Townsend inducted into Tuskegee ROTC Hall of Fame

BY Jan Murray jmurray@southeastsun.com

Townsend inducted into Tuskegee ROTC Hall of Fame
The senior Army instructor for Daleville High School’s Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps program was inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame at Tuskegee University recently.Retired Col. Teresa Townsend, a graduate of Tuskegee, was made a part of the 51-member charter class of the newly established Hall of Fame during formal ceremonies Oct. 21.Tuskegee’s ROTC program first began in 1919. Townsend was commissioned as an officer in 1985 through TU’s ROTC program. She served in the Army—both active and in reserves— for 30 years.Townsend said Tuskegee’s rich military history led to the establishment of the Hall of Fame.According to the Hall of Fame Constitution, “The intention of the program is to honor those who have distinguished themselves by exemplifying those attributes of leadership, integrity, moral courage and self-discipline…All persons commissioned into the Armed Forces of the United States, participated in the ROTC program at Tuskegee University or earned a commission upon graduating from Tuskegee University, and pursued the military service as a career are eligible for induction …”Additional requirements in terms of rank attained also are in place as well as a provision for the members of the famed Tuskegee Airman and those ROTC members killed in action or missing in action to be automatically inducted.“…What struck me is all the history behind me. Some of these people are legends…Just to be sitting there and to think that I am one of them being inducted into the Tuskegee University Hall of Fame…It is just really humbling,” said Townsend.In the state of Alabama, only three females, including Townsend, serve JROTC programs as an SAI and retired Colonel. She is the first female and the first African-American to lead the Daleville program, having taken the reins of the program in July. 
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