DID YOU KNOW:
The traditional symbol of Saint Patrick’s Day is the Shamrock. “Shamrock” is the common name for several different kinds of three-leafed clovers native to Ireland. The shamrock was chosen Ireland’s national emblem because of the legend that St. Patrick had used it to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity.
Irish eyes will be smiling in downtown Lexington Sunday March 12th at 3pm as the 2nd Annual St Patrick’s Parade will roll down Main Street. This year’s Grand Marshall is Command Sergeant Major Lamont Christian as we honor and celebrate Fort Jackson’s 100th birthday in 2017.
After a successful inaugural St Patrick’s Parade in 2016 -honoring the SC National Guard’s Adjutant General Robert E. Livingston Jr. as the first ever Grand Marshall -this military tradition continues into 2017.
Fort Jackson soldiers will be marching, the 282nd Fort Jackson Army band will perform, the Ancient Order of Hibernians with their Irish Flags will be waving and watch Irish Step Dancers do their jigs as they dance down Main Street.
Family activities include a carnival of amusement rides, presented by Palmetto Amusements, and new this year, a free family concert featuring the Fort Jackson’s 282nd Military Band and the Rince Na h’Eireann Irish Step Dancers.
The Blowfish will also present the first ever Shamrock Award to Lexington Medical Center for their many years of community service in Lexington County and the Midlands.
The parade route begins on West Main Street from Haygood Ave onto East Main and ends along North Lake Drive. The parade is rain or shine.
The St Patrick’s Parade & Festival is presented in part by the Lexington JayCees, Lexington Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Lexington and the Lexington County Blowfish. For more information log on to www.blowfishbaseball.com
COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR LAMONT CHRISTIAN-2017 GRAND MARSHALL
COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR LAMONT CHRISTIAN
Command Sergeant Major Lamont Christian is a native of Brooklyn, NY. He enlisted in the Army Reserves completing Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, VA as a Parachute Rigger in 1986. He later entered active duty and served with multiple signal, infantry and special mission units at Fort Bragg, NC, including the 82nd Airborne Division, 18th Airborne Corps, and the United States Army Special Operations Command. CSM Christian was later assigned as an Infantry One Station Unit Training Drill Sergeant with 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry and later selected to be a Drill Sergeant Leader at the Fort Benning, Georgia Drill Sergeant Academy. He was then reassigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, HI. He continued to serve with 2nd “Stryker” Brigade Combat Team through the Army’s interim armored vehicle transformation. CSM Christian was later assigned as Command Sergeant Major for 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry, Fort Jackson, SC. He then served with 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. He most recently served as the Commandant of the United States Army Drill Sergeant Academy, Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
CSM Christian has provided leadership from positions that include Team Leader, Squad Leader, Drill Sergeant Leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Command Sergeant Major.
CSM Christian’s military education includes: Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course; United States Army First Sergeant Course, Drill Sergeant Course, Jumpmaster Course, Instructor Trainer Course, Parachute Rigger Course, Pathfinder Course, Battle Staff Course, Sergeant Major Force Management Course, CSM Development Program, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.
CSM Christian’s awards and decorations include the: Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, North American Treaty Organization Medal, Saudi Arabian Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Drill Sergeant Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, French Commando Badge, German Marksmanship Badge, Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion Award). He has earned the basic German, French, and Honduran parachutist badges. CSM Christian is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and a lifetime member of the US Army Infantry and Drill Sergeant Associations.
CSM Christian is married and they have four children.