Kathi Free,
Executive Assistant

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Napalm Explodes behind Cobra Attack Helicopter

Napalm explodes behind a Cobra Attack Helicopter hovering in front of thousands of spectators at an air and ground show at McEntire Army and Air National Guard Base in 2009. (Photo by WSM)

Maggie, Celebrate Freedom Foundation's Cobra Helicopter

Maggie flies over the tree tops and performs a flyover as thousands below cheer at 2012 Celebrate Freedom Festival in Finlay Park, Columbia, S.C. (Photo by WSM)

U.S. Army Demonstration Team Cobra Helicopter

A U.S. Army Demonstration Team Cobra Helicopter roars past thousands of spectators attending an air and ground show at McEntire Army and Air National Guard Base in 2009.  (Photo by WSM)

Black Hawk Helicopter Hovers

As thousands of spectators attending the 2009 Air and Ground Show at McEntire Army and Air National Guard Base, a Black Hawk Helicopter hovers as the pilot demonstrates the aircraft's maneuverability.  (Photo by WSM)

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Kathi Free, Executive Assistant, Celebrate Freedom Foundation

Kathi O. Free, who has served as Executive Assistant of the Celebrate Freedom Foundation since 2010, oversees the Foundation’s daily operations.

Free studied at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., her hometown. She began her career in state government after moving to Columbia in 1981, and worked for 17 years in S.C. Legislative Information Systems where she was instrumental in developing the South Carolina Legislative Manual.

After transferring to the S.C. Budget and Control Board, Chief Information Office, in 1998, she served as a communications specialist. She worked directly with a number of agencies statewide on developing communications systems and conducting voice communication classes for new state employees. Free also served on the State Emergency Response Team, formed after Hurricane Hugo, that was responsible for establishing communications between county and state officials as part of the state’s disaster preparedness program. She retired from state government in 2009.

Free lives in Columbia. She is a member of Riverland Hills Baptist Church where she serves on the Crisis and Illness Committee. She enjoys many outdoor activities, especially University of South Carolina football.


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