SWU to honor vets

By: Staff report

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University wants to recognize the service and sacrifice of those who put on the uniform for all branches of the U.S. military, and is inviting veterans and their family members to veterans appreciation events Nov. 8 at the Central campus.

At 10 a.m., the public is invited to a chapel honoring our veterans and currently serving military personnel in the auditorium of Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center, 737 Wesleyan Drive, with Army Chaplain, Captain James Burke from Fort Benning, Ga., as the speaker.

Burke studied Bible at Capernwray Bible College in England, earned his BS at The Citadel and his M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He is currently pursuing his doctorate in pastoral counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2009 and graduated from the Chaplains Officer Basic Course at Fort Jackson. Burke was assigned as Rear Battalion Chaplain with the 535th Military Police Battalion during their deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn in 2011. While there, he was promoted to First Lieutenant. Burke was also assigned to the 362nd Quartermaster Battalion in Ft. Bragg, N.C. In May 2015, Burke went on active duty, where he was assigned as the Battalion Chaplain for the 2nd Battalion 58th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga.

At 11 a.m. doors will open for Southern Wesleyan’s first annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon, an invitation-only event for veterans and family members, taking place at The Founders, in the lower level of the University Dining Commons, 120 Childs St., on the Central campus.

Major General Robert E. Livingston Jr., South Carolina Adjutant General, will be the speaker.

As head of the Military Department for the State of South Carolina, Livingston administers the affairs of the South Carolina Army and Air National Guard, the Emergency Management Division, the State Guard and the Youth ChalleNGe Academy.

Livingston’s military service began when he enlisted in the South Carolina Army National Guard in March 1978. He was commissioned through the Palmetto Military Academy, Officer Candidate School in 1980 as the Distinguished Honor Graduate. His military education began with his completion of the U.S. Army Infantry School, followed by Airborne School in 1979. Livingston commanded Task Force 218th in support of Operation Noble Eagle from June 2004 to January 2005. From May 2007 to April 2008, he commanded Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix (VI) in Afghanistan where he was responsible for the training, mentoring and advising of the Afghan National Security Forces.

Livingston also served as director for strategic plans and policy (J5), National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va. His last assignment was as director, J5 Coalition Coordination Center, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

Since January 2011, Livingston has served as The Adjutant General of South Carolina and serves as the last elected Adjutant General for the state of South Carolina. He is married to Barbara Flora Livingston and they have four children, and nine grandchildren.

Livingston is President, Chief Executive Officer, and Owner of Gregory Electric Company, Inc., a provider of commercial and industrial electrical, utility and telecommunications services, headquartered in Columbia.

Livingston earned his bachelor of science in chemistry from Hampden-Sydney College, a bachelor of electrical engineering and a master of science in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He also earned a master of business administration from the University of South Carolina. Livingston is also a graduate of the United States Army War College, where he earned his master of science degree.

This program will include patriotic selections performed by The University Singers and a special recognition for all currently serving military and veterans.

For details and to RSVP, contact Leah Moyer at lmoyer@swu.edu or call (864) 644-5009.

Staff report