New Army ROTC cadet commander takes leadership

1/16/2014


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (January 16, 2014) — The Golden Tiger Battalion recognized its new leadership Wednesday with a time-honored rite of passage. Cadet Lt. Col. Kendra Singleton was honored as the new cadet commander of Tuskegee’s Army ROTC battalion during a change of command ceremony. The outgoing commander is Cadet Lt. Col. Quinetta Forby.


Left to right: Master Sgt. Freddie Green, senior
military instructor; Forby, Singleton, and Lt. Col.
Robbie J. Cross, Tuskegee University Army
ROTC commander.

The entire battalion, instructors, friends and family gathered in the Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Museum to watch Singleton accept the unit’s guidon or military flag. She will serve until May. Singleton is a senior electrical engineering major from Montgomery, Ala. She is a member of the Alabama Club and National Society of Black Engineers. 

She was the cadet battalion commander for her high school JROTC program at Sydney Lanier High School in Montgomery. Her accomplishments at Tuskegee include MS III TAC for the Golden Tiger Battalion in 2013, the Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) in Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Drill Commander, Color Guard, Ranger Challenge Team, Army Ten Miler team and the Superior Cadet Award. When she graduates in May 2015, she hopes to be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and serve as an engineer officer.

Awesome responsibility

To be promoted to battalion commander, a cadet must perform well academically, show leadership and character; have a good work ethic and be dependable. Singleton said she is honored to be chosen for the post and grateful for the opportunity to lead by example. 

“[As commander], you set the standards, but you follow the standards as well,” she said. “To lead, you have to be a follower first. ”

Singleton’s predecessor, Forby, said that a battalion commander is responsible for everything their unit does from attending physical training to holding events. She said being the point person can be very demanding, but offered some helpful advice to Singleton. 

“Stay on top of things,” she said. “When the calls come, say ‘O.K.,’ get it done, keep it moving. ”

Forby is a senior psychology major from McDonough, Ga. She is a member of the Golden Tiger Track Team, Tuskegee University Psychology Club, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, Ranger Challenge Team and Color Guard, and is events coordinator for the Tuskegee University English Club. She was also a member of the Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Pipers Band.

When she graduates, Forby plans to enter the medical service corps and later become an Army psychologist. 

Tuskegee University Army ROTC commander, Lt. Col. Robbie J. Cross, said the change of command ceremony is a respected tradition, but it also signifies a professional milestone. 

“It’s about the cadets embracing the awesome responsibility and challenges for what their futures are: leading America’s children,” Cross said. “I charge Singleton to take the reins from Forby and continue to do great things.”

© 2014 Tuskegee University

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