History of Bear Battalion
Mercer University has been producing military leaders since 1833, nearly a century before the establishment of Army ROTC. Most noteworthy among these men are Major General Blanton Winship, the Army's first Judge Advocate General, and Rear Admiral Richard E. Hawes. Although ROTC program was established in 1916, it wasn't until the passage of the National Security Act in 1947 that a full time ROTC program was established at Mercer University. The program quickly took hold on campus and numbered more than 100 Cadets for most of the 1950s and early 1960s. For more than sixty years, the Mercer ROTC program has produced a number of successful officers, many of whom left the military and were extremely successful in civilian careers. Take a few moments to honor those that have cleared a path for all future cadets by exploring the photo albums and news articles on this page.
The Honorable Nathan Deal, Current Governor of Georgia, 2011-Present
LTG (Ret) Claude M. Kicklighter, U.S. Army, Commanding General, Pacific; Assistant Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs, 2001-2005; Inspector General, Department of Defense, 2007-2008
BG (Ret) Ross W. "Bill" Crossley, U.S. Army, Former Chief of Staff V Corps, Frankfurt, Germany
LTG Perry Wiggins, Commanding General, U.S. Army North (Fifth Army)
BG (Ret) George J. Walker, Former Director of Intelligence/J2 of Forces Command
COL (Ret) Steven M. Boylan, Former Aid to GEN David Petraeus
Mr. Tony E. Calloway, Vice President, Primerica Financial Services
BG Michael L. Howard, Deputy Commanding General of Operations, 10th Mountain Division
Mr. Robert Hurt, Professional Staff Member in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate
BG William T. Thielemann, Georgia Army National Guard, Commander, 48th Infantry Brigade
BG (Ret.) Charles Stewart Rodeheaver, U.S. Army - Deputy Commanding General
Photograph albums of both current and past ROTC Cadets and events are viewable on Flikr and can be accessed by clicking on the links provided below by year. As we find both time and photographs, we will continue to upload and identify the event or time the photo was taken to the best of our ability. If you have photos to contribute or can identify yourself or others, please send us an e-mail. With ongoing staff changes and an ever changing Class of Cadets, information and specific details can be misplaced or overlooked. We appreciate it!
Articles, Media and Links
We've attempted to gather media related to former and current cadets to share with our Alumni and future Cadets. We urge our Alumni to keep us up to date on their "post Mercer" careers and lives by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any career or personal announcements you wish to share on our social media pages or our web page.