The State Guard is actively recruiting for various positions and prior service is not required. Grow in your personal and professional life and gain valuable experience in the S.C. State Guard. For additional information or to directly contact our recruiting staff, click the link below.
S.C. State Guard Olympia Armory 551 Granby Lane Columbia, S.C. 29201
The 2015 State Guard Hurricane was a great success! There were over 300 participants from various organizations from around the state. SCSG looks forward to next year's event. Pictures of the 2015 Hurricane Hike can be found HERE.
The State Guard Military Academy has begun registration for the upcoming training cycle. Registration begins 8 APR 16 . Upcoming training will be conducted at the McCrady training center. More information can be found HERE.
2015 Hurricane Hike - Success!
Military Academy 2016 Information
The State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS) held their annual conference in Baltimore Maryland October 29th - November 1st. The SCSG delegation was presented the Superior Unit Award. Additionally, coming off the heels of the major flooding disaster, SCSG presented to all nationally represented SDFs its 10-day deployment details, highlighting the incredible work performed by our engineers and the additional combined 27,000 hours of work performed by our troops.
2015 SGAUS Convention
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.
SCSG Supports Flood Disaster Relief Efforts in S.C.
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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"
The South Carolina State Guard recognized three great South Carolinians April 23, 2016 with the SCSG’s most prestigious non-military honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award: The Honorable Jean Toal, Sen. Hugh Leatherman, and Mr. David Seaton. The leadership and selfless service of three patriots has made a lasting, exceptional contribution to our community.
Chief Justice (Ret.) Jean Toal served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Carolina from 2000-2015. A former member of the SC House of Representatives, she was the first woman to chair a standing committee of the South Carolina House of Representatives. In 1988, Chief Justice Toal became the first woman elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court. Sen. Hugh Leatherman, began his career in public service in 1967, when he was elected to the Quinby Town Council. He was first elected state senator in 1980, and in 2014 was chosen by his peers as the President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina Senate.
David Seaton is the chairman and chief executive officer of Fluor Corporation, one of the largest engineering companies. He led the University of South Carolina’s recent seven-year, $1 billion fundraising campaign, Carolina’s Promise. Adding to the solemnity of the event at the Olympia Armory was the Deputy S.C. Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Roy McCarty, the 208th Army Band, the Sumter Civic Chorale, the SCSG Color Guard, and more than 100 SCSG members.