One of the things that Columbians like to brag about is the wonderful military community we have in the US Army Training Center and Fort Jackson. The military base will commemorate its 100 year anniversary this year.
Fort Jackson was named for U.S. Army General and seventh President of the United States of America, Andrew Jackson. The base is the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Army, training 50 percent of the Army’s Basic Combat Training members and 60 percent of the women entering the Army each year. It is also home to the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, the Armed Forces Army Chaplaincy Center and School, the National Center for Credibility Assessment and the Army’s Drill Sergeant School. The fort sits on over 52,000 acres, including more than 100 ranges and training sites and 1,160 buildings. Soldiers, civilians, retirees and family members all make up this community, with the Ft. Jackson Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation organization “providing a source of balance that ensures an environment in which Service Members and Families can thrive”. The base is also home to the U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum, Fort Jackson Golf Club, Palmetto Greens Miniature Golf, Palmetto Falls Water Park, Century Lanes Bowling Center, Victory Travel Office, Weston Lake, Knight Indoor Swimming Pool and much more. On June 2, 1917, Congress approved the War Department plan to place a World War I training base near Columbia, and in 2017 Fort Jackson will commemorate its centennial with a series of commemorations and events, both on and off post. Watch for them or go to http://fortjackson100.com/ to learn more.
“I am proud to live in an area that values its military men and women so much. Fort Jackson’s history and accomplishments are part of what makes Columbia such a great city,” commented Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes. McGuinn’s Burnside Farms community of homes is located just minutes from Fort Jackson.