Military

White Knoll student earns coveted spot with U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

Many try, but only a few succeed in landing a spot in one of the nation’s most prestigious marching bands and color guard. However, for the second year in a row, a Lexington County School District One student will represent White Knoll High School – this year as a color-guard member. Jennings Walker (Photo provided) Jennings Walker, a senior and…

2,000 soldiers, family members celebrate Fort Jackson centennial with Fireflies

About 2,000 soldiers and their families attended Friday night’s Fireflies baseball game and celebrated the Fort Jackson Centennial. (Photos provided) The Columbia Fireflies might have been rained out of their matchup against the Augusta GreenJackets on Friday night, but they were able to honor 2,000 soldiers and their families before the storms rolled in. Jeffry Snow, manager at local Amazon…

Columbia Chamber to host hiring fair for military veterans

  An upcoming job fair organized by the Columbia Chamber will offer military veterans, transitioning service member and military spouses an opportunity to find employment. More than 100 national and local employers are registered to attend Tuesday’s Hiring Our Heroes job fair at the Solomon Center at Fort Jackson with jobs available for all ranks and levels of experience. In addition…

Organization builds adapted home for wounded soldier

Home for Our Troops kicked off the home build for Army Sgt. Robert Barber and his family this weekend. (Photo by Sandy Coots) More than 200 people were part of the Homes for Our Troops Community Kick-Off on Saturday at Chapin Town Hall. The nonprofit organization is based in Taunton, Mass., and representatives are building a specially adapted home for…

Columbia Fireflies to start their own July 4th tradition

The Columbia Fireflies want to introduce a new Midlands tradition to celebrate America’s birthday. The team will host in-state rival the Charleston RiverDogs (New York Yankees) this Monday for an Independence Day matchup. Gates will open at 5 p.m., with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. “This is a terrific opportunity for families across the Midlands to start a new Independence Day tradition…

EdVenture celebrates July Fourth with military appreciation

EdVenture Children’s Museum is celebrating Independence Day by showing appreciation for members of the military and their families. The museum is hosting Military Appreciation Day this Monday and will offer free admission for all members of the military and their families. All guess are invited to explore the museum Monday and to take part in patriotic activities, including leaving their…

‘The Wall That Heals’: Blythewood hosts Vietnam veterans memorial

Residents are invited to pay tribute in Blythewood. (Photo provided) Memorial Day takes on a bigger meaning this week in Blythewood. The town is hosting a Vietnam veterans memorial to pay special tribute to the fallen. Since 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) has traveled the country with a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C….

Graduating seniors embark on path of duty through military service

While many high school seniors are preparing to head to college in the fall or to enter the workforce, others are answering the call to serve their country. The South Carolina Department of Education decided to recognized students who have made a military service commitment with a special honor cord. Molly Spearman (left) poses with seniors pursuing careers in the…

Columbia leaders see continuing growth at Fort Jackson

After talks of a possible base reduction, U.S. Army officials are planning to train 46,000 soldiers at Fort Jackson in 2018, up from the 41,000 scheduled to be trained there next year. And Columbia government and business officials couldn’t be happier about the news. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said that after speaking with Fort Jackson’s commander, Gen. Roger Cloutier, and officials…

Dorn VA Medical Center nurses honored for their service

Five nurses from the William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Columbia have earned statewide acclaim for their contributions to nursing education in South Carolina. The award-winning nurses are, from left, Lisa Gleason, Young Meadows, Andrea Boyd, Patricia Dzandu and Kahlil Demonbreun. (Photo provided) Each nurse will receive the Palmetto Gold Award at the annual Palmetto Gold Gala, to…

Military family sought for mortgage-free Columbia home

Operation Homefront is looking to place a military family in a mortgage-free home in the Columbia area. Military families who are “possibly transitioning out of the military or transferring to this area” can apply for the two-story, 2,363-square-foot house. The deadline to apply for the Columbia home is March 31. The house, which is in the Richland Two School District, has…

We care: Gift packages show community’s support for military spouses

Military spouses in the Columbia area entered the gym at Polo Road Park on Wednesday not knowing what to expect. Most left smiling after being shown kindness by total strangers during the area’s first Support Military Spouses care package delivery party. About 500 care packages were assembled for delivery to military families in Columbia and Sumter. More than 60 families…

USC students use pets, PR to make military veterans feel welcome

Student veterans at the University of South Carolina got some much deserved attention Monday with the help of some furry friends. The school’s Student Veterans Association teamed up with a group of public relations students to host “Vets and Pets.” Military veterans and their families got a chance to cuddle and socialize with some dogs, while also learning more about the…

USC to preserve large piece of U.S. military history

The University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections has been granted permission to preserve a part of America’s war history. The U.S. Marine Corps reached out to the university’s film collection department to hand over more than 16,000 reels of film that offer an inside look into the life of Marines as they prepared for service more than 50 years ago….

Midlands Tech to hold veteran scholarship information fair

Midlands Technical College is holding an information session for veterans and active duty service members to let them know how to apply for a share of $100,000 in scholarship funds. The local technical college system enrolls more than 1,000 veterans each year. Those who stop by the resource fair Wednesday will learn about Midlands Tech’s academic programs, VA-approved training courses and…

Plans unveiled for memorial park ahead of Fort Jackson centennial

Fort Jackson will celebrate its 100th birthday next year, and a local nonprofit has unveiled plans for a monument and park to be built on military installation’s grounds to commemorate the centennial and celebrate the history and legacy of the Army base. “Fort Jackson holds a special place for millions of people nationwide,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Marty Wells,…

Midlands superintendents pledge support for military students, families

School superintendents from across the Midlands were under one roof Wednesday to show their appreciation and support for a special group of students. Richland County superintendents sign the resolution Wednesday. (photo by Rachel Ham) Superintendents of Lexington, Richland, Fairfield, Calhoun, Kershaw and Orangeburg schools signed a joint resolution to present to Bill Dukes, the civilian aide to the secretary of the…

Vietnam veteran gets Bronze Star 45 years later

Fort Jackson officials honored one of their own Thursday at a special graduation ceremony where a South Carolina Vietnam veteran was awarded a bronze star 45 years after serving in the Vietnam War. Gen. Cloutier giving Sgt. Fisette his long overdue awards and stars. (photo provided) Sgt. First Class Robert Fisette is an 81-year-old veteran who helped stave off an…

Black WWI soldiers honored at Historic Columbia site

Some local historians feel that black soldiers who fought in WWI have been forgotten and their stories left untold, and Veteran’s Day was the perfect day to come together and share those stories. These particular soldiers were honored at Historic Columbia’s Mann-Simons site. “Everyone talks about WWII, but it was really the soldiers of WWI who brought the nation together…

Columbia honors military at 37th annual Veterans Day parade

Columbia showed its gratitude to the military Wednesday during the 37th annual Veterans Day parade. Hundreds of participants marched down Sumter Street toward the State House in recognition of the efforts and dedicated service of veterans in the U.S. Armed Forces. JROTC groups from high schools in the Midlands, as well as veteran and wounded warrior groups and supporters of…

Local schools, students salute veterans at patriotic celebrations

Kids and teachers across Lexington and Richland counties were decked out in red, white and blue Wednesday as they welcomed parents and grandparents who bravely served their country in the Armed Forces. Area schools held patriotic assemblies to show their appreciation, and many invited veterans to a free breakfast. Kids waved flags, sang songs and even threw small parades in the school…

Fort Jackson activities cancelled this week 

All special events and activities have been cancelled on Fort Jackson this week because of flooding. A Bronze Star presentation was scheduled for a Vietnam veteran during graduation on Thursday, but that presentation and the graduation ceremony have been postponed. Fort Jackson officials say Family Day, which was scheduled for Wednesday, is also canceled. All activities will be rescheduled. Check back with…