Military and Police

Flag to Transfer at S.C. State Guard

Major General Tom Mullikin will retire from command of the South Carolina State Guard (SCSG) during a formal change-of-command ceremony on Saturday, December 1, at the S.C. State House in Columbia. Mullikin will relinquish command to Brig. General Leon Lott, sheriff of Richland County, who previously held the post of deputy commander of the SCSG.

S.C. Governor Henry McMaster will preside over the proceedings.

Recently appointed by Gov. McMaster to chair the state’s new Flood Commission, Mullikin has served in varying leadership and command capacities in both the SCSG and the S.C. Military Department’s Joint Services Detachment (SCMD-JSD) as well as the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, U.S. Army Reserve. He is a Camden, S.C.-based attorney, university professor, and global expedition leader specializing in energy and environmental issues, representing several international organizations and multi-national corporations around the world.

Sheriff Lott – a recent inductee into the Fort Jackson Hall of Fame and president of the Association of the United States Army (Palmetto State Chapter) – has served in various leadership and command capacities in both SCMD-JSD and SCSG. In SCSG, he has held the posts of commander of the SCSG’s provost marshal’s detachment, deputy commander for SCSG special operations, and deputy commander SCSG. He is a 43-year career law enforcement officer who has served as sheriff of Richland County for more than 20 years.

Established as the First Provincial Militia in 1670, the all-volunteer SCSG is a state defense force organization within the S.C. Military Department, which also includes the S.C. Army National Guard, the S.C. Air National Guard, the state’s Emergency Management Division, among other elements. The SCSG’s current personnel numbers are just under 1,000 Guardsmen, including retired and former U.S. Army Special Forces operators, Army Rangers, U.S. Marine infantrymen, engineers, medical professionals, attorneys, and law enforcement officers among others.

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W. Thomas Smith Jr.

W. Thomas Smith Jr. is a formerly deployed U.S. Marine rifle squad (infantry) leader, a shipboard counterterrorism instructor, and a SWAT team officer in the nuclear industry. A retired Col. (O-6) in the S.C. Military Dept., Smith founded the U.S. Counterterrorism Advisory Team, and he is a technical consultant for films which have aired on The Military Channel. A New York Times bestselling editor; Smith’s travels have taken him across the globe. His work has appeared in The New York Post, U.S. News & World Report, Human Events, BusinessWeek, POLICEONE, Marine Corps Times, S.W.A.T. magazine, BLACK BELT, and many others. He is a former advisor to the S.C. Governor’s Military Base Task Force, and a special deputy with the Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff's Dept.

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