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Magistrate Christine confirms Army National Guard activation

Posted: May 4, 2012 - 5:28pm  |  Updated: May 4, 2012 - 5:34pm
Columbia County Chief Magistrate Bobby Christine confirmed Friday that he'll be activated through the Georgia Army National Guard as of May 14.  Special
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Columbia County Chief Magistrate Bobby Christine confirmed Friday that he'll be activated through the Georgia Army National Guard as of May 14.

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Columbia County Chief Magistrate Bobby confirmed Friday that he’s been activated through the Georgia Army National Guard.

“As of May 14, I am going to be on active duty,” Christine said. “I’m being mobilized to backfill an active duty officer who is going overseas.”

Christine opted not to seek re-election because of the likely activation.

He’s served four years as associate magistrate before being appointed to fill the nearly four remaining years of former Chief J. Wade Padgett’s term in February 2009. That term ends Dec. 31.

Christine said there are procedures in place to keep the court running in his absence.

But U.S. Army regulations prevent Christine from being activated and on a ballot at the same time.

Anticipating the activation and possible deployment, Christine announced in December that he wouldn’t run to allow other qualified people to qualify to run for the position. He didn’t want to wait until closer to the May 23-25 qualifying dates to see if the orders would be confirmed.

Associate Magistrate Jason Troiano, and local attorneys Jason Hasty and Chris Hudson have announced their intent to seek the seat.

Christine, a National Guard lieutenant colonel, is a Judge Advocate General officer. He was activated and deployed to Iraq for 14 months in 2003 and 2004.

Though he’s met his obligations to the Army and can walk away from the reserves at any time, Christine said he has one more year to serve before he meets the 20 years of service needed to retire.

“Many reservists have done much more than I have,” Christine said, adding he’ll likely be serving stateside.

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Comments (8)

LBenedict

Be safe, don't forget to

Be safe, don't forget to duck, and if they're not dressed like you...shoot.

Austin Rhodes

Well...

He is only going to Atlanta...but that is still pretty good advice...

Dixieman

Good for him!

Duty before personal advancement. There should be more of this. A great example to all of us.

madgerman

what is he

First of all, is he National Guard or U.S. Army Reserves? Second question is given his young appearance, how in the world did he accumulate enough days for a 20 year retirement? Third, I always thought it was against regulations to hold and actively participate in political office while in uniform.

madgerman

what is he

First of all, is he National Guard or U.S. Army Reserves? Second question is given his young appearance, how in the world did he accumulate enough days for a 20 year retirement? Third, I always thought it was against regulations to hold and actively participate in political office while in uniform.

corazon

Good

You were not a good judge, get out and let somebody that really know the law do a good job. it Is very scary that someone with your poor judgement is defending our country. I hope you don't make decisions that put peoples lives in peril just so you wont be late for golf .

kjggfddddd

augmama

Corazon - couldn't have said

Corazon - couldn't have said it better myself. Oh wait: I could have. I have a moderate grasp of grammar.

Riverman1

The article says...

The article says he's in the National Guard. I'm not an expert on the Guard-Reserves, but I think they can accumulate enough points to "retire" if they have lots of active duty time, but not actually draw any retirement money until they are 62. In any case, anyone doing his duty to protect this country should have our admiration.

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