Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have produced numerous officers through the years. Virginia State University grad Brigadier General Alfred F. Abramson is the latest HBCU alum to earn the rank of general officer.

Virginia State’s illustrious list includes General Dennis Via, the first Signal Corps officer in history to earn the rank of four-star general and Brigadier General Charles R. Hamilton.

Virginia State professor of Military Science, Colonel David D. Johnson, said that Abramson “adds to the outstanding legacy of the Virginia State University ROTC Program.

“He epitomizes our mission to recruit, educate, develop, inspire, and commission ROTC cadets that are capable of exceptional service in the Army,” Johnson said.

Brig. Gen. Abramson is currently assigned as deputy program executive officer for ammunition and commander Picatinny Arsenal.

The center’s 5,000-plus employees specialize in research, development, acquisition and lifecycle management of weapon systems and ammunition.

Abramson was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Chemical Corps after graduating from Virginia State, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.

He has served as a battalion chemical officer, SMOKE platoon leader, a chemical staff officer in the Project Manager’s Office for Nuclear, Biological, & Chemical Defense, and most recently an executive officer in Army Acquisition Logistics, and Technology.

In the photo: Brig. Gen. Patrick W. Burden, deputy program executive officer Ammunition, and senior commander, Picatinny Arsenal passes the “Keys to the Cannon Gates” to Brig. Gen. Alfred F. Abramson III to signify the change of responsibility during a Change of Leadership Ceremony at Picatinny. (Photo by Todd Mozes: U.S. Army)

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