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Five UTM alumni inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame

Five UTM alumni inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame

Posted: Monday, May 3, 2010 12:17 pm

The Messenger 05.03.10
The University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawk ROTC Battalion inducted five alumni into the ROTC Alumni Hall of Fame at a recent ceremony.
Among those inducted were Maj. Gen. Mike Maloan, UT Martin Class of 1972; Col. James W. Adams, ROTC Class of 1984; Col. Leith A. Benedict, ROTC Class of 1985; retired Col. James W. Danley, ROTC Class of 1978; and Col. Stephen E. Walker, ROTC Class of 1981.
“The ROTC Hall of Fame induction ceremony is an event that recognizes the achievements of five distinguished University of Tennessee at Martin’s graduates,” said Lt. Col. Angela M. Odom, professor of military science. “We are honored to induct these individuals into the ROTC Hall of Fame, as they have made significant contributions to the service of our nation.”
Maj. Gen. James R. Sholar, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008, was the guest speaker. Sholar assumed the position of deputy commanding general, United States Army Reserve Command, in 2009. Previously, he commanded the 88th Regional Support Command, Fort McCoy, Wis., from September 2006 to July 2009.
He also served as senior commander at Fort McCoy from January 2008 to July 2009.
Retired Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, United States Marine Corps, also attended the ceremony. He is a UT Martin alumnus and a member of the ROTC Hall of Fame.
UT Martin ROTC Alumni Hall of Fame has six general officers among the 17 total. A total of 631 officers have been commissioned through the Department of Military Science and Leadership since 1964, when the Army awarded the university “senior” ROTC status.
Maloan currently serves as the deputy adjutant general, third in command of the Army Tennessee National Guard.
Maloan received a direct commission in 1988 in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Prior to receiving his commission, he served as an enlisted member of the 164th Support Squadron, Tennessee Air National Guard. Maloan serves as presiding judge and chancellor of the 27th Judicial District, which includes Weakley and Obion counties.
Prior to his arrival to the Army staff, Adams served as the deputy brigade commander of 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Adams is currently serving as a senior strategic planner in the Office of the Director of the Army staff. He was commissioned a second  lieutenant of armor in December 1984, upon graduation from UT Martin.
He received a bachelor of science degree in business administration. Adams’ military education includes the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Infantry Mortar Platoon Officer Course, the Junior Officer Maintenance Course, the Cavalry Leaders Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College, where he was awarded a Master of Science in national security strategy.
Benedict serves as the executive officer to the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
Benedict was commissioned in U.S. Army Signal Corps in August 1985, after graduating from UT Martin with a bachelor of science degree  in mechanical engineering technology. He holds a master’s degree in telecommunications from Webster’s University and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Danley retired from the U.S. Army in 2003. He attended UT Martin, where he received a bachelor of science degree in natural resources management and was commissioned in infantry as an ROTC Distinguished Graduate in 1978. He also holds a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from UT Martin.
Walker is the commander of the Defense Energy Support Center Europe and Africa (DESC-EA). He has served more than 29 years in the Army in assignments around the world. He was commissioned in 1982 as a quartermaster officer.
Walker holds a master of science degree in logistics management from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

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