Military

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: US Marine Veteran James Crosby

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Ethan Gardner conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is US Marine Veteran James Crosby. This is a preview of Gardner's interview with Crosby.

James Crosby (left) with Soldier Salute host Ethan Gardner. James Crosby comes from a Marine family. His father proudly served, which motivated James to follow in his fathers footsteps. When the attacks on the World Trade Center shook the world, Crosby was ready to fight. It is unfortunate that his fight was a short one, but his injuries are a…

Carolina Panthers cheerleaders, mascot visit Dorn veterans

Sir Purr Show Caption Hide Caption cheerleaders-2 Show Caption Hide Caption cheerleaders 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Veterans, VA staff, and visitors at the Dorn facility were treated to a surprise visit Tuesday by two of the Carolina Panthers cheerleaders, and team mascot “Sir Purr.” The “Top Cats,” as these young ladies are known, visited with veterans, posed for pictures,…

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Vietnam Veteran Waco Cotney

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Ethan Gardner conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is Vietnam Veteran Waco Cotney. This is a preview of Gardner's interview with Cotney.

Cotney (left) with Gardner after their Soldier Salute interview. If there were ever a man who put his country before himself, it would be Waco Cotney. A recipient of the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars for Valor, Waco’s lineage in South Carolina goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War. His family originally fought as Loyalists in the…

Local businesses repair ’88 Ford as homecoming present for new Marine

Micah poses in front of his new truck Friday afternoon. Photos provided by the Wooten family. One young Newberry resident was the recipient of a big surprise Friday afternoon. Micah Wooten, a 17-year-old volunteer firefighter, just completed the recruiting process to become a Marine. His father, Matt Wooten, was confident his son would complete the defining right-of-passage during training, known…

Blythewood yoga program offers restoration for military members, veterans

Yoga studio at Big Red Barn Retreat Show Caption Hide Caption veteran hat Show Caption Hide Caption Big Red Barn Retreat yoga for veterans Show Caption Hide Caption Yoga for veterans Show Caption Hide Caption IRest Yoga Nidra Show Caption Hide Caption Members of the yoga for veterans class position themselves on their yoga mats. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Step into…

Dorn VA student volunteers help package meals at Harvest Hope Food Bank

assembling boxes Show Caption Hide Caption Ethan Hall Show Caption Hide Caption Dorn volunteers Show Caption Hide Caption Members of the VA Summer Student Volunteer Program helped package food at Harvest Hope Tuesday. Chris Timmers photos. Thirty six middle and high school volunteers met at Harvest Hope Food Bank Tuesday to package, sort, and ship donated food to families in…

Veteran’s Recognition Night to be held at Lexington County Baseball Stadium

Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The July 5 contest between the Lexington County Blowfish and Macon Bacon will serve as Veterans’ Night at the baseball stadium. A collaborative effort of the Lexington County Blowfish and American Legion Post 7, the event will serve as a salute to the organization’s 100th birthday. Free admission and food inside the VIP Stadium room will…

Carowinds to offer free admission for military

Photo from Carowinds website. The Carolinas’ shared theme park, Carowinds, is about to offer a special deal for members of the military. According to Director of Communications Lisa Stryker, Carowinds will soon allow free admission for active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with valid military I.D. The free admission…

Funeral home holding burial service to honor unclaimed Vietnam veteran

File photo. A representative from Caughman-Harman Funeral Home in Chapin informed the community of a Midlands veteran who has passed away, with no family to claim him. “It is my honor to use the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Program to give this Veteran that final salute. I am reaching out once again asking that you (the public) help us serve…

AC Flora grad wins scholarship after five years of volunteering at VA hospital

Daniel 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Daniel 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Daniel 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Daniel Finney, scholarship recipient. Chris Timmers photos. Daniel Matthew Harper Finney, a recent AC Flora graduate, has been named the winner of the James H. Parke Memorial Fund Summer Youth Scholarship award. Working as a volunteer for the last five years at…

Cardinal Newman junior wins prestigious West Point Leadership Award from U.S. Military Academy

Jacqueline Johnston (right) poses with her award. Chris Timmers photo. Jacqueline Johnston, a rising senior at Cardinal Newman High School, has been awarded this year’s West Point Leadership Award by the United States Military Academy. Johnston is a young lady of talent and skill. She plays varsity soccer and volleyball, represents her class as Student Council Vice President, and has…

Armed female detained by Fort Jackson police while attempting to enter base

Jazzmine Thompson. Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center photo. Fort Jackson police took custody of an armed alleged criminal Monday night. The female in custody, Jazzmine K. Thompson, attempted to enter the post. She was found to have a warrant from Fairfield County for two counts of attempted murder, possession of a deadly weapon during a violent crime, and discharging a…

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: US Army Colonel Retired Kevin Shwedo

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Don Sornson conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is U.S. Army Colonel Retired Kevin Shwedo. This is a preview of Sornson's interview with Shwedo.

Col. Kevin Shwedo. Photo provided. If you ever think you have more going on than you can manage, just google Kevin Shwedo. You may recognize his name as the Director of the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, but that is just scratching the surface. Kevin retired from the US Army as a “Full Bird” Colonel and soon took on a…

Midlands Technical College named “Best for Veterans” by Military Times

Air Force veteran David Peacock is a student in MTC’s automotive technology program. Photo provided. Military Times selected Midlands Technical College (MTC) as a Military Times “Best College for Veterans” for 2019. MTC is the only two-year college in South Carolina to receive this designation. “We honor our student veterans and are proud to be named a Military Times ‘Best…

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Command Sergeant Major Retired Jim Wertman

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Don Sornson conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is Command Sergeant Major Retired Jim Wertman. This is a preview of Sornson's interview with Wertman.

Army Veteran Jim Wertman. Photo provided. This week on the Soldier Salute we get to know US Army Veteran and local businessman Jim Wertman. Jim joined the US Army from Connecticut in 1963, attended basic training at Ft. Dix New Jersey, AIT (advanced individual training), at Ft. Steward Georgia as a 716, and became the Military Occupational Specialty for an…

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Chief Tom Bauer of the 282 Army Band

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Don Sornson conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is Chief Tom Bauer, of the 282 Army Band. This is a preview of Sornson's interview with CW3 Bauer.

CW3 Tom Bauer. Photo provided. This week on the Soldier Salute we get to know Chief Tom Bauer of the 282nd US Army Band. Chief Bauer is a native of Clemson, where he joined the US Army in 1996. Bauer had the intention of serving four years to earn some money for college but with his newfound love of his…

Fort Jackson band to perform free concert for Veterans Day

Fort Jackson will celebrate the centennial of the Armistice ending World War One on Nov. 11 with a Veterans Day concert free to the public. The performance will include a choir with bass and percussion, accompanied by organist, Debbie Bauer. The featured band, The Fort Jackson 282nd Band, will perform music by J.S. Bach, Aaron Copland, Marcel Dupré and Maurice…

Purple heart awarded to WWI Sergeant 100 years later

Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle, Jr., Fort Jackson commanding general, receives a token of appreciation from Mr. Perry Lloyd following Purple Heart ceremony Show Caption Hide Caption Sgt. Perry Loyd Show Caption Hide Caption Purple Heat Medal Show Caption Hide Caption Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr., Ft. Jackson commanding general, Command Sgt. Maj. Jerimiah Gan (right), present Mr. Perry…

Fort Jackson hosts carnival to educate Midlands residents on fire safety

Ft. Jackson carnival 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Ft. Jackson carnival Show Caption Hide Caption Ft. Jackson carnival 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Ft. Jackson carnival 4 Show Caption Hide Caption Photos from previous carnival years, courtesy of Ft. Jackson. Fire Prevention Week is around the corner (Oct. 7-Oct. 13), and Fort Jackson is kicking off the week with a…

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Lamont Christian

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Don Sornson conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Lamont Christian. This is a preview of Sornson's interview with CSM Christian.

Command Sgt. Major Lamont Christian. Photo provided by Don Sornson The best thing about having a radio show like the Soldier Salute is all the great service men and women I get the opportunity to meet. This week’s guest is Command Sergeant Major Lamont Christian, and right away I knew that CSM Christian was the kind of Non-Commissioned Officer I…

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Army National Guard Sergeant First Class Retired Taz Little

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Don Sornson conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is S.C. Army National Guard Sergeant First Class Retired Taz Little. This is a preview of Sornson's interview with Little.

Sergeant First Class Retired Taz Little In the loving way members of different branches of the military pick on each other, marines are sometimes called “Jar Heads.”  But the same person uttering that bit of a jab will turn and say “Marines aren’t Jar Heads – you can put stuff in a jar.” Sergeant First Class Retired (SFC R) Taz…

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: U.S. Air Force Tech Sergeant Retired Dave Peacock

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Don Sornson conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is U.S. Air Force Tech Sergeant Retired Dave Peacock. This is a preview of Sornson's interview with Peacock.

Sgt. Dave Peacock. Don Sornson provided photo. This week on the Soldier Salute, we’re talking to US Air Force Tech Sergeant Retired Dave Peacock. He has had an incredible career and served his country proudly – fulfilling a family tradition that goes back several generations. “My grandfather was an Air Force drill instructor, my uncles were Army in Vietnam, my…

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Retired U.S. Army Captain Tom Byrd

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Don Sornson conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is Retired U.S. Army Captain Tom Byrd. This is a preview of Sornson's interview with Byrd.

Capt. Tom Byrd. Photo provided by Don Sornson. Retired US Army Captain Tom Byrd talked to us this week about his time in the Army and the Come Meet Your Army Tour that is taking place September 20. Byrd is currently serving as the Community Relations Officer for Fort Jackson and is part of the team that is bringing us…