Military

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Brigadier General Milford Beagle Jr.

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 Brigadier General Milford Beagle Jr. This is a preview of Sornson’s interview with Beagle.

B.G. Milford Beagle Jr. By retired Sergeant First Class Don Sornson Jr. Brigadier General (BG) Milford Beagle Jr. is a South Carolina native. Born in the upstate region of South Carolina in the small town of Enoree, when asked about himself he keeps it simple. “I’m a son, I’m a soldier, I’m a spouse and I’m a father,” said BG…

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Navy Veteran Bobby Hunter

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. Navy Veteran Bobby Hunter. This is a preview of Sornson’s interview with Hunter, and special guest Kaylee Swanson.

Bobby Hunter. Photo provided by Don Sornson. By retired Sergeant First Class Don Sornson Jr. Petty Officer Bobby Hunter never set out to join the military. Bobby’s father retired from the US Army, and to Bobby, that was not the life for him. “Initially I really didn’t want to go in the military, just that when I started going to…

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Marine Corps Veteran Ethan Gardner

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. Marine Corps veteran Ethan Gardner. This is a preview of Sornson’s interview with Gardner.

Ethan Gardner. Photo used with permission. By retired Sergeant First Class Don Sornson Jr. U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ethan Gardner joined the Marine Corps as an 0311, better known as an infantryman. It wasn’t the same infantryman that you might be imagining though, Ethan was part of a F.A.S.T (Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team). “We deployed all over the world to…

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Marine Corps Veteran Bill Britt

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 Marine Corps Veteran Bill Britt. This is a preview of Sornson’s interview with Britt.

Billy Britt.  Photo provided by Don Sornson. By Retired Sergeant First Class Don Sornson Jr. In this edition of the Soldier Salute, we’re featuring U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Bill Britt. Britt is a native of Lexington, who joined the Marine Corps immediately after 9/11. He was part of the initial raids into Iraq and Fallujah in 2003. Although Britt was…

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Army Veteran Robert Fitzgerald

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 Army Veteran Robert Fitzgerald. This is a preview of Sornson’s interview with Fitzgerald.

Robert Fitzgerald. Photo provided. By Retired Sergeant First Class Don Sornson Jr. You often hear an interview start with the host saying something like, “Robert, we’re glad you could be with us today.” In the case of US Army Veteran Robert Fitzgerald, we are indeed glad to have him with us today. During a combat mission, Fitzgerald sustained a gunshot…

Summer Jam concert Friday to benefit programs for veterans with PTSD

Military supporters and all Midlands residents who enjoy live music are encouraged to attend the Big Red Barn Retreat’s Summer Jam, this Friday evening at DOKO Meadows Park in Blythewood. The benefit will be raising money for the Big Red Barn retreat, which provides free therapeutic services to veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other combat-related stresses. Veterans…

Army’s Golden Knights perform tandem jump, invite Midlands resident to participate

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Ft. Jackson celebrates 101 years with big party, concert

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Big Fort Jackson concert with Sara Evans, Rodney Atkins is Saturday, and it’s free

From last year’s concert featuring Kellie Pickler. Allen Wallace photo. A free concert featuring Sara Evans and Rodney Atkins is scheduled for Saturday, at Fort Jackson’s Hilton Field. Fort Jackson celebrates its 101st anniversary this year. Gates for the celebration open at 3 p.m. and the venue opens at 4 p.m. The show is free and open to the public. …

More info about June 2, Fort Jackson 101st Birthday Celebration concert

The Fort Jackson 101 concert, sponsored by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, taking place at Hilton Field on June 2, features Rodney Atkins and Sara Evans. Evans has had five No. 1 singles, sold millions of records, and won the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist Award. She has also claimed a Country Music Association trophy for her…

Gov. Henry McMaster honors military spouses at State House

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Brig. Gen. Milford H. “Beags” Beagle Jr., new Fort Jackson commander, is a South Carolinian

Brig. Gen. Milford H. “Beags” Beagle Jr. – Linked in Photo. The Army Training Center and Fort Jackson will welcome Brig. Gen. Milford H. “Beags” Beagle Jr., as its new commanding general in a ceremony tentatively scheduled in June. Beagle will assume command from Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson, who is leaving Fort Jackson to become the deputy commanding general, U.S….

Funeral service for homeless veteran Dennis Reidy will include military honors

The Lexington County Coroner’s Office announced Tuesday that the funeral service for Mr. Dennis Reidy, the homeless U.S. Veteran recently found deceased in Lexington, has been scheduled. Mr. Reidy’s funeral, with military honors, will take place at noon on February 23, at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. the coroner’s office said Steve Goulet of American Legion Post 193 has been instrumental…

Government shutdown has minimal impact on Fort Jackson

Press release from Fort Jackson The federal government shutdown will not affect Fort Jackson’s ability to keep its soldiers, civilian and family members safe, or the installation secure. Fire and emergency services and security operations will continue uninterrupted and the gates will remain open. There are several things soldiers and employees should know as we continue to analyze how this…

Gov. Henry McMaster announces proposal to eliminate state income tax for uniformed retirees

From the McMaster press conference Friday. S..C. Gov. Henry McMaster Friday announced a proposal, included in the 2018-19 Executive Budget, that permanently and fully exempts military veterans and retired first responders, including state and federal law enforcement, firefighters, and peace officers, from paying state taxes on retirement income. “This income tax exemption on retirement pay will reaffirm the unwavering commitment…

Lexington deployed father home for Christmas after daughter wins essay contest

A Lexington Elementary fifth-grader’s father will spend the Christmas holiday with his family after his daughter won a contest for military families. Sofia E. Monaco entered an essay contest sponsored by the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, hoping to inspire the judges with her words. As winner of the “Home for the Holidays” contest, Monaco won a round-trip ticket to bring her…

More than 6,000 Ft. Jackson basic training soldiers heading home for the holidays

Ft. Jackson Facebook photo From Patrick Jones/Fort Jackson “Home for the holidays,” is the theme for thousands of the soldiers in Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson in Columbia. But they will head home for the holidays on Monday. The national forecast shows nearly half the nation has a high probability of waking up to a White Christmas. The soldiers do…

Lexington High students help brighten holidays for deployed soldiers with local connections

Deployed family members of students Bailee A. Bishop, Kayleigh H. Russ, and Charles A. and Philip J. Zuebert will receive the boxes to share with their units. Lexington High School students and staff brought a little extra cheer to the holiday season by showing support for their own. LHS’s Students in Action, School Council, Lexington One Community Coalition and Key…

Veterans turn out for History Channel Veteran’s Day program at Airport High School

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City of Columbia’s 39th Annual Veterans Day Parade is at 11 a.m., Friday 

Click to enlarge The City of Columbia will host one of the Southeast’s largest Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 10. The 39th Annual Veterans Day Parade will kick off at 11 a.m. from the intersection of Sumter and Laurel streets, and travel southbound on Sumter Street ending at Pendleton Street near the State House. This year’s grand marshal will…

Palmetto Base of US Submarine Veterans included in Columbia, Lexington Veterans Day parades

Palmetto Base of the US Submarine Veterans (Contributed) The Palmetto Base of the US Submarine Veterans has announced plans for Veterans Day activities. The Palmetto Base of the US Submarine Veterans will conduct its annual Gibbs Memorial at 1 p.m. on Nov. 5 in the church cemetery of the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 119 Church St., Lexington. The service honors…

Pvt. Timothy Ashcraft and Pvt. Ethan Shrader memorialized at Ft. Jackson service, Tuesday

Pvt. Timothy Ashcraft and Pvt. Ethan Shrader were memorialized Tuesday in a service in the chapel at Fort Jackson. Ashcraft,18, and Shrader,19, were killed on Oct. 6 at Fort Jackson when a military vehicle drove into a formation of troops in training. Friends, family and fellow soldiers gathered for the solemn service. Six other soldiers were injured in incident in…

Army releases names of soldiers killed and injured in Friday accident at Ft. Jackson

Army officials have identified the soldiers who were involved in Friday’s accident, here, involving a military vehicle and a troop formation that killed two Soldiers and injured six others. Dead are: Pvt. Ethan Shrader, from Prospect, TN Pvt. Timothy Ashcraft, from Cincinnati, OH Injured were: Pvt. Emmett Foreman, from Daleville, AL Pvt. Hannah New, Cartersville, GA Pvt. Benjamin Key, Livingston, TN Pvt….