SC Politics

South Carolina Senator Injured While Serving In Africa

Senate President: Lawmaker’s injuries “not life threatening” but “will require some recovery.”

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

South Carolina state senator Stephen Goldfinch was injured during a military deployment to Africa, a message from the president of his legislative chamber noted.

According to a letter from S.C. Senate president Thomas Alexander, Goldfinch was “injured in Africa” on Tuesday (August 1, 2023) and is “being transported to Germany for surgery.”

“His injuries are not life-threatening but will require some recovery,” Alexander wrote. “I’m delighted to report he is okay and in good spirits.”

No information was provided regarding the nature of Goldfinch’s injury, which was reportedly sustained outside of his “military duties.”

Here is Alexander’s letter …

(Click to View)

Letter from S.C. Senate President Thomas Alexander (Provided)

Goldfinch is a captain in the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade of the South Carolina National Guard. He was deployed on June 17, 2023 to Djibouti, a small nation of approximately 9,000 square miles (approximately the size of Vermont or New Hampshire) located on northeast African coast across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen.

Djibouti is bordered to the south by Somalia, site of the infamous Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. That battle killed eighteen American soldiers and wounded another 73 – and was the deadliest engagement involving American forces since the Vietnam War.

Goldfinch, 40 of Conway, S.C., missed several days of the 2023 legislative session as he trained for this mission – but was expected to return to the Palmetto State in time for the commencement of the 2024 legislative session next January in Columbia, S.C.



Will Folks (Brett Flashnick)

Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children.



Got something you’d like to say in response to one of our articles? Or an issue you’d like to address proactively? We have an open microphone policy! Submit your letter to the editor (or guest column) via email HERE. Got a tip for a story? CLICK HERE. Got a technical question or a glitch to report? CLICK HERE.


Get our newsletter by clicking here …


Related posts

SC Politics

Former Midlands GOP Chairman Arrested

Will Folks
SC Politics

South Carolina Democrats Are Bailing On Heather Bauer

Will Folks
SC Politics

South Carolina Runoff Races: Nobody Voted



MaryContrary Top fan August 1, 2023 at 5:16 pm

Thank you Senator Goldfinch for your service.

What? August 1, 2023 at 5:17 pm

“Serving in Africa”?

This guy isn’t in the military or national guard, so how exactly was he “serving” in Africa?

Ask basic questions Fits”News”

John August 1, 2023 at 6:58 pm

But he is….get your facts straight. You won’t be getting a job at Fits anytime soon.


Leave a Comment