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Husband-wife team join State Guard
COLUMBIA, SC - Keith A. Pounds and Kelly A. Pounds were sworn into the S.C. State Guard at the ranks of 1st LT and Cpl., respectively, Saturday, Aug. 4.
The ceremonies presided over by Brig. Gen. Richard Eckstrom – commander of the S.C. State Guard and comptroller general of S.C. – were held at the State Guard’s historic Olympia armory in Columbia.
“Lt. Pounds and Cpl. Pounds reflect the high standards we demand of those men and women applying for commissions or enlisting in the State Guard, as well as those already serving who are seeking junior officer or NCO rank,” says COL Tom Mullikin, deputy commander, S.C. State Guard. “Both have proven professional leadership experience, and we will now be the beneficiaries of that experience.”
Lt. Pounds is a former U.S. Navy corpsman having served aboard both USS Joseph Hewes – a (Commodore Dudley Wright) Knox-class frigate – and with the 4th Marine Division. Pounds holds a master’s degree in business administration and is currently employed by Courtesy Management of Orangeburg.
Pounds’ wife, Cpl. Kelly Pounds, is employed by Lexington Women’s Care in Columbia, one of the state’s largest OB/GYN facilities.
As the newest husband-wife team to join the S.C. State Guard, the Pounds serve in the State Guard’s information office.
– Carol A. Taber, pres. of Family Security Matters, is the former publisher of several national magazines including Working Woman, Working Mother and Success.