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Camden native takes over local SCNG signal company

Posted: August 30, 2012 6:46 p.m.
Updated: August 31, 2012 5:00 a.m.

 

Capt. Dwight DeLoach, a Camden native, recently took command of Company C of the S.C. National Guard’s (SCNG) 151st Expeditionary Signal Battalion headquartered in Camden. Capt. Octavious K. Baldwin transferred command to DeLoach during an Aug. 5 ceremony held at the Camden National Guard Armory on Ehrenclou Drive.

DeLoach began his career in the SCNG as a second lieutenant upon graduating from The Citadel in 1988. He has served in various roles throughout his career and recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan with the 228th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade. There, DeLoach managed the microwave line-of-sight program for the Joint NETOPS Control Center in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

DeLoach is the manager for gas operations at SCE&G’s Camden location. He and his wife, Catharine, currently live in Camden with their two sons, Henry and Thomas.

Company C, or Charlie Company, is an expeditionary signal company based in Camden. According to DeLoach, the company is a heavy signal company within the 151st Expeditionary Signal Battalion headquartered in Greenville, commanded by Lt. Col. Tim Sellers. The 151st, in turn,  falls under the 228th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade in Spartanburg, commanded by Brig. Gen. Gregory Batts.

DeLoach said Charlie Company is able to provide tactical communications with a multitude of capabilities supporting subscribers on the battlefield from anywhere to anywhere in the world. The company recently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn and managed operations in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and various forward operating bases throughout Iraq. Charlie Company is comprised of three platoons: a headquarters platoon and two heavy signal platoons. The company also contains an organic motor maintenance, supply, food service and wire/cable section.

According to DeLoach, Baldwin commanded the company throughout its recent deployment. He said Baldwin had commanded Company C since Oct. 2009.

DeLoach said the change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition, originally adopted from the British in the 1700’s when Gen. George Washington assumed command of the Continental Army at Boston in July 1775. The purpose of the change of command ceremony is to pass the command and control authority of the unit from the old commander to the new. Additionally, the passing of the unit colors emphasizes that the organization is more important than one individual and that even though a commander may change, the organization remains constant and continuity will remain.

 

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