EASTOVER, S.C.— U.S. Army Lt. Col. Greg Farley assumed command of the South Carolina National Guard’s McCrady Training Center during an August 19 ceremony at Eastover, S.C.
“The South Carolina Army National Guard always seems to do a great job of choosing the right Soldier for the right position. I can’t think of a better Soldier to assume command of the training center,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., the adjutant general for South Carolina. “Greg has a great background and the experience to do the right things as the commander of the training center.”
A 1993 graduate of The Citadel, Farley has held a multitude of leadership positions during his career in the South Carolina National Guard, to include rifle platoon leader, company commander, battalion commander of the 218th Brigade Support Battalion and deputy commander of the 59th Troop Command.
“It is with great honor that I assume command of the South Carolina Army National Guard Training Center,” Farley said. “I assumed command August 1 and had my first briefing from my staff last Friday. I was truly impressed with the knowledge and level of professionalism they exhibited.”
During his comments, Farley mentioned that the Training Center serves a host of functions with numerous facilities that help support readiness and Soldier welfare.
“Warriors serving Warriors’ is the footer on our briefing slides,” said Farley. “Our motto is ‘Readiness Starts Here!’ These two simple examples demonstrate this command’s commitment to providing the best training simulations, ranges and facilities support for the major subordinate commands in the South Carolina Army National Guard to train on their respective mission essential tasks and be able to perform their wartime mission.”
Farley also spoke of a major international training exercise that began at McCrady Training Center soon after he assumed command. Exercise STEPPE EAGLE is an annual, multi-lateral exercise sponsored the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and executed by U.S. Central Command. This year, it was held at McCrady and focused on multinational peacekeeping and peace support operations.
“At this very moment, there are Soldiers from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the Arizona Army National Guard Training right here at McCrady Training Center,” Farley said. “We also support the active Army in the form of Task Force Marshall to train U.S. Navy Sailors to deploy overseas, and host the U.S. Marine Corps with a tenant unit, Fox Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and have routine visits from Marine Special Operations Command.”
In summary, Farley stressed the importance of being prepared every day to support the mission.
“We play a big part in the South Carolina Army National Guard’s readiness,” Farley said. “We need to keep in mind that the units that allocate time on their training calendars and travel considerable distances to come here and train depend on these simulators, training areas and ranges to be ready. We need to make each duty day count.”