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Andrew W. Batten is the Director of Construction and Facility Management for the South Carolina Military Department. He is responsible for planning major construction projects and real property management of over two million square feet of facility space and 16,000 acres of training land supporting nearly 9,500 South Carolina National Guard soldiers. He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the South Carolina National Guard where he serves as the State Army Aviation Officer. Andrew is an Army Master Aviator who served as a Deputy Aviation Brigade Commander, 59th Aviation Troop Command. He served as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer of the 2-151 Security and Support Helicopter Battalion, planning and preparing for disaster response and homeland security. He deployed as the 2-151 Aviation Battalion Task Force Commander (Joint Task Force Liberty) to the southwestern U.S. border in 2012, supporting the Department of Homeland Security. Andrew commanded a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter company during deployment to Iraq in 2005 where his unit was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation and he earned the Bronze Star. Andrew has over 3,000 flight hours, including 500 combat mission hours. In his community, he has served on the Kershaw County Christian Community Ministry Board, the Liberty Public Policy forum, and as a soccer coach. Andrew earned his MBA from Wake Forest University, BA from Wofford College, and is currently enrolled in a Master of Strategic Studies Program at the U.S. Army Senior Service College. He resides in Camden, South Carolina. Andrew is a member of the sixth class of the Liberty Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.