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VSU ROTC General Officers

Four Star General Officers

  • Dennis F. ViaDennis L. Via

Three Star General Officers

  • alonzoAlonzo E. Short, Jr.

Two Star General Officers

  • Ernest R. MorganErnest R. Morgan
  • Leo A. BrooksLeo A. Brooks
  • W. Montague WinfieldW. Montague Winfield

One Star General Officers

  • AlfredAlfred J. Cade
  • Bert W. Holmes, Jr.Bert W. Holmes, Jr.
  • Sheila R. BaxterSheila R. Baxter
  • BG Charles R. HamiltonBG Charles R. Hamilton
  • BG Alfred F. Abramson IIIAlfred F. Abramson III
  • BG William L. ThigpenBG William L. Thigpen
  • BG James S. Moore JrBG James S. Moore Jr

Notable Facts

  1. LTC (Ret) Irene F. Logan, first female commissioned in the ROTC program in 1976.
  2. COL Sheila R. Baxter, 1978 graduate, is the first female promoted to BG.
  3. MAJ Ester Sharpe, 1987 graduate, first female from Virginia State University deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Shield
  4. COL Velma Richardson, Assistant Professor of Military Science '80-'83, first female from the ROTC Staff promoted to BG.
  5. LTC (Ret) Veronica L. Baker first female to serve as PMS since the program originated in 1947 by LTC (Ret) Robert M. Hendrick, Jr.
  6. MG Leo A. Brooks is the father of BG (Ret) Leo A. Brooks, Jr. and GEN Vincent K. Brooks, currently the Commander, U.S. Army Pacific.


  • 2000 General Douglas MacArthur Award, Best Battalion US Army Cadet Command, Medium School Category
  • 2009 Thurgood Marshall College Fund Outstanding ROTC Program Award 
  • 2010 Thurgood Marshall College Fund Outstanding ROTC Program Award

Distinguished Alumni

VSU graduate, 1LT Ruppert Sargent, was the first Black officer in history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
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