Colonel Charles T. Muse, Sr. is the commander of the 1st Civil Support Brigade of the S.C. State Guard. COL Muse was commissioned a Colonel in the SCSG June 6, 2015 and was assigned to the 3rd Brigade as its commander on January 2, 2016. He was appointed as the first Commander of the newly formed 1st Civil Support Brigade September 1, 2018.
Colonel Muse is a native of Hamlet, North Carolina. He graduate from Coastal Carolina Community College with honors with a degree in accounting and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. He received his MBA degree from East Tennessee State University and his doctorate in Adult and Community College Education with a minor in Public Administration from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Additionally, he successfully completed both the Institute for Management of Lifelong Education at Harvard University and The League for Innovation in the Community College Executive Leadership Institute. He serves on the Board of Victors of Catawba College, is a Seven-day Adventist Church Elder, and has served as the President of several civic organizations to include the Darlington Rotary Club.
Colonel Muse currently teaches business management and leadership courses as an online adjunct professor and a Competency Based Education Specialist in the area of Supply Management Relationships for Brandman University in Irvine, CA. He previously served as the Executive Director of the National Robotics Center; twenty years as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florence-Darlington Technical College and held several other leadership positions in higher education to include the Director of College Relations at Georgia Southwestern State University, obtaining the rank of Associate Professor of Education, and was the Assistant Dean for the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Nevada-Reno. He has held several teaching positions to include East Carolina University, University of Nevada-Reno, Georgia Southwestern State University, and Brandman University. Dr. Muse was honored this year by Brandman University with a Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Muse has published several text books in college success skills. He also established several consulting businesses in the areas of goal setting, time management, and corporate mission development and a SCUBA diving business off the coast of North Carolina.
COL Muse joined the Marine Corps on March 27, 1969 under the Office Candidate School program. He completed his 31 years of service as the Assistant Chief of Staff for the Marine Corps Recruiting Command.
COL Muse’s decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation with star, the Meritorious Unit Commendation with four Stars, the Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon with four stars, the National Defense Medal with star, the Vietnam Service Medal with star, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal. His South Carolina State Guard awards include two Individual Achievement Ribbons and three Humanitarian Service Ribbons.
COL Muse lives with his wife the former Susan Maria Hutchins in Florence, SC and they have three adult sons; Thomas serves in the U.S. Army as an Army Aviator and completed the Army Intelligence School in 2018. He previously served in the SCSG as a 2nd LT, Matthew is currently on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, he is a LCpl serving in the Motor Transportation Field, and Alex works with Homeland Security and is a MP Captain in the Army Reserve. The family does a mission trip each year and will travel this year to several islands in the Caribbean.