Command and General Staff College, a master’s degree of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and Theology from the Minnesota Graduate School of Theology.
Commissioned as an infantry officer, his initial military assignment was at Fort Riley, Kan., with the 1st Battalion 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. He served in various infantry company grade positions until promoted to captain and selected to serve as the 2nd Brigade Assistant S2. After attending the Military Intelligence Transition and Advance Courses at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., he was assigned to III Corps at Fort Hood with an initial assignment as deputy G-2, 13th Corps Support Command (COSCOM). He was later assigned as assistant S2, 3rd Brigade and later S2 for 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.
Col. Murrill commanded the headquarters and Headquarters Company, 104th Military Intelligence Battalion, 4th Infantry Division. Col. Murrill served as the captain’s and later the major’s military intelligence assignments officer at the Human Resources Command. His next assignment was executive officer, 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 501st Military Intelligence Brigade in Yongsan, Korea. He was then assigned as an intelligence team chief and later military executive officer to the deputy director of the Defense Joint Intelligence Operations Center at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC. In 2007, he assumed command of the Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion and later deployed to Afghanistan as the chief of Operations in the Information Operations Directorate, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in 2009. He was later assigned as a special assistant to the Army Chief of Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
Col. Murrill’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Ranger Tab and the Expert Infantryman’s Badge. He is a graduate of the Airborne, Infantry Mortar Leaders Officer Course and the Bradley Commander Course. Additionally, he is a recipient of the coveted General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. He is married to the former Shaunya Mouzone of Boston, Mass. They have two children, Kaleigh (7) and Terrence Jr (5).
Lt. Col. Derrick Corbett, professor of Military Sciences at SC State is ecstatic that a longtime friend and graduate of the Bulldog Battalion will serve as the speaker for the ceremony. “Col. Terrence Murrill is a leader that embodies the seven U.S. Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless-service, honor, integrity and personal courage. As a military alumnus from SC State, he represents all that is good about the University and its Army ROTC Program,” exclaims Lt. Col. Corbett. “He is a dynamic speaker that motivates and challenges all to move beyond their comfort zones by not settling for mediocrity and confronting the obstacles and challenges that hinder personal and professional progress,” he continued.
One cadet, Jermaine Jordan, a senior, computer science major will follow in the footsteps of Col. Murrill and many others as he will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps. “Cadet Jermaine Jordan proves the relevance of our Army ROTC Program and the promise of SC State. I have watched this young man matriculate through our Army ROTC program and it’s evident to me that he is prepared and ready to lead. I am confident that Jordan will make us all proud and represent this institution well. His potential is limitless and his future is very bright,” says Lt. Col. Corbett. Subsequent to graduation, he will attend the Signal Corps Officer Basic Course at Fort Gordon, Ga. in January 2013.
For additional information about the 2012 fall Commissioning Ceremony, contact Lt. Col. Derrick Corbett at (803)536-8878.