Fort Jackson inviting citizens to tour base, eat lunch with soldiers

Fort Jackson photo from Flickr account.

Fort Jackson’s commander Brig. Gen. Milford Beagle Jr., is inviting South Carolinians to an up-close and personal tour of Fort Jackson, basic training and its soldiers Jan. 24.

“I want to keep the close ties we have with Columbia, the Midlands and for me, South Carolina. I want everyone to know what is in their backyard – that gem is called Fort Jackon,” said Beagle.

The base will host an eight-hour “Come Meet Your Army” tour to give local citizens an opportunity to see and experience the way soldiers train every day. During the tour, visitors will watch a graduation ceremony, visit the reception, observe trainees take on the Army obstacle course, learn to shoot a rifle on a simulator system, eat lunch with soldiers and get answers to any questions related to the Army.

The tour is open to anyone 13-years-old and up, but youth 13 to 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Guests should prepare for indoor and outdoor activities which may include squatting, kneeling, lying on the floor and walking on uneven terrain. Long pants and closed-toe/comfortable shoes are recommended.

The tour begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Lunch is $5.60 per person. Attendees should arrive at the gate no later than 7:45 a.m. with a valid ID. To register and to get more info, click HERE, or call Ft. Jackson Community Relations at 803-751-1474. The deadline to sign up is Jan. 21.

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