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SC National Guard Air & Ground Expo is this weekend

SC National Guard Air & Ground Expo is this weekend – admission is free including a special Saturday concert by Michael Ray.  Visit the website for details scguard.com/expo or download the free app “SC Guard Expo” for up to the minute information. Don’t forget to bring chairs, sunscreen and earplugs for the kids!  Link to SC Guard Expo Site

Heavy artillery, vintage aircraft, concert at SC National Guard’s Air-Ground Expo, all free, Saturday, Sunday

The South Carolina National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo ‘17 is Saturday and Sunday at McEntire Joint National Guard Base just off of US 378, Hopkins. There’s a lot to see, and it’s free. The end of each day will include a joint air and ground combat exercise by S.C. Guard soldiers and airmen. That will include six F-16 Fighter Falcon…

S.C. National Guard Air and Ground Expo is next Saturday and Sunday

The South Carolina National Guard will open its doors for the Air and Ground Expo. It’s happening May 6-7, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover, South Carolina. This is a free event, open to the public, and will feature both aerial and static displays. Parking for the event will open at 8 a.m. both days with event gates…

Centennial Park site $3 million acceptance ceremony held at Ft. Jackson, Thursday

The Fort Jackson Centennial Park acceptance ceremony was held Thursday at the site where the park will be. The ceremony was held on the spot that the Soldier’s Statue and amphitheater will be built. It’s at the U.S. Army Basic Training Museum, 4325 Jackson Blvd, on Fort Jackson. Several supporters of the military and Ft. Jackson were on hand for…

Hunter Hayes, Kellie Pickler playing Ft. Jackson Centennial Celebration Concert

  Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will present a Fort Jackson Centennial Celebration featuring country artists Hunter Hayes and Kellie Pickler, taking place at Hilton Field on June 3. Family and MWR is proud to bring Hunter Hayes to Fort Jackson for the first time and Kellie Pickler for her second time entertaining Soldiers, Family members and civilians at…

South Carolina veterans rally at the State House Tuesday

Veterans rally at the State House (Photos Terry Ward) South Carolina veterans held a rally at the State House in Columbia on Tuesday. The rally was an effort to promote better healthcare services for veterans. Somer were in wheel chairs and other had oxygen tanks in tow. Speakers told about time in prison camps and their days of combat. The…

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson conducts Veterans Job Fair for the Midlands

1/4US Rep. Joe Wislon Job Fair Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4US Rep. Joe Wislon Job Fair 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4US Rep. Joe Wislon Job Fair 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Rep. Joe Wilson Show Caption Hide Caption U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson talks to Nicole McCombs of Training Concepts, Thursday, at the Veterans Job Fair. (Photos/Terry Ward) U.S. Rep….

VFW recognizes exceptional emergency personnel at Lexington County Council meeting

Lt. Robert Sharpe, Capt. Antoine Kelly, and Paramedic David Hudon, local EMT. Bill Havlin, VFW, is also pictured. (Lexington County Photo) The S.C. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) recognized, at the Lexington County Council meeting, Tuesday, three emergency response team members for exceptional efforts. Those recognized were nominated by the Lexington County Public Safety Department. The LCPS Director is David…

From Afghanistan to Catawba Trail Elementary, Zoe Thompson reunites with her dad

By Renee Ittner-McManus Catawba Trail Elementary second-grader Zoe Thompson got more than she bargained for when she lined up with classmates Friday for a field day race. At the end of the lane lay more than bragging rights for the team’s winner: her dad, Capt. Joseph Thompson, fresh off the plane from a 12-month tour of Afghanistan, was there to…

Kuwait Land Forces Commander visits Shaw Air Force Base

Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett, right, with Maj. Gen. Khaled Al-Sabah. (Photo Contributed) Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett, commanding general, United States Army Central, hosted Maj. Gen. Khaled Al-Sabah, commander, Kuwait Land Forces on Wednesday. The meeting took place at Patton Hall located on Shaw Air Force Base. Al-Sabah is the equivalent to the U.S. Army Chief of Staff. Garrett and Al-Sabah discussed…

Lexington High STEM students get visit from Cobra helicopter

Lexington High STEM students talk aviation (Photos Contributed) Click on photos to enlarge U.S. Army Recruiters from Columbia teamed up with the Celebrate Freedom Foundation, Thursday to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) awareness to more than 2,000 students at Lexington High School. The event included a fly-in from an AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter. CFF’s conducts an educational outreach…

US Rep. Joe Wilson to hold 2 Veterans Fairs for jobs

US Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-2) will hold two Veterans Fairs, one in the Aiken-Barnwell area and one in the Midlands, to bring potential employers and federal agencies in direct contact with veterans. Aiken-Barnwell Veterans Fair Tuesday, April 11, 2017 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. USCA Business and Education Building 471 University Parkway Aiken, South Carolina 29801 Midlands Veterans Fair Thursday,…

US Rep. Joe Wilson nominates Midlands students to US Military Academies

Rep. Joe Wilson Nominates Students to US Military Academies Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced the names of his nominees to the United States Military Academies for the class of 2021. After an extensive application process, the candidates were interviewed by an independent panel, whose members include retired military officers, ROTC leaders, and academy alumni from the Second Congressional District. “These…

Lexington High’s calculating leader makes history as first female commander

Lexington High School Mathematics Teacher Erika Perry spends weekdays surrounded by numbers, calculations and formulas. Erika Perry (Photo submitted) On the weekends, however, she enters a world of camouflage and command centers. During a change of command ceremony held Feb. 12, Maj. Perry made history as the first female commander of the South Carolina National Guard 51st Military Police (MP)…

National Guard soldiers leave Columbia, deployed to Europe

1/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption SC National Guard Photos. Sunday morning, S.C. National Guard soldiers from the 742nd Support Maintenance Company deployed from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, at the Eagle Aviation Terminal. They are headed…

Irmo’s Rex Epps named Soccer All-American at West Point

Rex Epps, West Point Army soccer forward, has been named a Freshman All-American by College Soccer News. Epps, from Irmo, was highly recruited out of Dutch Fork High School. He was ranked 93rd in the IMG Top 150 Players for the Class of 2015. Parents, Reggie and Tammie Epps, with Rex, middle. (Photos Contributed.) Epps was one of 35 freshman nationally from the…

“Homes For Our Troops” opens door for wounded veteran Robert Barber

Gets keys to new home in Chapin Saturday

It was a parade for a hero. More than 150 people, cheering and waving flags, lined Glenwood Drive in Chapin Saturday morning. Their message to Sgt. Robert Barber and his family was simple: Welcome Home! Sgt. Robert Barber cuts the ribbon on new house as his family watches. Photos by Sandy Coots.) A motorcycle group called the Patriot Guard Riders…

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies go military at Battle Challenge

A chance to build a bond

The South Carolina National Guard is hosting its first “Battle Challenge.” Battle Challenge (Photos by Terry Ward) Sponsored by the Military Benefit Association, it’s Saturday through Tuesday, at McCrady Training Center in Eastover. Saturday morning, deputies from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department were running the Battle Challenge obstacle course. “We train all the time,” said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott,…

Rep. Joe Wilson gains House subcommittee chair

With a GOP-controlled Congress in place, Congressman Joe Wilson is expanding his clout on Capitol Hill. Rep. Joe Wilson (Photos provided) Wilson, an eight-term Republican from Lexington County, was named Wednesday as chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness by Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas). “Make no mistake—our military is facing a readiness crisis,” Thornberry said in…

Joe Wilson seeks official S.C. home for Medal of Honor

As plans proceed to construct a Medal of Honor museum in South Carolina, Lexington County Congressman Joe Wilson is working to give it an official congressional stamp of approval. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson views a Medal of Honor exhibit during a tour last month aboard the USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant. (Photo by Leacy Burke) The Springdale Republican and Armed…

Lexington District Three schools honor local veterans

While many adults celebrated Veterans Day last weekend, students all over the Midlands took the time to pay their respects to service men and women as well. Veterans from the community attend the Batesburg-Leesville High Veterans Day program. (Photo provided) Lexington County District Three schools showed their appreciation for local veterans by hosting several events. For instance, Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School fourth-graders…

Five Points celebrates Col. Jack Van Loan

Statute of Van Loan and new art project dedicated at Centennial Plaza for Veterans Day

Five Points on Friday celebrated Veterans Day with a tribute to a veteran and war hero who has become known as “the unofficial father of Five Points,” Col. Jack Van Loan. Col. Jack Van Loan (seated) is surrounded by Rep. Joe Wilson, Five Points Association Executive Director Amy Beth Franks, Richland County Councilman Seth Rose, Mayor Steve Benjamin, S.C. Department…

Military vet to share her tale of grit and spirit

CeCe Mazyck of Columbia is paralyzed, but that won't stop her

Centra “Ce-Ce” Mazyck of Columbia is a paralyzed U.S. Army Reserves veteran, but she is anything but a helpless victim. In 2003, during a routine parachute-training jump at Fort Bragg, N.C., Mazyck damaged her spinal cord, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors told the University of South Carolina graduate she would never walk again. Columbia native Centra “Ce-Ce”…

Lexington County announces Veterans Day Parade details

Lexington County will host its 14th annual Veterans Day Parade this coming Sunday “to commemorate the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans,” as well as the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and the United Service Organizations, county officials announced Tuesday. On Nov. 11, the nation will celebrate Veterans Day to honor the men and women who served in the armed…

Columbia medical facility among those listed in massive fraud settlement

$145 million Life Care Centers of America settlement with Justice Department is largest ever among skilled-nursing chains

In what is being called the largest-ever settlement of its kind, Life Care Centers of America and its owner have agreed to pay the federal government $145 million to settle lawsuits alleging the company imperiled patients and fleeced the government and taxpayers through bogus billings to Medicare and its military equivalent, known as TRICARE. The Tennessee-based company owns four skilled-nursing…