After 40 years serving in the South Carolina Army National Guard, state Adjutant General Robert E. Livingston will retire.
Livingston has served in the National Guard since enlisting in 1978.
As adjutant general, he guided the Guard and the state Emergency Management Division through a series of recent disasters, including the historic 2015 flood and hurricanes each of the following years.
“We’ve been quite tested,” he said in a video released by the Guard. “For me personally, during disaster relief, it’s kind of who I am. People suffer and hate for any disaster to occur and this goes all the way back to when I was in the fire department at Hampden-Sydney (Virginia). I was an emergency medical technician and a fireman. I didn’t want anybody’s house to burn down but if the house was going to be on fire, I wanted to be there to make a difference.”
Livingston was first elected as adjutant general in 2011. He remained in the post after voters decided in 2016 to no longer elect the position and instead give the governor appointment powers. [Read more…]