West Virginia State University ROTC Hall of Fame to Induct Four New Members

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Sept. 26, 2019
West Virginia State University ROTC Hall of Fame to Induct Four New Members

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The West Virginia State University (WVSU) ROTC Hall of Fame will add four new members during an induction ceremony Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Fannin S. Belcher Theater of the Davis Fine Arts Building.

Joining the ranks of those enshrined in the ROTC Hall of Fame will be: Brig. Gen. (Ret.) David T. Buckalew, Col. (Ret.) Pamela L. Carter, Capt. (Ret.) Roger Chalmers, and 2nd Lt. (Ret.) Raymond McAllister.  The induction ceremony is free and open to the public and will also feature remarks from WVSU President Anthony L. Jenkins.

Buckalew, United States Air Force (USAF), earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from WVSU in 1976. He later completed training at the Academy of Military Science in 1983 and Air War College in 1999. Buckalew began his military career in the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing in Charleston, West Virginia, in 1971. He was commissioned in 1983 upon completion of the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science. He held a variety of full-time assignments at Wing level and State Headquarters, including Logistics Plans Officer, 130th Tactical Airlift Wing at Yeager Airport; Director of Staff, Air Headquarters, West Virginia Air National Guard; and Chief of Staff, West Virginia National Guard. His final assignment before retiring in 2015 was Director, Joint Staff, of West Virginia Joint Force Headquarters, in Charleston, West Virginia.

Carter has two bachelor’s degrees from WVSU where she also currently serves on the University Foundation’s Board of Directors. Carter had a 26-year career in the USAF as an aircraft maintenance officer specializing in logistics. Her commendations included the General Lew Allen, General Leo Marquee, and Howard Leaf Inspector General awards; the Hughes Trophy, and the Daedalian Maintenance award. Upon retiring from the USAF, she accepted a position with Boeing in 2004. At Boeing she served as Vice President of Business Development for Global Services & Support, a business unit of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. A two-time recipient of the Boeing Business Development Leadership award, she also was awarded the 2010 Women of Color Technology award; the 2012 Amelia Earhart Society Woman in Leadership award and received a Career Achievement award at the 2013 Women of Color STEM conference.

Chalmers was active in the Sociology Club, Pershing Rifles, Pan Hellenic Council, ROTC band (Commander) and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. while at State. Chalmers graduated from State in 1965 and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He served in Orleans, France, as an Army Corp Communications Officer and Platoon Leader. He was promoted to First Lieutenant and transferred to Portiers, France, serving as a company commander. His last assignment was in Germany, where he was promoted to captain while serving as an action officer on the General’s Strategic Army Command. He spent three years on active duty and was honorably discharged from the military in 1968. Following military service, Chalmers worked in Fortune 500 companies in various management positions in labor relations and human resources for more than 40 years.

McAllister was accepted to WVSU with a four-year scholarship in the fall of 1946 at the age of 16. He graduated from WVSU in 1950 and at the age of 20, was commissioned a second lieutenant. He served four years in the following units:  the 98th Field Artillery All American Battalion where he became the youngest Master Paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 589th Field Artillery Battalion at Camp Polk, Louisiana; and 780th Field Artillery Battalion in Korea in the Far East Command. In 1954, McAllister returned to civilian life in Durham, North Carolina. He was employed by the United States Veterans Administration and later worked with the United States Postal Service, from which he retired. 

Since its inception, the Yellow Jacket ROTC Battalion has commissioned over 900 men and women as second lieutenants in the United States Army as well as produced more General Officers than any other ROTC program of its size in the country.

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