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Sponsors: Reps. J.E. Smith, Bedingfield, Forrester, G.M. Smith, Williams, Alexander, Allison, Anderson, Anthony, Arrington, Atkinson, Atwater, Bales, Ballentine, Bamberg, Bannister, Bennett, Bernstein, Blackwell, Bowers, Bradley, Brown, Burns, Caskey, Chumley, Clary, Clemmons, Clyburn, Cobb-Hunter, Cogswell, Cole, Collins, Crawford, Crosby, Daning, Davis, Delleney, Dillard, Douglas, Duckworth, Elliott, Erickson, Felder, Finlay, Forrest, Fry, Funderburk, Gagnon, Gilliard, Govan, Hamilton, Hardee, Hart, Hayes, Henderson, Henegan, Herbkersman, Hewitt, Hill, Hiott, Hixon, Hosey, Howard, Huggins, Jefferson, Johnson, Jordan, King, Kirby, Knight, Loftis, Long, Lowe, Lucas, Mack, Magnuson, Martin, McCoy, McCravy, McEachern, McKnight, Mitchell, D.C. Moss, V.S. Moss, Murphy, B. Newton, W. Newton, Norrell, Ott, Parks, Pitts, Pope, Putnam, Quinn, Ridgeway, M. Rivers, S. Rivers, Robinson-Simpson, Rutherford, Ryhal, Sandifer, Simrill, G.R. Smith, Sottile, Spires, Stavrinakis, Stringer, Tallon, Taylor, Thayer, Thigpen, Toole, Weeks, West, Wheeler, Whipper, White, Whitmire, Willis and Yow
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Introduced in the House on March 7, 2017
Introduced in the Senate on March 8, 2017
Adopted by the General Assembly on March 21, 2017
Summary: National Guard Day
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3/7/2017 House Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate (House Journal-page 72) 3/8/2017 Senate Introduced (Senate Journal-page 18) 3/8/2017 Senate Referred to Committee on General (Senate Journal-page 18) 3/21/2017 Senate Recalled from Committee on General 3/21/2017 Senate Adopted, returned to House with concurrence (Senate Journal-page 4)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO DECLARE TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, "NATIONAL GUARD DAY" IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR THE MANY SACRIFICES AND VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS THE SOUTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD MAKES TO PROTECT THE FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, AND SECURITY OF OUR STATE AND NATION.
Whereas, the South Carolina National Guard is a community-based military organization with a dual role: to serve abroad in support of national defense in partnership with active duty and reserve units and to serve the Governor and citizens of South Carolina. The strength of the SC National Guard is its personnel. Currently, the SC Army Guard has more than nine thousand four hundred soldiers, and the SC Air Guard has more than one thousand three hundred airmen; and
Whereas, protecting the citizens of the Palmetto State both at home and abroad, the SC National Guard came to the aid of the citizens of this great State during Hurricane Matthew. At the peak of operations, over two thousand nine hundred soldiers and airmen supported efforts to evacuate over three hundred fifty thousand citizens near the coast. In addition to evacuation support, their mission included security, traffic control points, debris removal, route clearance, points of distribution, transportation of sandbags and supplies, damage assessments, engineer support, and water purification. Additionally, the SC Army National Guard sent aid to quench the fires in Pickens County in November 2016, by using UH-60 Black Hawks and CH-47 Chinook Helicopters to drop nearly three million gallons of water; and
Whereas, the SC National Guard has deployed more than nineteen thousand soldiers and airmen in support of overseas contingency operations since September 11, 2001, and currently, there are more than five hundred guard members deployed to Europe, Kuwait, the Horn of Africa, Guantanamo, southwest Asia, and Afghanistan in support of maintaining American freedom; and
Whereas, amongst a group of dedicated patriots, a few are distinguished each year for their exemplary character and service. The 2017 award winners for the Air Guard are Airman of the Year Senior Airman Tony McCoy, Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Technical Sergeant Ryan Fodness, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Master Sergeant Joseph Hostler, First Sergeant of the Year Senior Master Sergeant Durham M. Campbell, Officer of the Year First Lieutenant Justin B. Larson, and Air Guard Family of the Year Senior Master Sergeant Thomas E. McQueen; and
Whereas, the SC Army National Guard hosts an annual contest, the Best Warrior Competition, where individuals are evaluated on their combat soldier skills including land navigation, physical fitness, marksmanship, a road march, and a series of knowledge-based questions. This year's winners are Soldier of the Year Specialist Jackson F. Pride, Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Sergeant Jacob R. Platts, and Warrant Officer of the Year Chief Warrant Officer Two Brian Cox. Additional Army Guard awards are granted for meritorious service, and the 2017 award winners are Captain Javier E. Yudice, who was presented with the Major General Dozier Award, Sergeant First Class Marcus Jackson, who was granted the Director's Award, and Mrs. Adrian Reed, bestowed with the Family/Volunteer of the Year Award; and
Whereas, the South Carolina General Assembly is extremely grateful for the service that the members of the South Carolina National Guard have given to protect the citizens and traditional values of this nation and deeply honor the memory of the sixteen soldiers in the South Carolina National Guard who have paid the ultimate price in support of combat operations since September 11, 2001. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution, declare Tuesday, March 21, 2017, "National Guard Day" in South Carolina and recognize and honor the many sacrifices and valuable contributions the South Carolina National Guard makes to protect the freedom, democracy, and security of our State and nation.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to Major General Robert E. Livingston, Jr.
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