ROTC to Hold Cadet Change of Command Ceremony

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – On Thursday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m., SC State’s U.S. Army ROTC Bulldog Battalion Cadet Change of Command Ceremony will be held in the Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building on campus. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority from the previous cadet chain of command to the new cadet chain of command.

Cadet Change of CommandThe ceremony will include the passing of the colors, which illustrates that the battalion is never without official cadet leadership. Cadet battalion leaders are selected by the cadre, or military science instructors, for their leadership skills and ability to provide guidance to cadet battalion staff officers, company commanders and the cadet battalion command sergeant major. Cadet leaders are tasked with ensuring all activities and training is planned, coordinated and executed effectively.

Cadets Brandi McCoy, Jameka Watts and Jennifer Jeffcoat will have the opportunity to assume these responsibilities and lead over 150 cadets. Bulldog Battalion leaders stated, based on their institutional knowledge, that this will be the first time in the university’s history that the top three leadership positions will be held by female cadets.

Cadet Lt. Col. Jennifer Jeffcoat, a senior nuclear engineering major from Columbia, South Carolina, will become the battalion commander. She has been a member of the Honors College for four consecutive years and is currently enlisted in the U. S. Army Reserves. Upon graduation, she will commission as an active duty quartermaster officer.

Cadet Major Jameka Watts is a senior criminal justice major from Washington, D.C. She will become the battalion XO. Watts is a three-year U.S. Army ROTC Scholarship recipient and she will commission as an active duty signal officer.

Cadet Major Brandi McCoy, a senior agribusiness major from Columbia, South Carolina, will become the battalion S3. She is a three-year U.S. Army ROTC Scholarship recipient, Honorary Cadet and Presidential Scholar. McCoy will commission as an active duty adjutant general officer.

Currently led by chair and professor of military science, Lt. Col. Rodlin Doyle, the Bulldog Battalion’s mission is to educate and mentor adaptive leaders with critical thinking skills and the moral character to lead the nation’s Army and win in a complex world. The battalion partners with other universities to recruit, educate, develop and inspire senior ROTC cadets and coordinates with various high school JROTC programs to help develop citizens of character for a lifetime of commitment and service to the nation.

For more information about the ceremony or the Bulldog Battalion, contact Master Sgt. Bryan Butler at (803) 536-6881 or