Military

South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy launches program for at-risk youth

Cadets at the South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy are getting special training to prepare them for careers. Students learn how to use technology in a photography course. (photo provided) Royer Studios, a Los Angeles-based film and production company, has teamed up with the National Guard Youth Foundation and the Office of Naval Research to launch Animate My Action Plan, a…

Midlands business community welcomes Fort Jackson’s new commander

The Midlands business community hosted a breakfast Wednesday morning to welcome Fort Jackson’s new leader to the city. Maj. General Roger L. Cloutier, Jr., commanding general at Fort Jackson, speaks to the crowd of business professionals and elected leaders. (photo by Rachel Ham) The Columbia Chamber partnered with the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center and the Midstate…

Photo Gallery: Residents show support for veterans on 9/11 at Run for Our Troops

  Friday was a day millions of people turned their thoughts to the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. A smaller group gathered Friday night at the West Columbia Riverwalk to show support for veterans and families who have sacrificed much in the wake of 9/11. The Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees hosted their 4th Run for Our Troops with representatives from two…

Military veterans bring new business to Columbia

When Marcus Scarborough completed his service with the U.S. Navy, he decided to take on corporate America. Scarborough stepped into the world of entrepreneurship after four years working in marketing and recruitment for a financial banking institution then selling medical devices. Scarborough, a former nuclear submarine officer and now owner of Save-A-Lot on Harden Street, is one of several of…

‘Heroes in our community’ to benefit from 4th annual Run for Our Troops

The Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees invite residents of all ages to come out and support veterans and their families this week at the West Columbia Riverwalk. Registration is open for the fourth Run for Our Troops on Sept. 11. The Jaycees have raised more than $8,000 for local veterans since the race began in 2012. “Turnout has grown every year,” said Run For…

Photo Gallery: Military dad surprises Cayce kids with early return

William and Angela Myers were expecting their dad home in time to eat Thanksgiving turkey with him, but instead he’s here to help throw William a birthday party this weekend. The Davis Early Childhood Center students were surprised by their dad, Billy Myers, after lunch Thursday, and they quickly headed off to spend the rest of the afternoon together. Myers has been…

Former Columbia interim police chief to lead Fort Jackson police

Former Columbia Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago will be the new top cop at Fort Jackson. Former Columbia Police Department Interim Chief Reuben Santiago will be Fort Jackson’s new police chief (file photo by Allen Wallace) Santiago will be the military base’s police chief, supervising civilian and military law enforcement officers on the base. Fort Jackson spokesman Pat Jones said the…

Local manufacturing facility to produce 2,400 military firearms at Columbia factory

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson was in town Monday to announce a contract between the U.S. Department of Defense and Columbia’s FN Manufacturing. The contract will authorize the local facility to produce more than 2,000 M240B medium-size machine guns for military use. The contract will secure more than 400 jobs at the factory. (photo by Ali O’Hara) “I am humbled and inspired by the people…

McEntire National Guard Base to hold active-shooter training

Richland County Sheriff’s Department will be working with the South Carolina National Guard to run an active-shooter exercise Thursday at McEntire Joint National Guard Base. This will be the first time the two agencies have trained together for an active-shooter response. Authorities want to alert anyone in the Lower Richland community who sees Richland County Sheriff’s Department officials responding in the…

Photo Gallery: 89-year-old graduates from USC 67 years after completing courses

  Dan Brown, who’s getting ready to celebrate this 90th birthday, walked across the stage Saturday and accepted his diploma during the University of South Carolina’s summer commencement ceremonies. “I was overwhelmed with emotion and I never expected all this attention,” Brown said. Brown left the university in the 1940s and thought he was three credits short of graduating. It…

S.C. National Guard raises security levels after Chattanooga shooting

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and state Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Bob Livingston have raised the security levels at all National Guard bases in the state after four Marines and one Navy officer were shot and killed at the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Haley and Livingston are working together with law enforcement leaders, including the South Carolina Law…

Fort Jackson faces 180 personnel cuts

Fort Jackson will be facing personnel cuts after the Department of the Army announced plans to make reductions to the number of soldiers and civilian employees Thursday. A total of 180 positions will be cut in September. Fort Jackson will experience 180 uniform cuts. (photo by Ali O’Hara) “Budget constraints are forcing us to reduce the Total Army,” said Lt. Gen….

Fort Jackson commanding general Roger Cloutier promoted

Fort Jackson commanding general Roger Cloutier teared up Friday while thanking his family at his promotion ceremony. Roger Cloutier was promoted to major general at For Jackson. (photo by Ali O’Hara) Cloutier received his second star and was promoted from brigadier general to major general, which is the highest permanent rank during peacetime. “I didn’t do this by myself. I…

Veterans ask neighbors to think twice before lighting fireworks this weekend

Fireworks might be included in Independence Day celebrations, but military veterans are asking their neighbors to think twice before lighting off fireworks this weekend. Hidden Wounds made signs for combat veterans. (photo provided) John Moock with Hidden Wounds, a Columbia-based nonprofit that works with veterans to improve their mental health, worked on an awareness campaign to let people know where combat…

Photo Gallery: Fort Jackson, community celebrate U.S. Army’s 240th birthday

  More than 800 people gathered at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Saturday to celebrate the U.S. Army’s 240th birthday. The event included a five-course dinner, drinks and a presentation about Army history. The theme of the night was “240 years of selfless service to the nation.” Military members, their spouses and community members attended the formal ball. “It’s a…