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1st Civilian Support Brigade

Charles T. Muse, Sr.
Colonel

Brigade Commander

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James Guest
Command Sergeant Major

Brigade CSM

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1st Battalion

The S.C. State Guard’s 1st Battalion serves several counties in central South Carolina – and provides assistance when requested to all counties statewide – fulfilling the State Guard’s mission of acting as early responders by providing immediate boots on the ground with ability to sustain operations for 48 hours.

1st Battalion participates in emergency preparedness exercises such as the National Disaster Medical System Exercise at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. This exercise, a nationwide initiative of the U.S. Army is under the direction of Moncrief Army Hospital, located at Ft. Jackson, for South Carolina. It simulates a natural disaster with patients transported from a disaster scene to a staging area for triage and further transport to local hospitals for treatment.

Our members are all volunteers who share a passion for service and an equally strong commitment to their fellow South Carolinians.

Command

Ben Ward, III
Major

Commander, 1st Battalion

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Wesley Snipes
Command Sergeant Major

CSM, 1st Battalion

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2nd Battalion

The S.C. State Guard’s 2nd Battalion serves several counties in the upstate of South Carolina – and provides assistance when requested to all counties statewide – fulfilling the State Guard’s mission of acting as early responders by providing immediate boots on the ground with ability to sustain operations for 48 hours.

The 2nd Battalion also actively supports various government agencies and non-profit organizations throughout the Palmetto State.

Command

Richard Patton
Lieutenant Colonel

Commander, 2nd Battalion

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Christopher McKeown
Command Sergeant Major

CSM, 2nd Battalion

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3rd Battalion

The S.C. State Guard’s 3rd Battalion serves several counties in the South Carolina low- country and and provides assistance when requested to all counties statewide – fulfilling the State Guard’s mission of acting as early responders by providing immediate boots on the ground with ability to sustain operations for 48 hours.

The 3rd Battalion has contributed thousands of hours annually, preparing for – and responding to when necessary – natural or man- made disasters, and generally lending a helping hand when it is needed. Over the last 3 years, the Historic South Carolina State Guard has provided our state in excess of 44,000 hours of professional services during Hurricanes Joaquin, Irma, and Matthew.

Command

Charles (Butch) Forgasen, Jr.
Lieutenant Colonel

Commander, 3rd Battalion

Robert Thomas, Jr.
Command Sergeant Major

CSM, 3rd Battalion

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Involvement In The Community

The 3rd Battalion is actively involved in the communities it serves through its support of government agencies, non- profit organizations, and numerous community events/response efforts, including:

  • Cooper River Bridge Run
  • FTX Joint Training with Police/Fire Departments
  • DHEC Partnerships
  • Advance Disaster Assessment Response Teams (ADART)
    Search & Rescue
  • Medal of Honor Bowl Support
  • Gold Star Memorial Dedication Support
  • Honor Guard Assistance throughout the community
  • Hurricane Preparedness Expos
  • Blue Med/Western Shelter programs and support
  • Air Shows