The state Chamber of Commerce on Thursday presented its annual award for patriotism to Robert Livingston, a Columbia businessman and S.C. Army National Guard general.
Livingston received the 2009 Sergeant William Jasper Freedom Award, named for the Revolutionary War patriot, at the S.C. chamber's annual summit at Isle of Palms.
A former Guard brigade commander, Livingston also is president and CEO of Gregory Electric Co., an electrical contractor that employs about 350 people.
"Maj. Gen. Livingston not only serves our state as a business leader at Gregory Electric, but he also serves our country by leading brave troops and working with foreign allies," said Otis B. Rawl Jr., president and chief executive officer of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce.
Livingston commanded the Guard's 218th Brigade Combat Team, which deployed 1,800 troops to Afghanistan in 2007-08.
In Afghanistan, Livingston also led Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix VI, based in Kabul. The task force was primarily responsible for training and mentoring the Afghan army and national police force.
Livingston currently is director of the coalition coordination center at U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla. When he comes off active-duty at the end of the year, Livingston will take on a new job at Central Command as deputy to the director of plans and policy, commuting between Columbia and Tampa.