SC National Guard promotes first female general officer

Darlene Goff makes SC National Guard history.

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Colonel Darlene Goff is the first and only female to attain the rank of brigadier general in the South Carolina National Guard.

I never thought I would be in this position and I am just proud to be able to serve a little bit longer, Goff says.

She was promoted to brigadier general after serving for more than 30 years. The honor was bestowed by Major General Stanhope Spears at a ceremony Friday.

She is one of the most outstanding officers that we have had in our program, Spears says.

According to Spears, only 10 states have female general officers.

Being a woman in uniform is a difficult task, comments Master Sergeant Barbara Witt, but you are able to adjust.

It takes someone that is willing to get up after all the falls and she [Goff] is one of those people, adds Master Sergeant Barbara Carter.

Goff's new rank is an inspiration to others, including Governor-elect Nikki Haley.

We have just watched a woman of great strength, dignity and service receive the rank of brigadier general in South Carolina for the first time, so we are incredibly proud, Haley says.

Goff TMs uniform now has a star on it, signifying not only her new position, but recognizing her dedication to the National Guard motto: always ready, always there.

Goff will serve as vice chief of the joint staff for the state's military department in her civilian capacity.