Air Force colonel’s sky-high career comes in for a landing at Clemson

The impact of Clemson’s Reserve Officers Training Corps program was on full display as Air Force Col. Keith Balts, commander of Clemson’s Air Force ROTC, capped a 28-year career of service during a pandemic-safe retirement ceremony September 18. Balts’ extraordinary career is a testament to the caliber of leaders Clemson’s ROTC program attracts. One of them, four-star Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, commander of the U.S. Space Force and the highest-ranking graduate in the history of Clemson’s ROTC programs, officiated over the ceremony.

Two distinguished alumni will receive Clemson’s highest honor

Clemson University will award its highest honor, the Clemson Medallion, to two distinguished alumni — Professor Emeritus Beverly “Ben” Skardon and Trustee Emeritus Allen Price Wood. Skardon and Wood will be honored at a presentation ceremony in February 2020. The Clemson Medallion is presented to individuals who have rendered notable and significant service and support to Clemson University and who exemplify the dedication and foresight of university founder Thomas Green Clemson.

Prisoners of war from WWII, Korea and Vietnam share Clemson University stage

Three remarkable men, representing three hellish wars that have become cornerstones of American history, shared a stage at Clemson University Thursday, Oct. 4. It was the first, and likely will be the only time living prisoners of war from WWII, Korea and Vietnam appeared together at the university that was founded in 1889 as an all-male military college and, according to current president Jim Clements, still prides the military leaders forged in its Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs and their extraordinary deeds in service to the nation above all else that it does.

Prisoners of war from WWII, Korea and Vietnam share Clemson University stage

Three remarkable men, representing three hellish wars that have become cornerstones of human history, shared a stage at Clemson University Thursday, Oct. 4. It was the first, and likely will be the only time living prisoners of war from World War II, Korea and Vietnam appeared together at the university that was founded in 1889 as an all-male military college and, according to its current president Jim Clements, still prides the military leaders forged in its Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs and their extraordinary deeds in service to the nation above all else that it does.

Living prisoners of war from WWII, Korea and Vietnam to share Clemson stage

Living prisoners of war from WWII, Korea and Vietnam to share Clemson stage

For what is believed to be the first time, and very likely will be the last time, three living veterans who survived years of captivity in three of the modern world’s defining wars – World War II, Korea, and Vietnam – will share a stage and microphone in Clemson University’s Tillman Hall auditorium from 3:30 – 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4.

A Tiger’s march

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. – The start of the 27th annual Bataan Memorial Death March was a raucous affair. Cannon fire sent 6,613 hard-charging and motivated athletes surging across the starting line and into the New Mexican desert under […]