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Major General James E. Lockemy was born and raised in Dillon, S.C. He attended The Citadel, 1967-68; graduated Pembrook State University, 1971 (B.A. History), University of South Carolina School of Law, 1974, (J.D.), and the Citadel, 2012 (Masters History). While at Pembrook State University (1985), he earned the distinction of Outstanding Alumni and received the Distinguished Service Award in 2012.

In December 1974, Lockemy entered active duty in the U.S. Army and was initially assigned to the 18th Airborne Corps. at Ft. Bragg, NC. In 1978, he transferred into the SC Army National Guard, and served in the SCARNG until retiring 30 November 2004 with the Rank of Colonel, after 26 years of uninterrupted military service. SCARNG assignments included Judge Advocate, 218th Infantry Brigade; Staff Judge Advocate, 218th Infantry Brigade Staff Judge Advocate National Training Center at Ft. Irwin (1999); 228 Signal Brigade Troop Command and Army Air Missile Defense Command (2000-2003); Mobilization Chief Legal Officer (2001-2003); SCARNG Military Judge (2001-2003); Staff Judge Advocate, 28th Infantry Division, Multi-National Brigade and Task Force Falcon, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo (2003-2004).

In 2005, Lockemy entered the SC Military Department Joint Services Detachment (JSD), serving as a legal officer in the Legal Directorate, as Director of the Legal Directorate, as JSD Deputy Commander and beginning December 2012, as JSD Commander. Lockemy has earned numerous military awards including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Services Medal (2nd Award), Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Medal (3rd Award), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserves Medal w/Silver Hourglass and “m” Device, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and the SC Army National Guard Retirement Medal.

BG Lockemy began his law career as partner with Greene Lockemy and Bailey 1979-1989. He served as Legislative Assistant to US Senator J. Strom Thurmond and Minority Counsel to US Senate Judiciary Committee (1978-1979). In 1989, he was elected as a SC House of Representatives member, where he served until 1989. He was seated as SC Circuit Court Judge, serving from 1989–2008.

In 2009, he was elected and currently serves as Judge on SC Court of Appeals. His Bar Admissions include SC Bar (1974); US Court of Appeals for Armed Forces (1975); US Supreme Court (1979); and US District Court and US Court of Appeals (4th Circuit).



The Joint Services Detachment (JSD) is a State Defense Force military unit and is part of the organized militia of the State of South Carolina. It was organized in 1996 by South Carolina Adjutant General Stanhope S. Spears. The JSD’s present table of organization calls for 18 uniformed members, 12 associate members, plus such advisors as the Adjutant General may designate. JSD’s mission is to provide professional expertise and support for projects which materially benefit current military activities of the South Carolina Military Department (SCMD), and/or which promote the professional military image, historical stature, and reputation for reliability and achievement, of the SCMD. The JSD operates similarly to a civil affairs detachment. The 30 plus “citizen-soldier” members are comprised of academic, governmental and business leaders, and members of the military, medical, legal and financial professions. All JSD members are volunteers, all are proud of their service, and all are proud of the military uniform they wear. In short, the JSD is an organization where initiative, teamwork, leadership and expertise are bound together at many levels and across many disciplines, so to assist the SCMD assist and protect the citizens of South Carolina, and at no appropriated cost to the taxpayer. James E. Lockemy, Major General, JSD, SCMD Commander, 15 Decemberl 2012

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