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The recent promotions of two South Carolina State University alumni in the U.S. Army brings to 19 the number of generals who have graduated from S.C. State — 15 through the Army ROTC program.

The promotion of Col. Kenneth D. Hubbard to brigadier general was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 25.

In addition, Brigadier General Bruce T. Crawford was recently confirmed for second star and major general.

Hubbard serves as director of the Operations and Support Division Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (financial management and comptroller) at the Pentagon.

He is the son of Orangeburg natives retired Col. Jerry and the late Miriam (Brailey) Hubbard.

Hubbard is a 1986 graduate of the South Carolina State Army ROTC Program. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Syracuse University and a master’s in national resource strategy from the National Defense University. His military education includes the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the U.S. Air Command and Staff College.

Prior to becoming the director of the Army Budget, Operations and Support Directorate, Hubbard served as the USFOR-A J8 while assigned as the V Corps G8. Other previous assignments include 3rd Infantry Division, Ft. Stewart, Ga.; NATO assignments as joint plans officer in Croatia/Bosnia; contingency operations budget analyst, Army Budget Office; Joint Chief of Staffs, Pentagon; and Division G8 comptroller for 1st Infantry Division.

Hubbard’s deployments include participation in Operation Just Cause 1990 Panama; Stabilization Force 1998, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Iraqi Freedom 2009-2010, Iraq; and Operation Enduring Freedom 2012-2013, Afghanistan.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Army Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Iraq Campaign Medal with the Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Path Finder Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, the Department of the Army Staff Identification Badge and the Joint Service Identification Badge.

Crawford, son of Sarah L. Crawford and Daniel Alston Jr., graduated from Lower Richland High School in Hopkins and was commissioned in the U.S. Army Signal Corps after being named the Distinguished Army ROTC Graduate at S.C. State in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He also obtained a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University in 1997 and a master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2007.

Crawford is currently the commanding general of U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. As CECOM commander, he leads a worldwide organization and a multi-billion-dollar enterprise that serves as the critical link for the global readiness of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems and capabilities that provide the Army and America’s joint forces with the advanced information and technology they need to succeed on today’s battlefields. He commands more than 13,000 soldiers, government civilian employees and contractors around the world. As the senior commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground, he is also responsible for the force protection and oversight of three military installations with more than 22,000 employees.

Upon learning of his promotion to major general, Crawford credited his upbringing in South Carolina.

“The greatest lesson learned as a youngster growing up in South Carolina was to always treat everyone with dignity and respect. Additionally that everyone, regardless of their wealth, station or class, has value. … If you are committed, there is no limit to what you can accomplish or who you can become,” he said. “(I am) very proud of my South Carolina roots. In addition to family, most of whom still reside in Columbia, there are so many teachers, community leaders and friends who have had a tremendous positive impact on my life. My family has been blessed with some phenomenal opportunities.”

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