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FORT JACKSON -- Fort Jackson is bringing together senior Army leadership and ROTC cadets from nine North and South Carolina colleges and universities Feb. 1 for a day focused on mentorship and leader development.

Army generals will participate in the event to lead, inspire and motivate future leaders of the Army.

"We have several Army leaders willing to give their time, energy and experience to assist our local ROTC programs in producing leaders of character and the leaders we need for an uncertain future," said Fort Jackson commander Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr., a South Carolina State University graduate. "South Carolina has a great reputation across our Army for producing quality officers; our goal is to continue to foster and cultivate this tradition of excellence for our ROTC programs."

The more than 300 cadets attending will come from S.C. State, The Citadel, Clemson, Furman, North Carolina A&T, Presbyterian, North Carolina-Charlotte; South Carolina and Wofford.

Last year, the event was held in Orangeburg at S.C. State, where more than 200 cadets from seven ROTC battalions participated. It was developed and orchestrated by Lt. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty, an S.C. State graduate who currently serves as the deputy commander for U.S. Army European Command.

Eleven Army generals plan to attend this year. Some are from South Carolina or went to college in the state.

Among them will be Brig. Gen. Twanda E. Young, a Claflin University graduate who participated in the Army ROTC program through the cross-enrollment agreement with S.C. State. She was the first female commissioned from the Claflin ROTC program to earn the rank of brigadier general.

Young on Thursday was in Orangeburg to speak at Claflin's Leader-in-Residence program, which allows persons who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their field and career to assist Claflin students and faculty by lending their expertise to specific projects, provide advice and suggest improvements to the Claflin curriculum and help with establishing project partnerships.

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