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Alumnus Ross Deployed to Serve Patients From Caribbean

The State Guard Association of the United States annual banquet was held in Myrtle Beach on Saturday, September 23. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster was the keynote speaker as well as Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Marine Corp Major General (RET) James Livingston.

At the conclusion of the banquet, SC State Guard Major General Tom Mullikin made the announcement that the governor along with the U.S. Army Medical Unit out of Fort Jackson, SC, requested the SC State Guard to be activated to help transport patients from Puerto Rico as a result of the devastation from Hurricane Maria.

Because the Puerto Rican hospitals have no power or water, critical patients are being flown to the Columbia, SC, airport where a military triage and medical personnel are set up to aid casualties. Area hospitals, such as Palmetto Richland and Providence Hospital, are transporting patients from the airport to their hospital.

SC State Guard Captain/Major Promotable Jason Ross (’98, M.B.A. ‘08) who also serves as NGU’s Director of Corporate Giving and Development and Adjunct Professor for the College of Business and Sport Professions was in attendance at the banquet and was assigned to deploy.

“I was pulled into an officers meeting and assigned as the Officer in Charge [OIC]) to run the Tactical Operation Center [TOC] for the SC State Guard,” Ross said. “I drove straight [from Myrtle Beach] to the Columbia airport on Sunday to report to my duty station.”

CPT/MAJ(P) Ross is OIC for 1st Brigade, 2nd Brigade, and 3rd Brigade. He is managing the TOC for the SC State Guard which involves coordinating troop movement and keeping the U.S. Army updated on his servicepeople and their responsibilities of medical detachment, aviation strike team, and security. The troops are being housed in the Platt Springs Army National Guard Armory beside the Columbia airport.

“As of right now, we are deployed till Sunday, October 1,” Ross said.

When asked why he decided to join the SC State Guard eight years ago, he responds, “to serve the great state of SC and come to the aid of the citizens during natural and man-made disasters. It's about serving humanity.”

Ross is thankful for his co-workers at NGU for carrying on his job responsibilities in his absence and is grateful for a supportive wife to take care of the responsibilities at home.

“It is truly an honor to help the people of Puerto Rico. To see the sadness on their face when they arrive off the plane and seeing them light up when we are helping them is a true blessing. Some are in critical condition. Many have lost everything back at their home,” he said.

Mark 10:45 says, "For even the son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."

“We are called to be servants,” Ross said.

       

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