Current as of September 3, 2014
S.C. National Guard
September 11 Fact Sheet
The South Carolina Army and Air National Guard have been an integral part of our nation’s “Next Greatest Generation” since 9-11-2001 when our country’s way of life was threatened. Since the initial attacks in 2001 the SCNG has supported:
AFRICOM: Africa, Morocco
CENTCOM: Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgystan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
EUCOM: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Denmark, Germany, Kosovo, Turkey.
NORTHCOM: United States, National Capitol Region, Southwest Border Support
CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force (CCMRF)
PACOM: Japan, South Korea, Thailand
SOUTHCOM: Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Panama, Colombia
In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, then President George W. Bush said: “In every generation the world has produced enemies of freedom. They have attacked us because we are freedom’s home and defender, and the commitment of our father’s is now the calling of our time.”
On Sept. 11, 2001-
American Airlines Flight 11 at 8:46 a.m. 87 passengers and crew killed when terrorists crashed flight into North Tower, World Trade Center.
United Airlines Flight 175 at 9:03 a.m. 60 passengers and crew killed when terrorists crashed flight into South Tower, World Trade Center.
American Airlines Flight 77 at 9:37 a.m. 59 passengers and crew killed when terrorists crashed flight into Pentagon.
United Airlines Flight 93 at 10:03 a.m. 40 passengers and crew killed when terrorists attempted to crash airline and passengers fought back. Plane crashed in Shanksville, PA.
At the World Trade Center after the Towers collapsed, 2,606 were killed.
At the Pentagon, 125 military and civilian personnel were killed.
More than 10,000 injured on 9-11.
Since that infamous day, over 18,000 South Carolina Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have answered our nation’s call. In fact, over 200 Soldiers are currently supporting defend our nation’s skies in the National Capitol Region.
About 75% of the Army and Air Guard force has deployed since 9-11.
Brief excerpts from annual unit history reports of the accomplishments of the SCNG in the Global War of Terror:
218th Enhanced Separate Brigade (Charleston)
Largest mobilization of S.C. National Guard members since World War II, with 1,800 Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan in 2007 to help train members of the Afghan Army and Afghan police.
1-151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB) (Eastover)
Deployed in support of Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom – Kuwait. 1 May 2011 thru 28 April 2012, completing the largest retrograde operations in Operation New Dawn – Iraq.
2-151st Security and Support Aviation Battalion (SSABN) (Eastover)
JTF Liberty deployed in support of Operation River Watch II/Phalanx supporting Customs Border Protection in border of south Texas- Feb 2012 thru Dec 2012, comprised of 15+ states and territories, which validated the air centric concept of operations for border security through the employment of UH-72A and RC-26B aircraft.
2-238th Aviation (CH-47s) returned from year-long mobilization and deployment to Afghanistan in March 2014.
State Flight Detachment – 24 OSACOM (Operational Support Airlift Command) (Columbia) deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – April 13, 2011 thru March 28, 2012, the first deployment to a combat zone for the C-26 aircraft. Unit transported dignitaries throughout Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kuwait, and U.A.E., flying over 1300 hours, more than 300 DVs, and 30,000 lbs of cargo.
263d AAMDC (Anderson)
263d AAMDC (-) TF Paladin deployed to the National Capital Region to serve as the Command and Control Element for the National Capital Region’s Integrated Air Defense.
2-263 ADA Battalion mobilized element to the Anderson Readiness Center in order to serve as a rapidly deployable Air Defense capability to provide support to National Special Security Events and provide POTUS support.
122nd Engineer Battalion:
122nd Engineer Battalion (Edgefield) mobilized and returned from yearlong deployment to Afghanistan in March 2014. Elements of the 122nd Engineer battalion have answered the call time and time again, deploying to Iraq in 2003, 2005 and 2009 and then to Afghanistan in 2010.
1221st Engineer Company (Graniteville) earned Meritorious Unit Citation for deployment in Afghanistan. The 1221st En Co, then C/122E earned the Valorous Unit Award in Iraq.
124th Engineer Company (Saluda) mobilized and returned from year-long deployment to Afghanistan in August 2014. This is the 124th Engineer Company’s second deployment. The 124th (then the 122 Engineer Company prior to Palmetto Transition II) deployed to Iraq in 2005.
133rd Military Police Company (Timmonsville):
Deployed to Khowst, Afghanistan from Sept 11, 2011 to Sept 10, 2012 to train and partner with the Afghan Uniformed Police at eight different police substations.
On June 20, 2012, three members of the 133rd MPs were killed when a suicide bomber attacked their area of operations in Khowst City, Khowst province
132nd Military Police Company, West Columbia, returned from year-long deployment to Afghanistan in August 2014.
251st Area Support Medical Company (Darlington) returned from yearlong mobilization and deployment to Afghanistan in March 2014.
178th Engineers (Georgetown)
In August 2012 – May 2013, 178th Engineers deployed to support Regional Command East, Afghanistan,
Their mission was command and control of construction and freedom of movement operations.
The S.C. Air National Guard (Eastover)
In 2002, aircraft and personnel from the 169th FW deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and participated directly in combat operations. Also that year, 50 SCANG Airmen, then assigned to the 240th Combat Communications Squadron, deployed to Manas Air Base, Kyrgystan for six months in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The 245th ATCS deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2003, nearly 400 Airmen from the 169th FW and all its F-16s were mobilized and deployed to Southwest Asia as part of what became Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 169th FW was attached to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, stationed in Qatar. The deployed contingent flew more than 400 combat missions, performing the Suppression and Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses mission and flying numerous precision bombing missions over Iraq. In 2010, the 169th FW became the first Air National Guard unit to support an AEF mission for a full 120 days. While simultaneously deploying Airmen for Operation Enduring Freedom, the wing deployed more than 300 Airmen in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, during which the 169th FW flew more than 800 combat air patrol missions over Iraq. The deployment also allowed the Swamp Fox team to escort the last Army combat forces out of Iraq on the last day of Iraqi Freedom. May 2011, the 169th FW accepted the Aerospace Control Alert mission from nearby Shaw AFB.
In August 2012, the 169th FW wrapped up an historic four-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Swamp Foxes flew 2,194 combat sorties for 9,192.8 combat hours. The deployed unit completed 1,465 joint tactical air requests, 410 troops-in-contact and 500 priority taskings, 246 “shows of force,” dropped 207, 500lb GBU bombs and expended 7,303 rounds of 20mm munitions.
Fallen Heroes Since 9-11
The S.C. National Guard has lost 16 heroes since 9-11 who deployed in support of combat operations and paid the ultimate price. We will never forget:
Operation Iraqi Freedom- Iraq
PVT Algernon Adams, 36 Fallujah; October 28, 2003
CW4 Patrick Leach, 39 Mosul; December 9, 2004
SSG Jerome Lemon, 42 Balad; October 27, 2004
1LT Andrew Shields, 25 Mosul; December 9, 2004
MSG Thomas Thigpen, Sr., 52 Kuwait; March 16, 2004
Operation Enduring Freedom- Afghanistan
SGT Stephen High, 45 Ghazni; April 6, 2005
SPC Chrystal Stout, 23 Ghazni; April 6, 2005
SSG James Bullard, 28 Kandahar; October 30, 2007
SGT Edward Philpot, 38 Kandahar; October 23, 2007
SGT Shawn Hill, 37 Khowst; January 2, 2008
SPC David Leimbach, 38 Bala Baluk; May 25, 2008
SSG Willie Harley, 48 Paktika; October 1, 2010
SGT Luther Rabon, 32 Paktika; October 1, 2010
SGT John David Meador II, 36 Khowst; June 20, 2012
1LT Ryan Davis Rawl, 30 Khowst; June 20, 2012
SFC Matthew Bradford Thomas, 30 Khowst; June 20, 2012
Operation Iraqi Freedom
PVT Algernon Adams- 36, of Aiken, S.C.; assigned to the 122nd Engineer Battalion, S.C. Army National Guard, Edgefield, S.C.; died Oct. 28, 2003 of non-combat-related injuries at Forward Operating Base St. Mere, Falluja, Iraq.
CW4 Patrick Leach – 39, of Rock Hill, S.C.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment, South Carolina Army National Guard, Columbia, S.C.; died Dec. 9, 2004 in an Apache helicopter accident in Mosul, Iraq. Leach died when his AH-64 collided with a UH-60 helicopter during a night mission.
SSG Jerome Lemon- 42, of North Charleston, S.C.; assigned to the 1052nd Transportation Company, South Carolina Army National Guard, Kingstree, S.C.; killed Oct. 27, 2004 when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle in Balad, Iraq.
1LT Andrew Shields- 25, of Campobello, S.C.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment, South Carolina Army National Guard, Columbia, S.C.; died Dec. 9, 2004 in an Apache helicopter accident in Mosul, Iraq. Shields died when his AH-64 collided with a UH-60 helicopter during night mission.
MSG Thomas Thigpen, Sr- 52, of Augusta, Georgia.Thigpen died in Camp Virginia, Kuwait (north of Kuwait City), of non-combat related injuries. He was assigned to the 151st Signal Battalion, Greenville, South Carolina. Thigpen died on March 16, 2004.
Operation Enduring Freedom- Afghanistan
SGT Stephen High- 45, of Spartanburg, S.C.; assigned to the 228th Signal Brigade, South Carolina Army National Guard, Spartanburg, S.C.; killed April 6, 2005 when the CH-47 helicopter in which he was riding crashed in Ghazni, Afghanistan.
SPC Chrystal Stout- 23, of Travelers Rest, S.C.; assigned to the 228th Signal Brigade, South Carolina Army National Guard, Spartanburg, S.C.; killed April 6, 2005 when the CH-47 helicopter in which she was riding crashed in Ghazni, Afghanistan.
SSG James Bullard- 28, of Marion, S.C.; assigned to the South Carolina National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 263rd Armor Regiment, in Marion, S.C.; died Oct. 30, 2007 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using rocket-propelled grenade fire, machine gun fire, mortars and small-arms fire during combat operations.
SGT Edward Philpot- 38, of Latta, SC; He was killed from a non-combat related Humvee rollover accident in Afghanistan Oct. 3, 2007. Philpot was assigned to 1st Battalion, 263rd Armor Regiment, South Carolina National Guard, Dillon, SC.
SGT Shawn Hill- 37, of Wellford, S.C.; assigned to the 178th Engineer Battalion, 218th Infantry Brigade, South Carolina Army National Guard, Rock Hill, S.C.; died Jan. 2, 2008 in Khowst province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.
SPC David Leimbach- 38, of Taylors, S.C.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 118th Infantry, Fountain Inn, S.C., and attached to the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition), New York Army National Guard; died May 25, 2008 near Bala Baluk, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.
SSG Willie Harley- 48, of Aiken, S.C.; assigned to the 1221st Engineer Clearance Company, Graniteville, S.C.; died Oct. 1, 2010 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
SGT Luther Rabon- 32, of Lexington, S.C.; assigned to the 1221st Engineer Clearance Company, Graniteville, S.C.; died Oct. 1, 2010 in the Paktika province, Afghanistan. Rabon died when the vehicle he was riding in struck an improvised explosive device.
SGT John “J.D.” David Meador II- 36, of Columbia, S.C.; assigned to 133rd Military Police Company, Florence, S.C.; died June 20, 2012 in Khowst province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.
1st Lt. Ryan Davis Rawl- 30, of Lexington, S.C.; assigned to 133rd Military Police Company, 51st Military Police Battalion, Florence, S.C.; died June 20, 2012 in Khost, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.
Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Bradford “Brad” Thomas- 30, of Travelers Rest, S.C.; assigned to 133rd Military Police Company, Florence, S.C.; died June 20, 2012 in Khowst province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.