Husband-Wife Team Join the S.C. State Guard
by CAROL A TABER
August 7, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. - 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 Army in Columbia.
Brig. Gen. Richard Eckstrom
"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 are now 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. Pounds, is employed by Lexington Women's Care in Columbia, one of the state's largest OB/GYN facilities.
The Pounds - the newest husband-wife team to join the S.C. State Guard - serve in the State Guard's information office
Carol A. Taber is a respected communications professional with more than 25 years of leadership experience at major media companies and particular expertise in start-up, turnaround, and repositioning projects. She has delivered a consistent, extraordinary record of increasing revenues and profit, opening new markets/revenue streams, and developing new lines of affinity businesses and multi-media opportunities. Her work has been recognized with such awards as Outstanding Media Person of the Year, World's Who's Who of Women, and induction into the National Academy of Women Achievers. Taber also served on the New Jersey Board of Directors of the International Women's Forum, an organization that provides women of extraordinary achievement a global communication and networking opportunity.