FROM MAJ. GEN. (S.C.) THOMAS STOWE MULLIKIN,
Commander of the South Carolina State Guard and
President of the State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS).
At no time in our national history are our state defense forces more relevant and necessary. Nor are they better prepared for any and all state and national emergencies within our respective state jurisdictions, or in other states should extra-state SDFs be requested. And that among other topics are precisely what I and other members of our leadership panel will be discussing on Sept. 23 during our weekend-long State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS) annual conference at Myrtle Beach, next month.
I am pleased to announce that among the confirmed panelists are former U.S. Senator Jim Demint, who recently served as pres. of the Heritage Foundation; Lt. Gen. Michael Garret, commanding general of U.S. Army Central (formerly U.S. Third Army, which is the highest echelon U.S. Army component of the U.S. Central Command); Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, commander of 9th Air Force – which like U.S. Army Central is headquartered at our own Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C. – and S.C. Senator Thomas A. Alexander, who serves as chairman of the Senate’s Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee. Others invited include U.S. Congressman Tom Rice, who also serves as an officer in the S.C. State Guard; and U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson, a retired Army Reserve officer who today serves on the powerful House Armed Services Committee.
President MG(SC) Thomas Mullikin
State Guard Association of the United States