West Point hosts promotional ceremony for Major Calvin Townsend

Major Calvin Townsend poses for a photo with his family at his promotional ceremony Friday. (Collin Brister, DTL)
Staff Writer

West Point saw one of their native sons come home on Friday morning as they honored Major Calvin Townsend in a promotional ceremony.

Major Calvin E. Townsend, Jr. is a native of West Point, Mississippi, and a graduate of West Point High School. He is the son of Calvin Townsend, Sr. and Betty Townsend.

Dwight Dyess, West Point native and military veteran, led off the ceremony by honoring Townsend and said that he knew when he saw the merits of Townsend’s work, including becoming a transportation officer in Virginia that he was special.

“Becoming a Major is a huge deal,” Dyess said. “When you do that that shows that he’s done an awesome job at every place that he’s been so far.”

Townsend enlisted in the Army on 1 August 1996 as a Medical Supply Specialist. He served as an Enlisted Soldier for 9 years and 11 months rising to the rank of Sergeant

First Class and serving as a Platoon Sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division.

Townsend had not had a promotional ceremony back home in the states, and he said that it was important for him to be able to come home and have one with his family in a place that he grew up.

“This was very special to do this back home and be around my family,” Townsend said. “I wasn’t able to be around my family most of the times so to come back home and do this in a place where I grew up is special.”

He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant through Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia on July 13, 2006 as a Transportation Officer. Townsend’s assignments include

Distribution Platoon Leader and Company Commander in the 82nd Airborne Division; Transportation Officer Basic Course Instructor Fort Lee, VA; Training with Industry program at FedEx Corporate Headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee; and S-3 Operations Officer for 841st Transportation Battalion in Charleston, South Carolina. He is currently assigned to the Air Command College, Maxwell AFB for the Field

Grade Officer Education Course (Equivalent of the Army Command and General Staff Course).

“He’s got to have amazing skills to do the things that he’s done,” Dyess said. “They don’t just put anyone at FedEx. They don’t put up with poor quality in that regard, so he’s obviously got great skills.”

Townsend’s awards and declarations include: Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), Army Commendation Medal (6th award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and Air-Assault Badge