Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston, South Carolina’s adjutant general, lauded the state’s Army and Air Force National Guard as one of the nation’s top military organizations Tuesday and asked voters to re-elect him so he can work to keep it that way.
“We take care of our troops because they have taken care of us,” said Livingston, at Republican Party headquarters in Columbia.
The adjutant general oversees the state’s 11,000-member Military Department, which includes the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, the State Guard and the state’s Emergency Management Division.
Livingston was elected to the post in 2010 after running unopposed.
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In 2008, Livingston led the state’s largest military deployment since World War II while in charge of about 9,000 S.C. Guard members who deployed for a year to Afghanistan.
In the June 10 GOP primary, Livingston faces William Breazeale of Florence, a pilot and former Army officer who says his 20 years of military service in Iraq and Kuwait provide him with the experience for the job.