Four USC Upstate Students Are Commissioned at U.S. Army ROTC

December 15, 2009 at 11:29 am

The Southern Guards Battalion of the U.S. Army Reserve Officers Training Corps hosted the 2009 Commissioning Ceremony on Tuesday, December 15 at 9:00 a.m. at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Four USC Upstate students received their commissions as second lieutenants. Colonel Charles C. Heatherly, Jr. of the XVIII Airborne Corps, was the guest speaker for the ceremony held in the Campus Life Center Ballroom.

Those commissioned as second lieutenants are:

William L. Hardison, a criminal justice major, will be joining the Quartermaster Corps. He is headed for Fort Lee, Va. and plans to deploy for Afghanistan in November 2010. He is a graduate of Dorman High School.

Steven K. Huffling, a psychology major, plans to pursue a master’s degree in psychology, and will be stationed at Fort Eustis, Va. in the Transportation Corps. He is a graduate of Mauldin High School.

Joining the Infantry Corps will be Michael N. Quinn, a physical education major from Spartanburg. A graduate of Dorman High School, he will be stationed nearby with Bravo Company 118th Infantry in Gaffney, S.C.

Christopher D. Royalty is continuing the family tradition of Army service. Born and raised on Army bases, this computer information systems major will be attending signal school at Fort Gordon, Ga.

“There are no students of whom I am more proud than these four students,” said USC Upstate Chancellor John Stockwell in his remarks at the ceremony. “You have our respect for your choices, and you will be making a commitment to public service at its highest level.”

In his speech, Col. Heatherly, whose son is a member of the Southern Guards Battalion, said, “Leaders must be ready for a full spectrum of operations.” He reminded the newly commissioned officers to build trust within the unit, to believe in oneself, and to aspire to professional confidence through a progression of more difficult assignments. Col. Heatherly recently returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Multi-National Corps-Iraq, Director for Civil Military Operations.

For further information contact Capt. Simon Stricklen, enrollment and scholarship officer, at (864) 597-4338 or email him at More information on USC Upstate’s ROTC Program can be found on the Web at Wofford College is the host institution of the Southern Guards Battalion, which serves USC Upstate, Wofford College, Converse College and Limestone College.