Vanderbilt University Army ROTC Hall of Fame
Major General William E. Potts, USA, Retired
Williams graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1958 and was commissioned through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Vanderbilt. General Potts was Chief of Ordnance from 1983 to 1986. His tenure as Chief of Ordnance was marked by improvements in unit and individual training, improved methods of identifying and securing the best qualified men and women to serve as ordnance officers, and the stimulation of interest among warrant officer candidates in technical career fields. He placed considerable emphasis on standardization, not only within the Ordnance Corps, but also in cooperation with the other branches of the Army, the other services, and to some extent with NATO forces, notably those of Great Britain and West Germany. General Potts retired in 1987 and was inducted into the Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame in 1992.
Brigadier General Bernardo Negrete, US Army
Negrete graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1973 and was commissioned through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Vanderbilt University. He was initially branched in the infantry and served as rifle platoon and support platoon leader. After flight school he served in aviation positions including aero-weapons section leader and aero-rifle platoon leader, assault platoon commander, attack platoon commander, headquarters company commander, attack company commander, aviation battalion S3, aviation brigade executive officer, aviation battalion commander, aviation brigade commander, and chief of staff and deputy commander for operations, U.S. Army South, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. General Negrete is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Course, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the United States Army War College.
Brigadier General Stephen L. Jones, USA
Jones graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1974 and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1978. He currently serves as Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force Capital Regional Medical. General Jones completed training in internal medicine and cardiology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and earned a master’s of science in national security studies from the National War College. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College, and National War College. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a member of the American College of Physicians, and American College of Physician Executives. Among numerous previous assignments, he has served as assistant surgeon general for Force Projection, U.S. Army Medical Command; command surgeon, U.S. Army Cadet Command; and command surgeon, Multi-National Force-Iraq.
Brigadier General Harrison V. Pittman, JR., ARNG, Retired
Harrison graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1955 and was commissioned through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Vanderbilt University. He was originally branched in the Army Security Agency, the forerunner of Military Intelligence. He later received a doctorate of dentistry from the University of Tennessee in 1959 and was concurrently commissioned again as a first lieutenant in the Army Dental Corps. Served in the Mississippi Army National Guard.
Brigadier General Brian McKiernan
McKiernan is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Army ROTC and holds master’s degrees in both operational research analysis and in strategic studies. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College and of the U.S. Army War College. He served in Korea as the operations officer for the 8th Army (U.S. Forces Korea) also as the commander of the 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. He currently serves as the commander of the U.S. Army Field Artillery School and Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, Ok.
COL (P) Hickman
A graduate of Vanderbilt University Army ROTC with a bachelor of science in business administration, Hickman also has an MBA from Vanderbilt and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. Notable positions Hickman has held include commander of 1st Battalion 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division both at Fort Campbell, Ky., and in Iraq, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division both at Fort Campbell, Ky., and in Iraq. He also served as executive officer to the commander, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. He currently serves as the deputy commander (operations), 101st Airborne Division.
For more information contact Kenneth Walden, Administrative Assistant, Vanderbilt University Army ROTC.
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