The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Maj. Brock Lusk of Walhalla as one of the 2016 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.
Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.
Lusk went through Clemson’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 2002 and was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force. He came back to Clemson and earned his master’s degree in history 2015. In between, he served on multiple deployments in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and rose from the rank of second lieutenant to major.
Outside of the combat zones, he has held leadership positions in a wide range of Air Force units, including the 12th Space Warning Squadron at Thule Air Base in Greenland, where he served as a missile warning crew commander; the 10th Missile Squadron, where he was a missile combat crewmember in command of a flight of 10 nuclear-armed Minuteman III missiles; He worked for four years at Special Operations Command Central with multiple deployments across the Middle East, before transferring to the 315th Operations Support Squadron as a traditional reservist.
Lusk currently serves as the director of operations and assistant professor of aerospace studies for the Clemson Air Force ROTC. He is responsible for training and counseling Air Force officer candidates through all aspects of the ROTC process. He teaches courses on leadership studies, national security and preparation for officer duty.
Lusk’s devotion to his alma mater is demonstrated by the countless hours he has devoted to a number of community projects:
- He volunteered to organize a “ball run” in honor of Clemson’s Military Appreciation Day. This meant organizing a 30-mile relay run in which Clemson cadets ran a game day football from the Maj. Rudolph Anderson Jr. Memorial in Greenville to Memorial Stadium.
- He organized a cleanup effort for a local cemetery where several veterans are buried. The cemetery was in extremely poor condition and his efforts ensure the veterans, many of whom are African-American, have a final resting place that honors their commitment and sacrifice.
- He has given many lectures on Clemson World War I alumni history at the Pickens County Museum and meetings of the South Carolina Air Force Association and is currently enrolled to teach at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
- He has devoted hundreds of hours to researching Clemson’s military alumni.
- As a direct result of his research, seven additional names were added to Clemson’s Scroll of Honor. He also discovered an unknown fourth alumnus who had been awarded the Medal of Honor.
- He is a member of the board of directors of the Clemson Corps, an alumni organization devoted to preserving Clemson’s military heritage and supporting its ROTC programs.
The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.