Current Status Bill Number:
4888Type of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution CRIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19960409Primary Sponsor: FulmerAll Sponsors: Fulmer, Hallman, Whatley, Limehouse and HarrellDrafted Document Number: pfm\9209sd.96Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19960409Subject: Lieutenant General Claudius E. "Bud" Watts, III
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 19960409 Received from Senate Senate 19960409 Introduced, adopted, returned to the House House 19960409 Introduced, adopted, sent to SenateView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
RECOGNIZING AND COMMENDING LIEUTENANT GENERAL CLAUDIUS E. "BUD" WATTS III, U.S. AIR FORCE, RETIRED, FOR HIS CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND FOR HIS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY, STATE, AND FAMILY, AND EXTENDING CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES TO HIM UPON HIS RETIREMENT AS PRESIDENT OF THE CITADEL.
Whereas, General Claudius E. "Bud" Watts III has recently announced his retirement as President of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina; and
Whereas, General Watts has brought honor to himself, his family, the State of South Carolina, and his country through his distinguished military service, his selfless commitment to family and duty, and to his outstanding tenure as President of The Citadel; and
Whereas, General Watts was born on September 22, 1936, in Bennettsville, South Carolina, and was raised in nearby Cheraw; and
Whereas, General Watts is married to the former Jane Sims of Marianna, Florida, and the couple has two children, Claudius E. Watts IV, Citadel Class of 1983, and Patti W. Heck; and
Whereas, General Watts earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from The Citadel in 1958, earned Gold Stars for academic excellence each semester, and was named a Distinguished Military Student; and
Whereas, following his graduation from The Citadel, General Watts earned a master's degree in business administration from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, completed Harvard University's Program for Senior Managers in Government, and attended the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Fulbright Scholar; and
Whereas, General Watts completed pilot training in 1960 at Craig Air Force Base in Alabama, and was assigned to the 17th Air Support Squadron at Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina; and
Whereas, General Watts was graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College; and
Whereas, General Watts served in Southeast Asia from December, 1967, until December, 1968, with the 12th Special Operations Squadron in Vietnam where he flew two hundred and seventy-six combat missions; and
Whereas, during his career, General Watts served in various capacities in the U.S. Air Force, including assignments at the Headquarters for the U.S. Air Force; and
Whereas, during 1985, General Watts was named Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense; and
Whereas, General Watts was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General on December 1, 1986, and retired from active duty on September 1, 1989; and
Whereas, General Watts is a command pilot with more than seven thousand flying hours and has received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, eleven Air Medals, the Vietnamese Service Medal with two service stars, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm; and
Whereas, General Watts was named the seventeenth president of The Citadel on June 23, 1989, and has served with distinction since that time; and
Whereas, General Watts is involved in a host of civic and military organizations too numerous to list in one resolution. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina commends Lieutenant General Claudius E. "Bud" Watts III for his selfless dedication to his state, country, and family and extends congratulations and best wishes to him upon his retirement as President of The Citadel.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to General Watts.