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S.C. State Guard
Olympia Armory
551 Granby Lane
Columbia, S.C. 29201

(803) 253-4128
2018 Registration is now open. The State Guard Military Academy is dedicated to the success of the soldier through extensive training and leadership developemnt. The valuable training and team buliding experiences last for a lifetime and are proven to strengthen the leadership abilities of the soldier, both personally and professionally. 

Go to the Academy page for more information and registration.
Military Academy 2018 Information
In this statewide emergency the volunteer professionals of the South Carolina State Guard served across the state. There were more than 100 State Guard members, from all three brigades and the headquarters detachment, providing engineering assessments in Newberry, manning the state Emergency Operations Center in Columbia, and filling sandbags in the Low Country. They have provided strategic planning, augmented law enforcement, and provided engineering assistance - all at no cost to the state of SC.

Post disaster and demobilization information can be found on our News and Events page.
SCSG Supports Flood Disaster Relief Efforts in S.C.
In December 2012, as a member of the STARR search team, K9 Trooper and COL Jeff Jordan were
deployed to assist Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) in locating the remains of a
presumed murder victim. The team searched various locations around Orangeburg County. K9
Trooper and COL Jordan were called to search for the possibility of human remains in a vehicle
known to have been driven by the suspect. Several vehicles were in storage in the OCSD
compound, one being the suspect’s vehicle.  At the compound several cars where searched and
K9 Trooper detected the smell of human remains on the driver’s seat and rear passenger seat of
one of the vehicles.  As it turned out, this car was the one driven by the murder suspect. Three
long years passed until right before Thanksgiving 2015. COL Jordan was contacted by the
Orangeburg Solicitor’s Office that the trial was about to begin and he and his K9 training records
would need to be ready. COL Jordan prepared several days for his testimony with the Solicitor’s
Office and was ready to go.  The day before the trial was to begin; the Solicitor reported that the
suspect pled guilty before standing trial. The suspect admitted to murdering the victim and that
he had transported the body of the victim in the vehicle K9 Trooper indicated.  Although the
body of the victim was not recovered, the evidence collected during the investigation along
with K9 Trooper’s indications made for a solid case. As a Cadaver Dog handler, it doesn’t get
much better than this!

K9 Trooper is a member of the SCSG K9 Special Operations Unit trained and handled by COL Jeff
Jordan. COL Jordan also serves as an instructor with Highland Canine, LLC in Harmony, NC. At the
Highland Training facility, COL Jordan works in training police and military scent detection
canines from all over the world.
SCSG K-9 Contributes to Solving 2012 Murder Case in Orangeburg County
COL Jeff Jordan and K9 "Trooper"
SCSG Supports Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts in S.C.

Almost a year after the historic 1,000 year flood event that inundated our state in October of 2015, the South Carolina State Guard once again answered the call by supporting relief efforts in affected areas across South Carolina.  Assisting with lane reversals prior to hurricane Matthew's arrival helped expedite coastal evacuation and minimize casualties.  Additionally, guardsmen assisted state and local law enforcement personnel, provided civil engineers for infrastructure evaluations, stood ready for search and rescue operations, and provided radio communications all while being self-sustaining for 72 hours.  The South Carolina State Guard has a unique ability to fill gaps usually seen in many emergency responses.  With professionals in law enforcement, medical, engineering, legal, communications, search and rescue, dive teams, K-9 teams, and with brigades strategically located across our state, the South Carolina State Guard stands ready for virtually any natural or manmade disaster.
Join with hundreds of South Carolina State Guard Members and others on the notorioius 10k hike through scenic and historic Camden!
SC State Guard  -  Real Training. Real Missions. Real Service.
The evening prior to the CAPEX, the Guard held a VIP fundraiser sponsored and catered by Carmella’s restaurant in downtown Charleston. Distinguished guests and local leaders mingled and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, pastries and beverages. Keynote remarks were presented by Medal of Honor recipient Major General James E. Livingston (USMC, ret.), who regaled the crowd with anecdotes from his long and distinguished military service. Major General Tom Mullikin, Commander of the State Guard, spoke at the event, as did Colonel Muse, Commander, 3rd Brigade, and his son Lieutenant Muse, who was featured in the most recent TV commercial produced by the State Guard.

At the CAPEX on June 24th and 25th, a wide variety of exercises and demonstrations were held successfully, including: Honor Guard Drill & Ceremony, Formal Formation, rapid assembly and disassembly of the Western Shelter, emergency radio communications, K9 search and rescue, water rescue, and medical countermeasures POD collaboration with community partners. In addition, State Guard members had the opportunity to complete SARTECH training, as well as learn useful skills such as knot tying.

Despite some inclement weather, the CAPEX was a resounding success for 3rd Brigade and the entire Guard. MG Mullikin’s highly motivational remarks during Saturday’s Formal Formation set a positive and collaborative tone for the entire event, and all Guard members in attendance displayed skill, enthusiasm, and professionalism for the duration.

One of the major benefits of the annual CAPEX is increasing public awareness of the Guard, and providing an opportunity for active recruitment within the community. This year’s CAPEX was exemplary in that regard, with MG Mullikin announcing that the Guard now has full recruitment with 1,000 members, one new Guardsman being sworn in, and several guests expressing interest in joining.

3rd Brigade Hosts annual Capabilities Exercise at Mount Pleasant, 24-25 June