Citadel's first woman regimental commander

Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) — Cadet Sara J. Zorn will make history as the first woman to lead the South Carolina Corps of Cadets as regimental commander at the Citadel Military College.

Regimental commander is the highest-ranking cadet officer in command of the entire 2,350 student Corps. It's the first time a woman will lead the corps of cadets in the history of the 175-year-old military college.

The Office of the Commandant named the rising leadership in for the 2018-19 academic year on March 20, on the actual 175th Anniversary of The Citadel. A formal installation ceremony will be held at a later date.

"Cadet Zorn has fully embraced the cadet experience, excelling in academics, character, military and fitness," said Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, the 19th president of The Citadel. "The regimental commander and the cadet leadership team set the tone for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, and Cadet Zorn has shown she's the perfect choice for this leadership opportunity."

Zorn is a junior from Warrenville, South Carolina, majoring in Business Administration and attending The Citadel on an Army scholarship. She is currently a member of the regimental staff, serving as regimental sergeant major.

"My attention will be fully committed to leading the South Carolina Corps of Cadets according to our core values of honor, duty, and respect," Zorn said. "It is my goal to empower our officers to become the best servant-leaders they can be."

The other eight cadets comprising the top nine of the Corps include:

  • David J. Days - Regimental Executive Officer
  • Michael A. Sementilli - 1st Battalion Commander
  • Richard B. Delkold - 2nd Battalion Commander
  • Cedric T. Barnes - 3rd Battalion Commander
  • Andrew N. Snoke - 4th Battalion Commander
  • Mitchell J. Felt - 5th Battalion Commander
  • Alexander Davis Honor Committee Chairman
  • Matthew Lanetti Regimental Academic Officer

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