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Thaddeus Pickett

Hometown: San Diego, California

Class of: 2012

Major: B.A. in Liberal Studies

Why I Chose Armstrong: “I needed to get a bachelor’s degree in order to go from being an NCO to an officer in the U.S. Army. Armstrong seemed like the perfect fit.”

Favorite Pirate Experience: Taking a Ceramics class with Professor John Jensen, which inspired Thaddeus to take two more art classes before graduation.

Why I Love Armstrong: “I love the campus and the arboretum. You kind of forget that you’re in the middle of the city.”

Best Advice: “Remember that the professors at Armstrong are always willing to work with you and help you out.”

From NCO to Officer via Armstrong

U.S. Army Captain Thaddeus Pickett submitted his application to Armstrong from the battlefield in Iraq.

After attending officer candidate school and serving his third deployment in Iraq, Thaddeus knew he wanted to earn a B.A. in Liberal Studies. He researched Armstrong, Savannah State University and Georgia Southern University before deciding Armstrong would be the perfect fit.

In order to make the transition from an enlisted soldier to an officer, Thaddeus was required by the military to have a college degree. He was accepted to Armstrong and had his paperwork approved by the U.S. Army before he returned to Fort Stewart in Hinesville.

This experienced soldier has served 19 years in the U.S. Army and deployed to Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. Taking classes at Armstrong helped him take his military career to a higher level and opened up new opportunities for the 41-year-old captain.

While stationed at Fort Stewart during his time at Armstrong, Thaddeus was part of the Army Student Detachment. He is planning to get a master’s degree in Education or History and hopes to become an ROTC instructor at Armstrong eventually.

“I think I can contribute to the ROTC program because of the knowledge I have of the military and my strong connection to Armstrong,” he says.

Thaddeus and his wife have been transferred to seven different military installations over the years, but they love the Savannah area best. This proud officer credits Armstrong with his current success.

“Armstrong has been perfect for me,” he enthuses. “It has definitely opened doors for the future.”

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