HAMPTON, VA. (July 29, 2021) —Hampton University is excited to announce LTG(R) Darrell K. Williams ‘83 and MG(R) Arthur Holmes ‘52 have been selected for induction into the 2021 Cadet Command Hall of Fame.
“Congratulations to both men for this truly special recognition and to Hampton's Army ROTC faculty and staff over the years for launching their careers. Generals Darrell Williams and Arthur Holmes are shining examples of what Hampton does every day—prepare the best and the brightest to lead our great nation and the world at large," said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey. “Both of these men served our country with honor and distinction for more than 35 years. The Hampton University family is thankful for their service to our country as well as for them being great ambassadors for their ‘Home by the Sea’ and trailblazing a path for the many young men and women who came behind them to serve in the armed forces.”
The Cadet Command Hall of Fame honors graduates of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits. It provides a prestigious and tangible means of recognizing and honoring Army ROTC Alumni who have made lasting, significant contributions to the Nation, the Army and the history and traditions of the Army ROTC Program.
The Army ROTC Hall of Fame was established in 2016 as part of the ROTC Centennial celebration. The first class (2016) inducted 326 former ROTC Cadets who had distinguished themselves in their military or civilian careers.
Following the Class of 2021’s induction, there will be five Hamptonians in the Hall of Fame:
2016: MG(R) Wallace Arnold, LTC(R) Claude Vann, III,
2018: LTG Robert Ferrell
2021: LTG(R) Darrell Williams, and MG(R) Arthur Holmes
Details for the ceremony have not been released yet. However, their nomination narratives can be found under 4th Brigade and their last names at the link below:
LTG(R) Darrell K. Williams ‘83
Williams is the former Director of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA headquartered in Fort Belvoir, Va. Before retiring in 2020, he led a global workforce of over 25,000 military and civilian workers in the Defense Department’s supply and support network. He directed nine supply chains supporting the military, as well as federal, state, local and international partners. The DLA provides food, medical material, uniforms, and construction equipment, 98 percent of the Defense Department’s fuel, and the majority of spare parts for military weapons systems. He also oversaw the National Defense Stockpile, an international network of 25 distribution centers.
A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hampton, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the ROTC Program. He was commissioned into the Army Quartermaster Corps in 1983. During his Army career, he graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College as well as the School of Advanced Military Studies. Williams is also a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College. He holds master’s degrees in military arts and sciences, national security and strategic studies, and business management (logistics).
MG(R) Arthur Holmes ‘52
Major General Arthur Holmes, Jr., served almost four decades in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Commanding General. A highly distinguished officer, he won several awards and decorations, such as the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Distinguished Service Medal. Holmes began his military career as a member of a Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program at Hampton University. In June 1952, upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Filling a variety of
roles, Holmes served twice as a maintenance Battalion Commander, the second in Vietnam; a member of the Guidance and Procedures Branch of the Logistics Directorate for the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Chief Ordinance Branch of the Officer Personnel Director at the U.S. Army Military Personnel Center before becoming Commander of the Division Support Command for the First Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Riley, Kansas; and subsequently served as Assistant Division Commander-Support for the same unit, the first Combat Service Support officer to fill the position. Holmes then made history by becoming the first combat service support officer to serve as Executive Officer to the Secretary of the Army from 1977 until 1979. Holmes’ final post before retiring in 1987 was that of Commanding General, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command, where he oversaw the delivery of 30,000 tactical vehicles to the field with the highest level of user satisfaction yet achieved. On behalf of his service to the U.S. Army, in 1991 Holmes became an inductee in the 1999 Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame.
Holmes was born on May 12, 1931, in Decatur, Alabama. He earned his B.S. degree in chemistry from Hampton University and his M.B.A. degree from Kent State (Ohio) University. Holmes is also a graduate of the Naval War College. Moving on from the military, he became highly involved in business and governmental life serving for eight years as Vice-President of Logistics Applications and then President and CEO of the Automated Sciences Group, Inc., which is a high-tech corporation with 300 computer scientists and engineers and an average annual revenue of $28 million. Holmes also served a seven-year stint with the Montgomery County Planning Board as a commissioner, then vice-chair and later chairman. Between 2002 and 2004, he served as Director of Go Montgomery! - a Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPTW) agency devoted to implementing the County’s Master Plan in all transportation regions. He took over the helm of DPWT in October 2004 and retired in 2014.