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      New leader at South Carolina State Guard

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - The South Carolina State Guard officially has a new leader today.

      Colonel Thomas Mullikin took over the top spot after retiring Brigadier General Richard Eckstrom had served in the role for three years.

      The change in command ceremony took place at the Olympia Armory Saturday afternoon.

      The State Guard is part of the South Carolina Military Department.

      It acts in a supporting role for the National Guard, law enforcement, and other agencies during times of emergency.

      Colonel Mullikin has big plans for the Guard in terms of keeping up its progressive physical and educational requirements.

      "We will continue to add specialized training. South Carolina has the highest nuclear energy per capita of any state in the country. I want our people to understand about chemical, nuclear, biological. Not because we'll be the first ones in, but because I want them to be able to identify certain threats in their own communities." says Colonel Thomas Mullikin, the new commander of the South Carolina State Guard.

      Colonel Mulliken also made it very clear the State Guard is aggressively recruiting qualified applicants.

      So if you're interested, make sure to contact the South Carolina State Guard.