Retired US Air Force Master Sergeant Edwin "Ted" Tufts II is originally from Massachusetts. He's lived in South Carolina for more than 20 years now, but admits he misses the cold weather and snowfall that the north provided. His wife, on the other hand, comically explained to him when he was…
Dan Ballister is a resident of Columbia, was born in New York, and is admittedly a die hard Buffalo Bills fan. He served in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer from 1986 to 1991.
Retired Captain Brian West served in the US Air Force from 1990 to 2012. West began his career as an enlisted airman to see if the Air Force was the right fit for him.
Retired US Air Force Colonel Ron Bartlett served from 1968 to 1995. Bartlett is originally from the Bronx, New York.
US Marine Veteran Jeff Bailey served from 1998 to 2002. Originally from North Carolina, Bailey moved to Columbia with his wife to be closer to her family.
Fort Jackson's Commanding General Milford Beagle Jr. announced via Twitter Wednesday evening that the base hosted a special visitor this week.
US Air Force veteran Justin Mcgrady served from 2006 to 2012. He's a Midlands local, born and raised in West Columbia. After high school, Justin attended college in Charleston. Realizing the expense his parents were taking on sending him to school, he made the decision to drop out and join t…
Command Sergeant Major Algrish Williams has served in the U.S Army for more than 20 years. Since childhood, he always had an interest in service. Williams was born and raised in Jamaica and later immigrated to Boston when he was a young teenager.
More than 100 people turned out Sunday afternoon at Doko Meadows Park in Blythewood to help honor and remember military veterans, service members and their families at the town’s annual Veterans Day celebration.
The Lexington County Coroner's Office announced the funeral service plans for three unclaimed veterans who died in Lexington County. The service, with military honors, will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.
Lieutenant Colonel Jerel Evans has served in the US Army for more than 19 years. He currently works as the battalion commander of a training battalion on Fort Jackson. Evans knew from a young age that the military would be his path. His family heavily impacted his decisions.
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Martin Riser spent more than 20 years in the military. Riser first joined the US Army in the late 60s as a communication specialist.
Sergeant First Class Chris Allen has served in the military for more than 22 years. What makes his service unique is he spent the time in two different branches.
Representatives from the Columbia VA Health Care System are providing a convenient way for enrolled veterans to receive their flu shot this season.
Staff Sergeant Pedro Ortiz currently serves as a senior drill sergeant at Fort Jackson. He has served in the US Army for nine years and said he is looking forward to a career as a soldier. After graduating from college with his bachelor's degree, he plans to apply to become an officer.
Gerald White is a Midlands resident who served in the US Army during World War II. As a young man, he enlisted in the US Army to fight in Europe against the German Army.
Retired Gunnery Sergeant Richard Catoe is originally from Kershaw County. He decided to join the Marine Corps after a friend first decided to join. Though he did not know exactly what he was getting into, Catoe traveled the world, saw more than 30 different countries, deployed to multiple co…
Lt. Jamie Williams is from Kershaw County, just north of Columbia. He began his military career with a need to build his resume. "I wanted to get into the Darla Moore School of Business (at the University of South Carolina) but unfortunately it was a difficult school to get into without much…
Mike Outlaw is an Irmo native who has called South Carolina home all his life. His family boasts a rich history of military service. His uncles even served in the Korean War with the U.S. Army.
It's been a busy year for the Columbia VA Health Care System. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the center has begun pushing the VA's fourth mission, released April 14, that takes measures to assist local communities during a national emergency.
It was just two days before Christmas when Navy corpsman Frank Kmetz was out on a routine patrol in Vietnam — until he was sent flying through the air by a mine explosion.
The US Army Black Daggers parachute team performed a jump onto the grounds of Lexington Medical Center Tuesday afternoon. The team completed the action in an effort to show support to hospital personnel fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jim Huffman resides on Lake Murray and has lived in South Carolina his entire life. He was drafted in the US Army for the Vietnam War immediately after graduating high school. He attended basic training at Ft. Jackson, and five months after being drafted, was on a plane to Vietnam. Two weeks…
Major Garry Zuebert has served in the United States Army for more than 20 years. His career began when he joined the South Carolina Army National Guard.
Fort Jackson will be providing free COVID-19 testing for veterans, military retirees or anyone with on-base access beginning Wednesday. The testing will be held off Marion Street near the Palmetto Farms Water Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. The suggested day for all retirees…
At the highest mantle of the University of South Carolina, President Robert Caslen leads the Gamecock community with the leadership style he gained through his years as an officer in the United States Army. He served more than 30 years, achieving the rank of Lieutenant General.
Some may recognize retired Command Sergeant Major Lamont Christian as the former CSM of Fort Jackson. When he retired two years ago, Christian chose to stay here in the Palmetto state.
The United States Army is breaking ground with its first ever National Virtual Hiring Campaign, which will take place June 30 through July 2. The Army's goal is to hire 10,000 citizens into service during the three-day period. Special bonuses up to $45,000 or college debt relief programs up …
Retired Major General Will Grimsley served 33 years as an infantry officer in the United States Army. Like many soldiers before him, it was never his intention to join the military.
Women Veterans Day is recognized Friday by residents across the state, and is meant to honor the sacrifice and service of all female veterans in South Carolina. Every year, Gov. McMaster signs the proclamation, recognizing the "courage, honor, and dignity with which women have served, and co…
Retired US Air Force MSgt Robert Holsclaw served from 1979 to 2001. His journey began in Charleston, where he joined the Air Force after a close friend attempted to persuade Holsclaw to join the US Marine Corps.
Columbia-based and veteran-owned company, The Generals Hot Sauce, has launched a new initiative to send hot sauce to deployed troops.
Businesses across the Midlands are beginning to reopen and restrictions are being lifted, but Fort Jackson will continue its stricter protocols and procedures in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The installation's Commanding General, Brigadier General Milford Beagle Jr., said Fort Jackson is…
Veterans, family and friends gathered Monday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6740 Lake Murray, to support the post's annual Memorial Day ceremony. The ceremony began at 10 a.m. and was run by post Commander and US Army veteran, Ginger Graham. Graham has just begun her second year as the fir…
The Lexington Marine Corps League gathered Saturday morning at the grave of Medal of Honor recipient Harold "Speedy" Wilson, at Woodridge Memorial Park off Corley Mill Road in Lexington. The event is an annual tradition put on by the Marine Corps League, and is meant to honor Wilson's last w…
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 137 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 8 additional deaths as of Tuesday.
Retired US Army veteran Shawn Laurie, known as the "Veteran Guy," said knew from a young age that the military would be his calling. His father honorably served 20 years in the Army and ended his service with the 101st Airborne Division. Laurie joined the military in 2004 and served nine years.
The Big Red Barn Retreat in Blythewood has reported that construction is continuing amid the COVID-19 pandemic to bring the Warrior PATHH program to South Carolina. The program is a proven, leading intensive therapy program for veterans suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress.
US Navy Veteran Candace Terry, a former guest of 94.3 The Dude's Soldier Salute and President of the Student Veterans Association of UofSC, has just completed a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina
Staff Sergeant Christoper Carrington is a US Army Recruiter at the Lexington Recruiting Station. He is originally from Houston, but joined the Army out of Miami. His career of 15 years, as of April 1, has taken him across the globe from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to Iraq, Hawaii and Korea.
Fighter jets will soar over the Midlands Monday as an expression of thanks to those serving on the front lives of the COVID-19 crisis.