By W. THOMAS SMITH JR., special to the C-I
Camden attorney and global expedition leader Thomas S. Mullikin recently received a handmade quilt from the Quilts of Valor Foundation for his singularly unique and distinguished military service during a ceremony at the Mullikin Law Offices on May 30.
Joined by members of his family, friends and staff, Mullikin received the quilt from Anne Mixon, state coordinator for the national Quilts of Valor Foundation.
The foundation recognized Mullikin for his service to both the state and the nation as a military officer both in and out of uniform for close to three decades beginning with his service as a JAG officer and a certified Army Master Fitness Trainer in the U.S. Army and culminating in his retirement as commander of the S.C. State Guard (SCSG) in Dec. 2018. It was during his time in the SCSG that Mullikin also served -- in a civilian capacity -- as special assistant to the U.S. Department of Defense’s military commissions chief prosecutor.
Mullikin’s travels have taken him to the veritable ends of the earth, climbing four of the world’s seven great summits and having led expeditions on all. He has also logged scuba dives in all the world’s oceans, including ice dives in the Arctic and Antarctic oceans.
Mullikin is a member of the Explorers Club, the London-based Royal Geographical Society, and he is a named National Geographic expert. In April, he was inducted into the S.C. Black Belt Hall of Fame, the Palmetto State’s premier martial arts society.
For more information about Quilts of Valor, please visit https://www.govf.org.