Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Mullikin is the new commander of the South Carolina State Guard.
Mullikin, of Camden, replaces Maj. Gen. Richard Eckstrom, who has commanded the volunteer organization for the past three years. Eckstrom also is S.C. comtroller general, the state chief accountant.
The State Guard acts in a support role for the S.C. National Guard, law enforcement and other state, county and municipal agencies during times of emergency. It is managed by the South Carolina Military Department under the direction of Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, the state’s adjutant general.
Mullikin, a 1982 University of South Carolina graduate and 1986 USC laws school graduate, had previously served as the State Guard’s deputy commander.
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In civilian life, Mullikin is an attorney specializing in environmental, health and safety issues. In that role, he has led expeditions and lectured around the world on such subjects as global climate change.
He also is a master diver, participating in ice dives in the Arctic and Antarctica, and has climbed some of the world’s highest mountains.
Mullikin and his wife, Virginia Ann, have four children.