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Local attorney promoted to SCSG commander

Posted: June 24, 2014 12:42 p.m.
Updated: June 25, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Camden attorney Tom Mullikin became the new commander of the S.C. State Guard (SCSG) during a ceremony on Saturday. Mullikin, promoted from colonel to the rank of brigadier general with the guard, took over from retiring Brigadier General Richard Eckstrom.

The state’s military department is commanded by the state’s adjutant general, currently Bob Livingston, and includes the S.C. National Guard -- part of the nation’s military -- and the SCSG, an all-volunteer organization. The SCSG acts in a support role for the national guard, as well as law enforcement and other state, county and municipal agencies during times of emergency. The SCSG is divided into three brigades which are further divided into two battalions each.

The state guard’s history stretches back to colonial times when a volunteer citizen-militia was formed at Charles Towne with the first settlers in 1670. During World War II, as much of the national guard deployed overseas, what was then known as the S.C. Defense Force became established as serving the needs of the state.

The SCSG will return to Camden in September for its annual Hurricane Hike, starting at the Camden National Guard Armory on Ehrenclou Drive. The 10k hike will end on North Broad Street just south of Monument Square.

Prior to serving as SCSG commander, Mullkin served as deputy commander and chief of staff. He became deputy commander in April 2012 after serving as deputy director of the legal directorate of the Joint Services Detachment of the S.C. Military Department. He and his wife, Virginia Ann, reside in Camden and have four children, Mary Elizabeth, Alex, Thomas and Charlie.

(This information was taken from the SCSG’s website and Facebook page.)

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