Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Family members say Inez "Renee" Baker was a hard-working, family-oriented woman.
Inez "Renee" Baker, the civilian contractor and Army veteran from Cayce who was killed Friday during an attack at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, is described by her family as a woman of faith who was proud to be a soldier, according to reports. “She loved being a soldier,” her youngest son Andre Odom told The State newspaper. “She was proud of being a soldier.” The attack happened when three men wearing Afghan military uniforms forced their way onto the base and opened fire, according to the Associated Press. Baker, a 1979 graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School, leaves behind two sons, 22-year-old Andre Odom and 28-year-old Larry Mitchell Jr., according to The State. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Pearson's Funeral Home …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The 150 members of the 122nd Engineer Battalion will be deployed to Afghanistan following training in Texas.
Here is the full release from the S.C. National Guard: The South Carolina National Guard’s 122nd Engineer Battalion will hold a departure ceremony and casing of the colors for approximately 150 deploying Soldiers Saturday, Feb. 23, at Lexington High School, Lexington, S.C. The ceremony will begin in the gymnasium promptly at 10 a.m. From South Carolina, the unit will travel to Texas for training prior to departing for Afghanistan. The 122nd Engineers will be mobilized and deployed for approximately 12 months. The 122nd Engineers mission is to train Afghan National Army (ANA) Engineer units, perform construction and deconstruction operations, and conduct route clearance in order to support the drawdown of U.S. Forces. “Elements of the …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The fourth-grade students collected goods to send to help children in Afghanistan.
Saxe Gotha Elementary students, staff and parents recently donated goods for children in Afghanistan. The son of Saxe Gotha Elementary Math Coach Sandy Bressette is an Army Special Forces soldier stationed in a remote village in the mountains of Afghanistan. A part of his team’s mission is to build community with the local people, and the Saxe Gotha family collected clothing and food items to help with this mission. Submitted by Lexington One.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Two other Guardsmen from Columbia and Easley also killed in Wednesday suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan's war-torn Khost Province.
Update: 6 p.m. -- In addition to Richland County's Ryan Rawl, the S.C. National Guard has named two other South Carolinians killed in Wednesday's suicide attack in Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston, Jr, the state's Adjutant General, identified the other soldiers as Spc. John Meador II of Columbia, and Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Bradford "Brad" Thomas of Easley. Five guardsmen were also wounded in the attack, Livingston said. Wednesday’s attack took place in a marketplace in the city of Khost, near the Pakistani border and about 90 miles southeast of the Afghan capital, Kabul, said the Associated Press. The assailant approached on foot through the shops and taxi stands packed with people and then detonated his explosives as he approached…
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Candidates sparred over torture and troop withdrawal in Afghanistan, and some rooted openly for the assassination of foreign scientists
SPARTANBURG — Saturday night's debate at Wofford College showed America that while the eight Republican candidates for president may be likeminded in their aversion to President Barack Obama's policies, their stances on key foreign policy issues are anything but cookie-cutter. The most contentious moments came over a topic that became white hot during President George W. Bush's administration: torture. The question that started the sparring was posed online by Stephen Schafroth, which asked whether or not he supported interrogation techniques that have now been prohibited by Obama's administration. Atlanta businessman Herman Cain, who spent much of his time during the foreign policy debate by saying he'd defer to his military advisors, was…