Blowfish management names 2017 St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshall
Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) Bill Shanahan, the owner of the Lexington County Blowfish, announced the Grand Marshal of the 2017 2nd annual Lexington St. Patrick’s Day Parade Thursday afternoon. In front of a packed room, Shanahan said that Command Sgt. Major Lamont Christian of Ft. Jackson would be bestowed with that honor.
CSM 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 service where his career covers many years of honorable service.
From that point forward Christian has held numerous leadership positions with the army that eventually led to his being named the Commandant of the United States Army Drill Sergeant Academy, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. This is the highest enlisted rank that you can earn at an army installation.
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, and many, many more.
He has served in Southwest Asia, Afghanistan, and Iraq in overseas campaigns and conflicts.
He has also been recognized numerous times for his work making the communities and countries he has served in better places. Some of these recognitions include the Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Saudi Arabian Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal,
He has also been recognized by a number of other countries for proficiency in their military’s tactics and training. Some of these include the basic German, French, and Honduran parachutist badges.
CSM Christian is married and has four children.
Christian said Thursday that he was proud to have been selected as the Grand Marshal of the 2017 parade. He joked that he had marched in every St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lexington since its inception(this is actually the second year it’s been held) and looked forward to being here in the parade for many more years.
The parade is scheduled for Sunday, March 12th at 3:00 p.m. It runs the length of Main Street from Haygood Street to North Lake Drive.