SC Adj. Gen. hands job to Maj. Gen. Livingston

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina is getting a new top military commander when Adjutant General Stanhope Spears passes the job on to Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston.

Gov.-elect Nikki Haley is presiding over Sunday's change-of-command ceremony in Columbia.

The 73-year-old Spears is stepping down after 16 years. The two-star general is the nation's longest serving adjutant general and has worn a military uniform for 51 years.

Fifty-four-year-old Livingston was elected without opposition in November.

Livingston commanded the state's largest post-World War II deployment in 2007 when he led 1,800 soldiers from the Newberry-based 218th Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan to help train local military units.

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