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Bob Spearman ’75 Need our Help!

June 20, 2016

Let’s help get his 3rd novel published!


Bob Spearman’s third novel, Shrimpin’ Gold was selected for a Kindle Scout contest for unpublished novels. You can vote at

To vote you only have to sign in with your Amazon user-name and PW. If Shrimpin’ Gold is selected as a winner, each person who nominates will win a free e-book version from Kindle. Shem Creek is setting for the story of shrimpers, gold, and pirates.

At the URL site, they show the cover and the first 5000 words of the story. The contest started on June 18 and will last thirty days. So help a struggling writer.

More author Information and books published at
and while you are at it read his 1st two novels! . They are a great reads: Hard Road and Turf and Surf: Who Owns Your Paradise

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Former Citadel star Andre Roberts nominated for NFL’s Salute to Service award

November 12, 2015
Andre Roberts has a special affinity for military personnel and their families

Andre Roberts has a special affinity for military personnel and their families

By Jeff Hartsell
Nov 11 2015

The son of two U.S. Army members, Andre Roberts was born in Alaska and moved to Texas and South Carolina as his mom and dad were transferred from base to base. He even spent a year with his grandparents in the Virgin Islands while his parents served in Korea. And when Roberts starred as an All-American receiver at The Citadel from 2006-09, his connection to the military was cemented.

“It’s awesome,” Roberts said during a news conference Wednesday. “I get a chance to work with military kids and their families and to meet a lot of veterans and their wives, and that’s a blessing for me.”

Roberts, in his sixth season in the NFL, is known for his salute touchdown celebration, and each summer runs summer camps for military children. He’s hosted five military camps, including one at Joint Base Charleston in 2013.

“Since both my parents were in the Army, it was an easy avenue for me to get into, especially coming from The Citadel,” he said. “Being part of the military family, I understand what some of these kids have to go through, with moving and missing parents and stuff. I just want to be there to brighten their day, or if they want to talk to me about any of their situations.”

Roberts was among the players, coaches, personnel and alumni nominated by NFL teams who “demonstrate an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community.” Finalists for the Salute to Service Award, presented by, USAA will be announced in January, and the winner will be recognized at the fifth annual NFL Honors awards show in San Francisco on CBS on Feb. 6, the night before Super Bowl 50.

Who We, The Citadel & VMI, Are

November 10, 2015


By: Michael Patrick Westlund ’82 On a Citadel FB site.

I attended homecoming at my alma mater, The Citadel, today and we were victorious over our rivals, VMI. It was a hard fought game and much closer than the scoreboard reflected with the Citadel winning 35 to 14

Ok, so now you expect me to gloat and say all those sports clichés about whipping your rival. I won’t because of what occurred at the conclusion of the game. The two teams met and shook hands and hugged each other knowing for some this was the last time they would play at Johnson Hagood Stadium and also against their rivals from VMI. It was a time for joy at being 6 and 0 for the first time ever in the history of the school for the football team under second year coach, Mike Houston. The Corps of Cadets and the Alumni, myself included, were joyous over a great win and the last play being an intercepted pass from the VMI quarterback and run back for a touchdown with just 5 seconds on the clock. However, it was also a moment of reflection thinking of classmates gone too soon, brother and sister alumni in danger overseas serving in the armed forces and your days as a cadet so many years ago. It doesn’t get much better than that but it does, but as Paul Harvey used to say and now for the rest of the story.

The two teams joined together at midfield and the Silver Shako was exchanged by the President of VMI who gave it to President, Lt. General Rosa, Coach Houston, The Bulldogs Team Captain, and the Cadet Regimental Commander. It was a true display of class and sportsmanship at its finest. But it gets better, the two teams and the audience, were treated to the alma mater of VMI first and then the alma mater of The Citadel played by the respective school bands. As I stood next to my old classmate Cox, whom I have not seen since graduation in 1982, and we along with the other Alumni and the Corps of Cadets began “Oh Citadel, we sing thy fame” I began to mist up and realize how special and blessed I was to be part of that family, The Long Grey Line. The chorus of the assembled voices was awe inspiring and something special not seen often enough in our troubled country.

Today showed me that future is secure as long as these two fine institutions, VMI and The Citadel, continue to produce men and women forged in their foundry of leadership through shared sacrifice, dedication to country and god and whose lives serve as an example for others to follow. I love all of you my Citadel Brothers and Sisters and thank you for letting me be a member of your family.

Fallen Citadel graduate honored in classroom dedication

September 8, 2015


CHARLESTON, S.C. – The legacy of U.S. Army Capt. Dan Eggers lives on at his alma mater after family, friends and alumni gathered to dedicate a classroom in his honor. Eggers, a member of the Class of 1997, was killed in action in Afghanistan on May 29, 2004, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while returning to his Kabul base. He was a Green Beret detachment commander assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Senior Army officials made sure that he would be remembered by naming the Kabul compound Camp Eggers in honor of his duty and sacrifice. Camp Eggers served as a pivotal base throughout its time in use from 2004-14 in the global war on terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom with hundreds of Citadel graduates passing through the base.

“This is the tie between Camp Eggers and The Citadel. The plaque had to be brought home,” said Lt. Col. Rebecca Eggers, his widow. Now that the compound has closed, the plaque commemorating Eggers has been given to The Citadel. The ceremony held on Sept. 5 unveiled a new plaque, presented to the Eggers family, dedicating the senior Army ROTC classroom in the name of Eggers’ sacrifices. All senior Army ROTC cadets will pass through this room before commissioning in the footsteps of the late Eggers.

Attending the ceremony were Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. and Mrs. Rosa, Senior Military Science Professor Col. Mark D. Raschke, Lt. Col. Rebecca Eggers, as well as members of the Eggers family and the Class of 1997.

This article was written by Cadet Brianna Young, 2015-16 Regimental Public Affairs Officer.

Military children learn football from NFL receiver Roberts

June 9, 2015
(photo by David B. Hollingsworth the Virginian-Pilot)

(photo by David B. Hollingsworth the Virginian-Pilot)

By Matt McKinney
The Virginian-Pilot
© June 8, 2015

Nicholas Burd dreams of making big plays, dodging would-be tacklers and spending Sunday afternoons on the field with NFL players. So, naturally, it was a big weekend for the square-shouldered 14-year-old: He got to do all the above. Nicholas and about 135 other military children hit the gridiron Saturday and Sunday for a football camp with Washington Redskins receiver Andre Roberts.

The free camp, held at Oceana Naval Air Station, focused on football fundamentals and the importance of staying active. “Just to be on the same field as him is really special,” Nicholas, a Dallas Cowboys fan, said Sunday during a break from the action.

Roberts, a sixth-year pro out of The Citadel, grew up in an Army household and said he feels strong ties to military families. “That’s why I do this. I used to be in their position,” he said, recalling moving around the country and playing on sports fields at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Roberts said he attributes his success on the field to values he learned being around the military. “It showed me how to be strong and determined and work hard in everything I do,” he said.

Roberts joined the Redskins in 2014, finishing the season with 36 catches for 453 yards and two touchdowns.

On Sunday, campers ranging from first- to eighth-graders sprinted across the glistening turf, working on their passing, catching and footwork. Near the west end of the field, 7-year-old Gabriella Seda, an aspiring wide receiver, zipped back and forth, chasing after a fellow group member with the ball. Her favorite part of the camp: “Being outside,” she said.

That kind of response thrills Jeff Lowe, youth sports and fitness coordinator at the base. He said getting kids outside has been among his top priorities in 16 years on the job. And by that measure, the camp was a “huge success.” “It’s priceless,” he said. “They’re having a good time, learning teamwork and being active. It’s great.” Parents lined a nearby fence and sat in bleachers, watching their children learn the finer points of America’s favorite sport.

About halfway through the day, campers got to ask Roberts about his career, including which cornerback he would most like to “dust.” (Answer: Patrick Peterson, a former teammate with the Arizona Cardinals.)
“Why is football so special?” one youngster asked sheepishly. Roberts paused for a few seconds, then nodded. “Football’s the ultimate team sport. You can’t do it without 11 people on the field…. And that’s why I love it.”

Nicholas, who will start high school football in the fall, said he loves the sport because it offers an outlet for when his mother, an aviation ordnanceman, goes overseas. He’s seen her ship out to places like Cuba, Italy and Guam. And when she’s stationed elsewhere, he plays with her on his mind. “It’s about making the people you love proud,” he said, “especially when they can’t be there.”

’97 Grad gets leadership role at Joint Base Charleston

June 8, 2015
Lt. Col Currin is a '97 grad from Oscar Company

Lt. Col Currin is a ’97 grad from Oscar Company

Orangeburg Times-Democrat Staff Writer

“Yes! That’s exactly where I wanted to go,” 7-year-old Tessa exclaimed as she threw her hands in the air. Her father, Lt. Col. Scovill W. Currin Jr. of the U.S. Air Force, had just revealed the news to his family during dinner that they were relocating to Charleston, S.C. An Orangeburg native, Currin has been offered the command of the 437th Operations Group at Joint Base Charleston.

“I’m really excited to come back” Currin said. “I was ecstatic. This was really neat. For an Air Force pilot, it’s the ultimate job.” The 437th Operations Group provides C-17A combat-ready aircrews, mission support personnel and processes for 55 assigned aircraft to meet White House, Department of State and Joint Chiefs of staff-directed global deployment, employment and resupply of Department of Defense and allied forces via air, land and airdrop operations. The Operations Group also conducts worldwide emergency nuclear, aero medical, humanitarian and combat airlift operations.

Currin grew up in Orangeburg and graduated from Orangeburg Preparatory School in 1993. Originally having aspirations of becoming a college professor, Currin was an English major at The Citadel in Charleston. He recalls watching several airplanes fly over The Citadel, wondering what it would feel like to be a pilot someday. Signing up for Air Force ROTC led Currin to the next chapter of his life.

He joined the Air Force with the intention of staying in for just the minimum amount of years so he would no longer be in his parents’ pockets. “I liked the idea of paying my own way,” Currin explained. His time in the Air Force lasted longer than he thought, as he recently celebrated 18 years of service.

While serving, Currin earned his Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from George Washington University and Master of Airpower Arts and Sciences degree from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. He has also spent the last three years at Duke University completing a doctorate in history.

“I experienced the positive impact of a good leader and decided I wanted to positively impact lives,” Currin said. Currin has also completed a deployment in Al Udeid AB, Qatar, where he commanded the 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron and led a team of active duty, Guard and Reserve airmen who ensured successful combat missions for more than 80 aircraft.

Utah State to hire Troy’s John Hartwell as Aggies’ new athletic director

June 2, 2015
John Hartwell ('87 C Co) has been named A.D. at Utah State

John Hartwell (’87 C Co) has been named A.D. at Utah State

By Brandon Judd, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT

LOGAN — It appears Utah State has found its replacement for departed athletic director Scott Barnes.

A source within the USU athletic department confirmed to the Deseret News on Monday that Utah State will hire Troy Athletic Director John Hartwell to take over the position Barnes vacated when he left to become Pittsburgh’s new athletic director.Taylor Tannebaum of WTVY 4 in Dothan, Alabama, first reported Monday that Hartwell would leave Troy University — located about an hour outside of Montgomery, Alabama — and take the same position at Utah State, citing sources.
WSFA 12 in Montgomery reported that Troy is expected to make an announcement on Tuesday, according to sources. The school could not confirm the reports when contacted by the Deseret News.

Hartwell’s tenure as Troy’s athletic director began in the fall of 2012 after nine seasons as the senior executive associate athletics director at the University of Mississippi.During his time at Troy, Hartwell spearheaded efforts to bring upgrades to the Trojans’ athletic facilities. They included a new on-campus golf practice facility, a $3 million renovation of the Troy Softball Complex and $2.1 million in improvements to Veterans Memorial Stadium. Hartwell also joined with then-football coach Larry Blakeney and former Trojan Lawrence Tynes in 2013 to announce the North End Zone Project at the football stadium, a building with an estimated cost of $25-28 million that’s intended to help Troy in the college football arms race.

The 49-year-old Hartwell also hired several head coaches during his time at Troy. They included Phil Cunningham for men’s basketball, Beth Mullins for softball, Jason Hamilton for women’s soccer and Neal Brown last November to replace Blakeney as the school’s football coach.

Justin Woodberry hired as Riverside HS (Greenville SC) as boys basketballcoach

June 2, 2015
Justin Woodberry ('06 T Co.) addresses a gathering in the Riverside High gymnasium Monday after being introduced as the school’s new boys basketball coach.(Photo: BOB CASTELLO / Staff)

Justin Woodberry (’06 T Co.) addresses a gathering in the Riverside High gymnasium Monday after being introduced as the school’s new boys basketball coach.(Photo: BOB CASTELLO / Staff)

by: Bob Castello

The Greenville News June 1,2015

GREER – Justin Woodberry had been texting and talking on the phone with Riverside High School athletic director Murray Long, leading up to the big moment.
But by early Monday afternoon, Woodberry was having trouble coming to grips with the fact that Long had just introduced him as the Warriors’ new boys basketball coach.

“I’m still trying to believe this is really happening,” Woodberry said, “because it is such a big stage, and it is such a great opportunity.” Woodberry, 31, an assistant at Mullins High School for six seasons, replaces Greg Miller, who resigned after two seasons to become the head coach at Greer High. Woodberry, a 2001 Mullins graduate, helped his alma mater advance to three Class AA Lower State championship games and one state final.

Long said in going through the interview process, “One guy kept rising to the top.” “The categories we were looking for were the academics, the athletics, the character — all of that stuff rolled into one, and we really feel like we’ve found the best fit for our school,” Long said.Upon graduating from Mullins, Woodberry earned a football scholarship to The Citadel. He later spent six years serving in the National Guard.

“One thing I’ve taken from my coaches from my time in high school and in college is the work ethic that you put in,” Woodberry said. “I learned their work ethic, and learning that from them helped me to be successful. Even in high school, I knew that I wanted to impact the lives of young men because of the impact that my coaches have had on me.” Woodberry also served as an assistant football coach at Mullins for seven seasons, and he said he will help as an offensive assistant in football at Riverside. He is certified for special education, and he said he will serve as a resource teacher.

“The past couple years they’ve been building,” Woodberry said. “The success has been growing. It’s a great school. It’s in a great area. I got a chance to meet a couple of the kids, and I talked with the coaches about the kids. They seem like great kids. “The academic standards here are just top-notch. It’s just a great opportunity to be able to lead young men that hold themsevles to that standard, where they’re able to compete academically and athletically.

See Justin’s first interview here: ( you may have to copy & paste)

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Citadel Alum leads Armed Forces team to basketball gold

May 28, 2015
Micah Wessinger  '13 was a cross-country runner at The Citadel

Micah Wessinger ’13 was a cross-country runner at The Citadel

By Sam Copeland (Rock Hill, SC)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Micah Wessinger is back at work in her military role as the 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron installation deployment officer at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter. She recently took time out to play on the U.S. Armed Forces Women’s Basketball Team in the Headquarters AirCom Inter-Nation Basketball Tournament at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England.

Wessinger, a Chester native, played guard on the U.S. team and led the Americans to a gold medal with a 90-89 win over Germany. Wessinger picked up MVP honors for the tournament. The United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium and Poland also played in the event.

Wessinger finished the gold medal game with 19 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. More importantly, she made her final four free throws late in the game to help secure the victory. The 5-foot-6-inch shooting guard played all 40 minutes of the gold medal game, contributing at both ends of the floor. “I have been taught since high school about the importance of defense,” said Wessinger. “I have always liked playing defense. If you keep them from scoring, then you do not have to score as much.”

Bobby Seaberry served as coach of the U.S. women’s team and named Wessinger team captain at the start of the tournament because of her leadership. “She did a great job in the tournament,” said Seaberry. “She hit some big shots, knocked down some big free throws, and played hard defense to come away with a few steals and grab some big rebounds for the team.”

Wessinger grew up in Chester and loved sports at an early age. She played all sports growing up, and when she got to middle school she played volleyball and basketball. Once in high school she played basketball and ran track and cross country. “I really loved all sports,” added Wessinger. “I enjoyed playing all of them.” She was a starter in varsity basketball at Chester High School for four years. The first two were under head coach Ezekiel Washington, who is now the head boys’ basketball coach at Blythewood High School.“He was really strict, but he taught me a lot about hard work, sacrifice and teamwork,” Wessinger said. “I remember the workouts, and that work ethic has been helpful in other sports.”

Washington remembers Wessinger as a hard worker and a tremendous leader. “She wanted to be a good player from the beginning,” Washington said. “She really worked on being a good defensive player, and she was a good offensive player. She had a strong work ethic, she was a good leader, and she was very coachable.” Wessinger played her final two years at Chester High for coach Marilyn Milton. She enjoyed the up-tempo style of play that the Cyclones played, and she also liked the importance Milton placed on defense. “She was one of the hardest workers I have ever coached,” said Milton. “She never complained, and she did everything that we asked of her. She was a quiet leader on and off the floor. I am very proud of her recent accomplishments.”

Wessinger ran the 800 meters among other events in high school track. During her final three seasons, she won the state championship in the 800 meters. In addition she ran on several of the relay teams, which placed well in the state finals. “It would be hard for me say which is the most thrilling for me,” said Wessinger. “Winning state three times in track was awesome, but this basketball gold medal and MVP award is right up there.”

After high school Wessinger went to The Citadel on a track scholarship. She graduated in 2013 with a degree in accounting and earned an ROTC commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force. Wessinger adds that she has had a long list of role models as she grew up in Chester. “I would have to say my parents are at the top of the list,” said Wessinger. “They made me do things right. They made sure that I always did my school work first, and they instilled in me the value of hard work.”

The inter-nation basketball tournament will be played again in two years, and Wessinger is already looking forward to another opportunity to play in it. “I loved every minute of it this time around,” Wessinger said. She really enjoyed the travel and talked about the lasting friendships she made.“The travel was great. I enjoyed seeing those parts of the world,” she said. “The camaraderie among the team members was tremendous. We are already keeping up with each other on Facebook.”

Wessinger was selected for the team this time around because someone had seen her play in a previous tournament and sent her an email asking if she wanted to participate. After her performance in this year’s event, she will not be hard to find. She is nearing completion of her second year of a four-year military commitment, and she will still be in the Air Force when the next tournament is staged. “I have not ruled out making a career in the military,” Wessinger said. “Right now, I am not certain. Ask me in a year, and I will definitely know.”

Fleming receives prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Citadel

April 13, 2015
Dave Fleming (O '91) is the brother of Mike Fleming R '80.

David Fleming,’91 is the brother of Mike Fleming R Co.’80.

By: Melanie Kieve for Clemson Newstand
April 7, 2015

Clemson education professor David Fleming, (Oscar’91), has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Citadel and was inducted into the Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics.

David Fleming associate professor in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Citadel and was inducted into the Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics during the 2015 Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics Celebration in March.

Fleming received the prestigious award and induction into the academy for his national and international recognition of scholarly accomplishments in his field and his service to society and community.

Fleming is the principal investigator for GoalPOST (Goal-Oriented Performance in Out of School Time), a partnership between Clemson University and Anderson School Districts 1 and 4 that investigates informal learning activities among at-risk youth. He has also held leadership positions in professional organizations at the local, regional and national levels such as the American Educational Research Association and the Society of Health and Physical Education.