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ETSU’s Army ROTC holds Hall of Fame induction

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JOHNSON CITY (November 1, 2013) — The U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at East Tennessee State University held an induction ceremony for the campus ROTC Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 1.

The ETSU ROTC Hall of Fame recognizes alumni, former cadre members and others who have distinguished themselves professionally and have made significant contributions to the ROTC program.

The new Hall of Fame members include:

• Dr. Linda Garceau, the dean of ETSU’s College of Business and Technology, for her support of the ROTC program.

• Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Jere Hickman, a member of the ETSU Class of 1955, who served in various airborne field artillery assignments and retired as chief of staff, 6th U.S. Army, Presidio of San Francisco.

• Capt. George Nichols, ETSU Class of 1962, who helped integrate the student body at ETSU. He was the first African American commissioned by the program. He served in Vietnam and pursued a career as an artillery officer before entering a civilian career in banking.

• Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Billy Stalcup, ETSU Class of 1957, had a distinguished 31-year military career, including 15 years of foreign duty. He retired as commanding general of the 200th Theater Army Materiel Management and Movement Center in Germany and continued in a civilian capacity with Computer Science Corp., providing logistics and support services to the Department of Defense.

• Capt. (Ret.) Freddie Williams, ETSU Class of 1963, had his military career abruptly ended when he was severely injured in a helicopter crash during a classified combat mission. After recuperating enough, he served as an aide to Virginia Sen. Harry Byrd Jr. followed by years of public service in Giles County Va.

For further information, contact the ETSU ROTC program at (423) 439-4269 or