Presbyterian College ROTC Program Prepares for Change of Command

Lt. Col. Shane Baker is completing a three year period of service as the leader of the ROTC program and professor of military science at Presbyterian College (PC).

The ROTC program at PC dates back to 1919 and is one of the strongest in the Upstate, having produced 18 Generals.

Under Baker’s leadership and direction the program has continued to excel. During the past three years, the number of commissioned officers to come from the program has been in the double digits with the numbers in Spring 2012 being the most since 1990.

“It has been an honor to work with the cadets at Presbyterian College,” said Baker. “The ROTC program at PC has made historical contributions to the Army and our nation and I’m proud to have been a part of it.”

Baker attributes the strength and success of the PC ROTC program to the school’s functioning honor code which speaks directly to the character traits required of cadets. The training of cadets is enhanced by local training facilities that include a land navigation course and enough terrain for tactical lanes and soldier skills training.

Other highlights of the training include helicopter training coordinated with the South Carolina National Guard and offsite specialty training programs such as airborne school, air assault school, combat divers course and cadet troop leader training.

Recent accomplishments of the PC ROTC program include the Ranger Challenge team winning a competition held at Fort Picket, Va.; Cathy Whitman named HRA of the year for the Fourth Brigade; and Master Sgt. Shawn Eaton named Fourth Brigade NCO Instructor of the Year and Cadet Command NCO Instructor of the Year.

Baker’s next assignment takes him to West Point where he will work with the Department of Foreign Language and teach Portuguese to cadets.

The program at PC will continue under the leadership of Lt. Colonel Brian Dunley who is coming from Fort Lee, Va.

Presbyterian College is a national, church-related liberal arts institution in Clinton, S.C., that offers a whole-person education to inquisitive students interested in lives that balance challenging academics, life-long friendships, and meaningful service. Small class sizes allow students to develop close relationships with faculty and peers. Honor and ethics are an integral part of the College culture, guiding students to become values-based leaders in their lives and careers.
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