Virginia State University ROTC Graduate Nominated for the Rank of Brigadier General
Published date: September 23, 2016
Virginia State University (VSU) is proud to add yet another achievement to its accomplished Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC) Program. VSU alumnus Colonel Alfred F. Abramson III has been nominated for the rank of Brigadier General, the fourth highest rank that can be achieved in the United States Army. Eight other graduates of the VSU ROTC Program have earned the rank of general officer. They include General Dennis L. Via, who is the first Signal Corps officer in history to earn the rank of Four Star General, and Brigadier General Charles R. Hamilton, who earned his commission from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School.
Colonel Abramson was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Chemical Corps in 1988 and has held a variety of management and leadership positions. Currently, he is the Deputy Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from VSU as well as a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Army War College, a master’s degree in strategic policy from the Naval War College, and a master’s degree in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University.
“Colonel Abramson adds to the outstanding legacy of the Virginia State University ROTC Program,” said Lieutenant Colonel David D. Johnson, who is VSU’s 25th professor of Military Science. “He epitomizes our mission to ‘recruit, educate, develop, inspire, and commission highly-qualified senior ROTC cadets that embody both the Warrior Ethos and the Army Values and are capable of exceptional service in the Army Profession. Colonel Abramson’s selection is a testament to the strength of the possibilities for graduates of the Trojan Nation.”