May 2019 to be Declared South Carolina State Guard Month

COLUMBIA, SC : South Carolina Lt. Governor Pamela Evette will be joined by South Carolina State Guard Commander, Brigadier General Leon Lott, and members of the South Carolina Senateand House on the steps of the SC Statehouse Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at 2pm for a press conference following adoption of House Resolution 4220 by District 9 Rep. Anne Thayer and the Senate companion by District 4 Sen. Mike Gambrell recognizing the nearly 350 years of service of the South Carolina State Guard and proclaiming May 2019 as “South Carolina State Guard Month” in the Palmetto State.

Lt. Governor Evette will speak in support of the State Guard and the thousands of hours its nearly 1000 trained and ready professionals donate to the state annually. Founded in 1670, the historic State Guard is under the Command of Brigadier General Leon Lott, and serves as a force multiplier for the South Carolina Military Department which includes the National Guard, Air National Guard, and SC Emergency Management Division.

When serious natural or man-made disasters strike the State of South Carolina, the mission of the historic State Guard is to quickly respond with trained professionals to provide immediate assistance to protect people and property and to help communities recover. Acting in coordination with the National Guard, law enforcement, and other state, county and municipal agencies, the uniformed, all-volunteer State Guard is ready to answer the call.

From search and rescue operations and medical teams, legal and engineering expertise, chaplain and counseling services to direct distribution of supplies and providing military funeral honors to our veterans, members of the South Carolina State Guard are Trained and Ready to serve when called upon.

Since 2015, the historic State Guard has provided the State of South Carolina in excess of 95,000 hours of professional services when called upon, including deployments for recovery operations after Hurricanes Joaquin, Harvey, Matthew, and Florence.

In celebration of South Carolina State Guard Month, the South Carolina State Guard Mission & Operations Support Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization, will launch the “Boots On The Ground Campaign” across the state. Thousands of paper boots will be sold in convenience stores and other locations across the state in an effort to raise funding to support the troops in the State Guard. Each participating location will be provided with die-cut boots. Patrons may donate $1, $5 or more to write their name or the name of a loved one on the boots which will be proudly displayed in the establishment – all benefiting the State Guard’s efforts to serve the residents of South Carolina. The State Guard is proud to serve South Carolinians and encourages residents to become a part of the great tradition of the South Carolina State Guard – one of the oldest and proudest military organizations in the United States of America.”

For 2019, the Foundation has set a goal to $300,000 to support training, equipment purchases, and expenses related to deployments.

Speakers & Expected Attendees

· Lt. Governor Pamela Evette
· BG Leon Lott, Commander of the SC State Guard / Richland County Sheriff

· Rep. Anne Thayer, House Resolution Author

· Sen. Mike Gambrell, Senate Resolution Author

· LTC. Phyllis Sheffer, Commander, State Guard Business Development Section

· W04 Angela Stringer – Boots on the Ground Campaign Coordinator

Posted By CPT Brad E. Bailey

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