The announcement of Adjutant General Stan Spears' retirement put to rest long-running speculation about his plans to seek another term.
As a friend of the family, I got to learn a lot about how much time and energy General Spears put into his job, as well as how effective the South Carolina Guard performed in overseas combat missions. South Carolina personnel were well-supported and their relatively low casaulty rates speak to his leadership.
General Spears' service to his state, his nation, and his troops has been unprecedented. He has stood watch over his state's military personnel through two overseas conflicts, as well as numerous disasters. Few South Carolinians can approach his record of service, one which sets a standard we should honor and aspire to.
For his lifetime of service, General Stan Spears has my most heartfelt respect and gratitude. Blogland readers should thank him - and his family - and wish him well in his retirement.