Cadet Toby P. Cumbee, Jr., Class of 2010
Name: Toby Cumbee
Company: Papa Company, currently serving on Regimental Support Battalion Staff.
Graduation Year: 2010
Hometown: Sumter, SC
Scholarship Name: The Citadel Women’s Club John S. Carter Scholarship
Why did you come to The Citadel?
I wanted to become an Air Force officer and wanted to go to a place that would prepare me for the rigors of military life.
What has been your most challenging experience since you arrived on campus?
Even though knob year was a challenging experience, my job as Battalion Honor Representative has been far more challenging.
Has your scholarship award enabled you to pursue or accomplish any goals you might otherwise have been unable to attain?
It has given me motivation to continue my pursuit of an excellent career. Finances have been rough on my family for the past couple of years, but this scholarship gives them an overdue peace.
What do you enjoy most about your Citadel experience?
The camaraderie with my classmates and the good times and struggles that come with being at the school.
Recall your favorite or most challenging class.
Production Operations was a very difficult class because of the large amount of information plus the complex equations you needed to perform.
Have any specific professors, TAC officers, or cadet mentors played a formative role in your intellectual development?
Major Tortorici, who is an Air Force instructor. He shares information about life in the Air Force plus his passion for contracted cadets is a welcoming feeling.
How have you changed since coming to The Citadel?
I’ve grown in my maturity and learned to relax when life gets challenging.
Where do you hope to go from here?
I have a combat systems officer slot in the U.S. Air Force and I will be heading to technical training this year in Pensacola, FL.