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Citadel News Service
20 Feb 2014

Prestigious national and state awards presented to cadets

Gibbons and Moody to be honored at S.C. Corps of Cadets dress parade

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Two members of the S.C. Corps of Cadets have earned prestigious awards setting them apart as leaders among their peers in the state and the nation. Cadet Lt. Col. Lee Brock Moody Jr. has been honored with the General Douglas MacArthur Cadet of the Year Award, and Cadet Lieutenant Samuel L. Gibbons has been honored with The Medal of the Society of the Cincinnati Award, South Carolina.

Each year, the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation presents the MacArthur Cadet Award to the most outstanding cadets of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States. Moody, a political science major, was selected for his exemplary leadership, academic record and his high level of engagement in mission success.

Moody's academic achievements include recognition on The Citadel's Dean's, Commandant's and President's Distinguished Service Lists. He also received the prestigious Gold Star awards representing the highest level of academic achievement and engagement. Since his freshman year, Moody has been a leader in the Corps, and has served in various positions within his company and battalion. His performance as a Company and Battalion Clerk, Company Drillmaster and Cadre Squad Sergeant spotlighted his dedication to mission success, ability to mentor those around him, and exceptional problem solving skills. Thus as a senior he was selected as the Regimental Executive Officer.

Moody scored an excellence rating in all military evaluations during Army summer training. Upon graduation, this spring, he will be commissioned as a United States Army Chemical Officer, reporting to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

The objective of the General Douglas MacArthur Cadet of the Year Award is to encourage the students of the member institutions to emulate the qualities exemplified by General Douglas MacArthur when he was a cadet at the West Texas Military Institute and the United States Military Academy at West Point. The award is given to the senior class cadet at each of schools with the most soldierly performance with consideration for academics, athletics, and leadership in accordance with the standards of each respective institution.

Cadet Lt. Samuel L. Gibbons, a political science major from Lexington, S.C., has earned The Medal of the Society of the Cincinnati Award, South Carolina. The Medal is awarded annually to the senior cadet officer who best exemplifies the combined qualities of a good soldier and good citizen − characteristics which were evident in the patriots who fought to obtain America's freedom.

Gibbons has distinguished himself academically earning Gold Stars and Dean's List recognition every semester at The Citadel. He holds a 3.8 cumulative GPA in a 4.0 system. Several scholarships have been awarded to Cadet Gibbons. These include the South Carolina Life Scholarship, the General Pickett Scholarship, and the Iraq-Afghanistan Scholarship. He has also been named to the President's List and the Commandant's Distinguished Service List in recognition for his overall cadet performance. All of these honors serve as a clear statement of his high performance initiative and his leadership potential.

Gibbons is a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He accepted the call of duty in what would have been his sophomore year and deployed with his unit to serve in Afghanistan, earning two certificates of commendation for his performance of duty and leadership while there. Upon his return to The Citadel, he had the choice of being a Veteran Student or a Cadet. He chose to return to the S.C. Corps of Cadets and to be a part of training and leading the Class of 2016. He served as their Cadre Platoon Sergeant. This year he accepted the same responsibilities with the Class of 2017 as their Cadre Platoon Leader. Gibbons joins the other distinguished Society of the Cincinnati recipients whose names are engraved on the memorial plaque located in the entrance lobby of The Citadel's Bond Hall.

The Medal of the Society of the Cincinnati Award bears the name of a Roman farmer, Cincinnatus, who left his farm to take up arms and fight for his city. A successful general, he was an acclaimed dictator, but chose instead to return to civilian life. The officers who served in the Continental Army formed the Society. Their charter members included George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Marquis De Lafayette. South Carolina's chapter was established in 1783 and is one of the six original state societies that have been in continuous existence since that time.

The cadets will be formally recognized at dress parade at 3:45p.m., on Fri., Feb. 21, 2014. The event is open to the public.