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40th Annual Spring Gala and Awards Ceremony
Leading and Excelling in a Time of Transformation
The “Stars and The Cadets”
$26,000 Awarded in Scholarships to 23 Cadets from around the USA!
Lieutenant Colonel Clydea Pritchard-Brown and Major Kim McGhee, Co-Masters of Ceremonies (MCs) for the 40th Annual Spring Gala and Awards Ceremony did an outstanding job as MCs. This was a special evening because it was in celebration of the 40th Anniversary for The ROCKS, Inc. and the Washington D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. The Spring Gala was Co-Hosted by The National Board of The ROCKS, Inc. and The Washington, D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. The host for the evening was Brigadier General (Retired) Earl Simms, Chairman, The ROCKS, Inc. The evening began in true military style with the presentations of colors by the Washington, D.C. Chapter President and Chairman for the 40th Annual Spring Gala, Colonel Conrado Morgan and the Joint Service Color Guard. Following the presentation of colors, Lieutenant Cyldellia Pritchard-Allen provided a stirring rendition of the National Anthem followed by Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Ernest Jones’s moving invocation.
The highlights of the evening was hearing comments from General Dennis Via, Commanding General, Army Materiel Command; General Vincent K. Brooks, Commanding General, United States Army Pacific Command after he received the ROCK of the Year Award; Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho, The Surgeon General and Commander, United States Army Medical Command after she received the Honorary Rock of the Year Award. Lieutenant General Horoho stated that is was an honor to receive the Honorary ROCK of the Year Award and that she understand that mentoring is a key element in making the United States Army work. Lieutenant General Horoho was presented the Honorary ROCK of the Year Award by Brigadier General (Retired) Clara Adams-Ender and Brigadier General (Retired) Earl Simms.
The majority of the evening was dedicated to awarding thousands of dollars in academic scholarships to college bound high school seniors and currently enrolled college students to assist them in realizing their dreams of completing college. Additionally, the numerous accomplishments of ROCKS chapters and individual members around the world were recognized and awarded. The cadet creed was lead by the Howard Bison and the three gold star mothers (Mr. Charlton and Mrs. Janice Chance, Mr. Kenmore and Mrs. Michelle Murphy, Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Vicki Perez) were given letters of thank you from Senator Ben Cardin from the state of Maryland by Washington, D.C. Chapter’s President.
In addition, Brigadier General Roscoe “ROCK” Cartwright’s family (Mrs. Tracey Cartwright-Johnson, Mrs. Bridget Cartwright Jones,
Mrs. Verda Cartwright and Mr. Roscoe Cartwright, III), Mrs. Carol Robinson, the wife of General Roscoe Robinson, Mrs. Phyllis Honor, the wife of Lieutenant Edward Honor and Mrs. Ann Burke, the wife of Colonel Robert “Bobby” Burke were recognized for their support over the last forty years.
Brigadier General (Retired) George Price, Colonel (Retired) Frank Francois, Colonel (Retired) Clarence Miller and Colonel (Retired) Harry Townsend represented the originating and chartered members. Colonel (Retired) Frank Francois gave an excellent history synopsis for the ROCKS from1974 to 2014.
The 40th Anniversary medallion was flown in from Korea and the glasses from Fort Leavenworth in honor of Brigadier Cartwright. He served at both of these duty stations. The evening concluded with many cadets and junior officers having a unique opportunity to chat and socialize with a wide variety of senior officers and others in attendance. Enjoy the photos in this edition and check out the full set of Gala photos at www.rocksinc.org (Photo Page List).
Mrs. Tracey Cartwright-Johnson, Mrs. Bridget Cartwright Jones,
Mrs. Verda Cartwright and Mr. Roscoe Cartwright, III and
Brigadier General Earl Simms (Retired (R), Chairman
Mrs. Carol Robinson and Brigadier General (R) Earl Simms, Chairman
Mrs. Ann Burke and Brigadier General (R) Earl Simms, Chairman
Washington, D.C. Chapter
The Chairman of the 40th Annual Spring Gala
and President, Washington, DC. Chapter
presents Howard University Cadet Nia D. Farmer with a Scholarship
Three Gold Star Mothers
Mr. Charlton and Mrs. Janice Chance, Mr. Kenmore and
Mrs. Michelle Murphy, Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Vicki Perez
Brigadier General (R) George Price (Originating and Charted member),
COL (P) Richard Dix and the Cadets from Virginia Military Institutes
ROCKs of the Year Award Winners!
General Vincent K. Brooks
Major General Gwen Bingham
Colonel Tony Polk, USA, Retired
Colonel Chuck Hamilton
Honorary ROCK of the Year Award Winner!
Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho
Colonel Robert “Bobby” Burke Award Winners!
Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Berry, Jr.
Lieutenant Colonel Clydea Prichard-Brown
Major Natasha Clark
The Chairman’s Awards Winners!
National Board of The ROCKS, Inc.
BG Clara Adams-Ender USA (Ret.)
MG Byron Bagby USA (Ret.)
COL Austin Bell USA (Ret.)
Mrs. Sharene Cook
COL Anita Dixon USA
COL Dorene Hurt USA (Ret.)
CPT Samatha Agee
CPT Eric C. Littlejohn USA
Fort Bragg, SC (All American Chapter)
CPT Jason E. Tolbert USA
Fort Leavenworth, KS (Buffalo Chapter)
MAJ Brian L. Adamson USA
MAJ James Crenshaw USA
MAJ Gennelle Lee USA
Washington, D.C. Chapter
LTC Shawn Hawkins USA
MAJ Kimberley McGhee USA
CPT Mark Preston USA
Fort Campbell, KY (Screaming Eagles Chapter)
MAJ Jacqueline Lewis USA
Fort Stewart, GA (Marne Chapter)
MAJ Roger M. Cabiness USA
1LT Jessica E. Main USA
MAJ Christopher M. Wells USA
Hampton Roads, VA
MG Frank Batts USA (Ret.)
CPT Laquisha Douglas USA
MAJ Charlotte Hazelwood USA (Ret.)
Seoul, Korea (Morning Calm Chapter)
COL Alfred E. Francis USA
LTC Glenda A. Gill USA
CPT Daviada M. Harris USA
San Antonio, TX (Sam Houston Chapter)
Ms. Jade Fulce
Kandahar, PENTAD ROCKS (Interest Group)
1LT Tie She’ L. Chavis USA
Bagram, Afghanistan (Interest Group)
MAJ Natasha S. Clarke USA
LTC Andre A. Golden USA
Colonel (Retired) Frank Francois, Historian and
Chartered and Originating Member with
Lieutenant General (Retried) Artur Gregg
Cadets reciting the Cadet’s Creed