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Military Appreciation Day 11/20: Major General Stanhope S. Spears

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As part of Military Appreciation Day at Saturday's football game vs. Troy we'll be honoring several members of the United States Military during a special presentation and featuring their stories on Spurs Up Blog this week.

Major General Stanhope S. Spears, Adjutant General of South Carolina

General Spears.jpgMajor General Spears  leads and directs the 10,500-member South Carolina Army and Air National Guard. His responsibilities as Adjutant General also include supervising State Operations consisting of Budget and Finance, the Department of Information Technology, Construction and Facilities Management Office, State Human Resources, the Youth Challenge Programs, the SC State Guard, the Emergency Management Division, Starbase, SC Homeland Defense/AmeriCorps, Distance Learning, McCrady Dining Facility, McCrady Billeting Operations, and Federal-State Cooperative Agreements. He serves on the Board of Visitors for the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for communities in Schools for South Carolina. General Spears is the senior Adjutant General in the United States.

Spears was born and raised in York County, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Clover High School and the University of South Carolina. Spears played on the football team while attending Carolina. After graduating from USC in 1959 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration, Spears enlisted in the South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG). He served two years in the SCANG before his acceptance into the Palmetto Military Academy (PMA), the South Carolina Army National Guard Officer Candidate School. Upon graduation from PMA in 1962, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army National Guard. He served as a traditional Guard member for the next 32 years, achieving the rank of Brigadier General and assignment as Assistant Adjutant General. After completing a tour as a member of the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee, Spears was appointed by the Secretary of Defense to the prestigious Reserve Forces Policy Board. The Reserve Forces Policy Board is the principal and independent policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense on matters relating to the Reserve Components.
Spears was elected Adjutant General in the statewide General Election Nov. 8, 1994. He was sworn into office with the rank of Major General Jan. 11, 1995. Spears is the state's fifth Adjutant General since 1926 and is the nation's only elected Adjutant General. He is retiring in January after 51 years of service.

Spears' awards and decorations include: The Order of the Palmetto, the State's highest civilian non-military honor, presented by the Governor of South Carolina; Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit Medal; United States Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; National Defense Service Medal; and Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

Biographical information courtesy of The South Carolina Military Department. Read more about Major General Spears on

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which game will be military appreciation this year? 2011 season

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