Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Hundreds of soldiers of the 4th Battalion 118th infantry descended on Fort Moultrie on Dec. 7 to mark a change in command of the unit. The battalion traces its lineage back to 1670 when regiments were organized by county. The purpose of this style of organization was to prevent the threat to the state that a large standing army might present.
Subsequent to the Revolutionary War, the Sumter Guards were founded and were on local defense during the war of 1812. During the Mexican war, this was reorganized into the 118th Infantry, which planted the American Flag on the walls of Mexico City in 1847. The unit has since distinguished itself in the Civil War, World War I, World War II and in places such as Bosnia, Kosovo, the Horn of Africa, Afghanistan and Kuwait.
Outgoing commander LTC Frederick Pasley , resident of Charleston and a retired Lieutenant with the Charleston Police Department has served as commander since September of 2010. Incoming commander LTC Edward Cloyd is a Citadel graduate and has been employed full time by the National Guard as Battalion Administrative Officer. LTC Cloyd resides in Charleston with his wife Rhetta, daughters Haley, Katie, Holland and son Hampton.