By: CPT Brad E. Bailey, HHD Public Affairs w/ HHD PAO Staff
Columbia, SC: The State Guard Headquarters Detachment held its monthly training drill at the Olympia Armory on July 14, which included presentations by the Search and Rescue Command (SARCOMM), Public Affairs Office (PAO), as well as a news media panel question and answer session.
MG Thomas S. Mullikin kicked-off the drill with a presentation of the State Guard Medal of Merit to COL Richard Mancine of the Civil Affairs Office for his work on the 2017 State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS) conference held this past September. State Guard’s personnel from all over the U.S. converged on Myrtle Beach for workshops and training and an opportunity for their families to see all that the Palmetto State has to offer.
MG Mullikin also recognized The Reverend, CPT Alexander Campbell, D.Min of the SCSG Chaplains Corp Detachment for his recent invocation to Congress in June. CPT Alexander offered the opening prayer as guest Chaplain at the U.S. House of Representatives while proudly wearing State Guard ASU’s. CPT Campbell is the Senior Pastor at the Christ Reformed Church in Anderson, SC.
The Reverend, CPT Alexander Campbell, D.Min of the SCSG Chaplains Corps Detachment was recognized by MG Thomas Mullikin at HQ Drill for his recent invocation to Congress in June. CPT Alexander offered the opening prayer as guest Chaplain at the U.S. House of Representatives while proudly wearing his State Guard ASU’s. CPT Campbell also serves as the Senior Pastor at Christ Reformed Church in Anderson, SC. #TrainedandReady [2LT Bailey]
Posted by S.C. State Guard on Tuesday, July 17, 2018
SARCOMM, under the command of MAJ Glenn Hamm, showed a presentation on recent search and rescue operations throughout the state, including the numerous times the unit has worked with local and state first responders. MG Mullikin and MAJ Hamm also presented General Francis Marion awards to Chief Jonathan Jones, Chief Dennis Ray, and Chief Ken Kerber of the South Carolina State Fire in recognition of the partnership they have with the State Guard.
LTC Scott Malyerck and COL Caroline Watson, Headquarters PAO commander, unveiled a new State Guard logo that highlights the “Trained and Ready” status of the Guard and its members. According to LTC Malyerck, the logo was designed to represent the ever evolving mission of the State Guard. Plans are in the works to promote the State Guard and use the new logo in future recruiting initiatives.
An online storefront, aptly titled “Guard Gear” was also rolled out as part of the logo launch. Personnel can order shirts to be shipped directly to their homes. Several shirts are already on the site with new items on the drawing board for future release. Guard Gear can be accessed at https://amzn.to/2KWWdE3
A media roundtable facilitated by LTC Scott Malyerck, DIV PAO Special Events Chief, was also part of the days activities. Local media representatives, including Paul Osmundson from The State Newspaper, Chad Mills from WIS-TV, and Kelly Nash from 975 WCOS were all on hand to discuss trends in news reporting . The panel offered valuable advice to SCSG members about what type of information is likely to be reported by the press. Personnel in attendance were able to ask questions and get some valuable feedback that, according to Malyerck, will help with promoting events, fundraisers, and the mission of State Guard units.
The PAO unveiled a “Newsroom” feed for posting of news and other announcements for members. According to 2LT Brad E. Bailey, the PAO wants to have a place to share the rest of the story. “Our goal is offer more information to our personnel and the public at-large concerning the amazing efforts of the SCSG.” The Newsroom can be accessed from the frontpage of the State Guard website via the News and Events tab at: http://www.sg.sc.gov/
Special thanks to 1LT Fred Parsons and his team of G4 “Culinary Engineers” for coordinating both breakfast and lunch for attendees. A special BBQ plate lunch that required 48-hours of preparation and included a true 24-hours smoked bone-in pork shoulder was prepared in-house. Nearly 70 lbs of meat was consumed along with all the all the trimmings and dessert.