COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina's adjutant general says the state is implementing changes to protect troops in the Palmetto State following an executive order from Gov. Nikki Haley.
Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston said the order Haley issued Monday will allow the state to "take the next step of force protection for troops on U.S. soil."
The governor's order called for enhanced security at state recruitment centers and other facilities of the South Carolina National Guard, including force protection training for qualified guard members through SLED. Those members would then be armed and given specific duties and responsibilities to detect and prevent crimes at those facilities.
It also referenced the domestic terrorist attack at a military recruitment center and Naval station in Chattanooga in July, in which four marines were killed and a fifth was injured. The gunman in that attack was also killed.
"We are implementing changes partnered with SLED and the Department of Public safety that are proactive, realistic and sustainable," Livingston said in a statement. "We will continue to take all steps necessary ensure our South Carolina National Guardsmen have the proper force protection both here and abroad while they protect our citizens."
The order also called expedited applications for concealed weapons permits from any member of the South Carolina National Guard.