Thursday, April 06, 2017
SC State University’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Program will acknowledge the military achievements of three of its esteemed alumni at the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The program will be held on April 7, at 10 a.m. in the Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Fine Arts Recital Hall on the campus of SC State University.
The celebration of military excellence will continue Friday evening with another annual event, the Military Ball. This event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Kirkland W. Green Student Center.
The alumni whom the Bulldog Battalion will induct into its Hall of Fame are: Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Anthony Watson, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) John McLeod Jr. and Colonel (Ret.) Larry Boyd.
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Watson, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from SC State University and was commissioned into field artillery in 1984. Watson was also named Distinguished Military Graduate at SC State. He has earned two Master of Arts degrees in management and leadership as well as, procurement and acquisitions from Webster University. Additionally, his military education consists of basic and advanced field artillery courses. Watson also attended Combined Arms Staff Service School and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
During his active duty tenure, Watson served in the Gulf and Iraq wars. He has also held many leadership positions in Fort Ord, California and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He served as vessel chief in the 1189th Transportation Terminal Brigade in Charleston, South Carolina, as a U.S. Army reservist.
Watson’s servitude has rightfully been recognized, as he has received several awards including, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. Watson is also authorized to wear the Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab and Master Parachutist Badge.
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) McLeod received a Bachelor of Science in marketing and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in aviation from SC State. He also earned a Masters of Arts in management from Webster University. Among many other military courses, McLeod has completed the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course and U.S. Army Flight School. He also attended Combined Arms Services Staff School and U.S. Command and General Staff College.
During his active duty service, McLeod served as director of the Department of Aviation Trades Training, 128th Aviation Brigade at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Previously, he served as the support operations officer of the 82nd Sustainment Brigade.
McLeod also served in the Iraq War and held leadership positions in European countries such as, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. He also completed assignments in Afghanistan and Turkey, contributing to his distinguished aviation skills.
McLeod received numerous military combat service awards including, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Volunteer Service Medal. Moreover, he was given the Assault Badge and Senior Army Aviator Badge.
McLeod currently serves as the senior Army instructor for the Baptist Hill High School’s Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC). His JROTC Bobcat Battalion has been awarded the Meritorious Unit with Distinction award in 2015 and 2016. McLeod also chartered the school’s first National Honor Society and Junior Honor Society Chapters to help recognize the Cadets’ scholastic achievements.
Colonel (Ret.) Larry Boyd Sr., ’80, is a native of Newberry, South Carolina and a SC State Honors graduate. He graduated as Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He also commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and was named Distinguished Military Graduate by the Bulldog Battalion. Boyd is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. Boyd holds a Master of Science in general administration from Central Michigan University as well as a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
With over 30 years of service in the U.S. Army, Boyd served in a variety of command and staff positions around the world, including the completion of tours in Germany and Southwest Asia. Some of his highlighted assignments include serving as Commander, 3rd Signal Battalion and 3rd Theater Support Command.
Other assignments completed by Boyd include, operations in Kuwait, Qatar, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. He is also a veteran of the Iraq War.
Among his vast accomplishments, Boyd has received several awards, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
Boyd is a member of various professional, civic and community organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors of Omega Community Development, Inc. and is a member of the National Black MBA Association, as well as the NAACP. He is also a member of the SC State University Alumni Association, Military Officers of America Association and many more organizations.
Boyd is currently employed as the senior Army instructor for the Army JROTC program at Darlington High School in Darlington, South Carolina.