SC’s 1st female general retiring from Army National Guard

Darlene Goff

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The first woman to become a general officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard is retiring after 37 years in uniform.

Brig. Gen. Darlene Goff is stepping down as the director of the joint staff for the 11,000-member organization. A ceremony in her honor is set for Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Bluff Road Armory in Columbia.

Goff began her service in 1977 as an enlisted soldier and received her commission as a second lieutenant in 1981. In 2010, she became Assistant Adjutant General for Army forces and was promoted to brigadier general.

Guard commander Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston says Goff’s insight into people and her drive to obtain the best from servicemen and women has made her a rare jewel for the Guard.