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Captain Nick Fowler is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. He lived in the Top Gun days and always dreamed of flying fighter planes as a child. Due to Fowler's great academics, he was able to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. While there, he was introduced to each branc…

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Fort Jackson representatives held a dedication ceremony Wednesday for newly-constructed Pierce Terrace Elementary School. The school's name honors the Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, Larry Stanley Pierce. Construction was completed last year, and the facility opened January 8.

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SSgt. Brandon Bryan enjoys spending time out in nature with a rifle, shotgun or a fishing pole - like many veterans. After tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and an extensive combat career in the US Army, Bryan finds hunting takes him back to a time he truly misses.

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Fort Jackson hosted a Leader Development Symposium Friday. The event brought senior Army leaders together to focus on mentoring ROTC cadets from 10 North Carolina and South Carolina colleges and universities. Along with speed mentoring, discussion panels and other activities, the event hoste…

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The first responder field becomes a career path for many veterans. Jon Jones served his four years in the US Army and has since spent more than a decade in emergency medical services. Veterans often find comfort in the military structure that the first responder field provides.

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Veterans tend to enjoy different styles of therapeutic release. There are a wide variety of options to cope with the stress of their past - from motorcycling to meditation. It's no surprise that hunting would also be on the list.

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Fort Jackson's third Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, one of the basic combat training battalions, held a memorial ceremony to honor the passing of Private First Class Connor McGurran Thursday afternoon.

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The South Carolina Military Museum is hosting an event to honor the 75th anniversary of one of the most notable battles of World War II. The Battle of the Bulge anniversary event will take place Saturday at 9 a.m., at 1 National Guard Rd (across from Williams Brice Stadium).

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An out of state guest visited the Fort Jackson Museum for the chance to view one particular piece of history. Warrant Officer-2 Fredrick McCarthy, from Seattle, is a Vietnam veteran and helicopter pilot who flew over 1,000 hours of combat missions from 1967 to 1968.

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Being the first ever female commander of VFW Post 6740 is an incredible achievement, but not a huge concern for Ginger Graham. Although she is proud of the achievement, her biggest concern is helping veterans. According to Graham, she believes it is her life's calling. She has worked diligen…

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Monday marks 100 years since the first observance of the holiday now known as Veterans Day (then called Armistice Day), but the celebrations of those who’ve served started early in Columbia.

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Panera Bread's largest franchisee, Covelli Enterprises, will salute those in uniform with free meals Monday, in honor of Veterans Day. The offer will be valid at 28 locations across South Carolina and Georgia, including Midlands locations.

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Matthew Reichl is a fun, baseball-loving American. He is an active member of the community and the baseball coach for Ridge Spring Monetta High School. You would never be able to tell from talking to him that he is a recipient of the Purple Heart, served in seven combat deployments and 16 ye…

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Patrick Jones has served the United States Army for 44 years. His desire to join was only for steady employment and benefits. After his first four years, spent in the Infantry, Jones moved over to Public Affairs where a love for everything Army-related began. He retired after 28 years, and s…

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John Michael, as his friends call him, is a local native to Chapin, South Carolina. Morris joined the Marine Corps after a short stint at Midlands Technical Community College and decided to take the path less traveled, trying out for one of the Marine Corps most difficult jobs, Recon. 

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Rob Gardner is a true example of the old saying, "Needs of the Army." Though Gardner was an artilleryman by trade, during his tours in Iraq, he spent almost no time behind the artillery gun. Rather, most of his time was spent on high profile raids, clandestine night operations and many other…

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Pfc. Andrew McLean died Friday after suffering a medical emergency. McLean, from Fayetteville, N.C., was a part of 3rd Battalion 60th Infantry Regiment. The Army’s next-of-kin notification process is complete.

Sergeant First Class Bryan Lewis. Ethan Gardner photo. Bryan Lewis is an example of how far hard work and a passionate drive will take you. Not only has Lewis served for 30 honorable years in the United States Army, he also runs a business that was passed down to him by his late father. Lewis prides himself on keeping the…

Army Veteran Katie Nash – photo provided. Not everyone who serves is immune to injuries during military service. Katie Nash knows all too well the importance of taking care of yourself. She was a member of an airborne unit while serving seven honorable years in the US Army. Nash continues to suffer from lower back pain and other injuries sustained…

James Crosby (left) with Soldier Salute host Ethan Gardner. James Crosby comes from a Marine family. His father proudly served, which motivated James to follow in his fathers footsteps. When the attacks on the World Trade Center shook the world, Crosby was ready to fight. It is unfortunate that his fight was a short one, but his injuries are a…

Veterans, VA staff, and visitors at the Dorn facility were treated to a surprise visit Tuesday by two of the Carolina Panthers cheerleaders, and team mascot “Sir Purr.” The “Top Cats,” as these young ladies are known, visited with veterans, posed for pictures, and shared their team spirit with Panther fans. The visit was coordinated through the Panthers’ Community Relations…

Cotney (left) with Gardner after their Soldier Salute interview. If there were ever a man who put his country before himself, it would be Waco Cotney. A recipient of the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars for Valor, Waco’s lineage in South Carolina goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War. His family originally fought as Loyalists in the…

Micah poses in front of his new truck Friday afternoon. Photos provided by the Wooten family. One young Newberry resident was the recipient of a big surprise Friday afternoon. Micah Wooten, a 17-year-old volunteer firefighter, just completed the recruiting process to become a Marine. His father, Matt Wooten, was confident his son would complete the defining right-of-passage during training, known…

Students were taught CPR on an adult-size bust model, then on a child-size model. Chris Timmers photos. Wil Solis, the Voluntary Service Specialist at the VA, introduced 31 of his summer student volunteers to a life-saving skill Monday morning. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a combination of techniques designed to pump the heart to get blood circulating, and deliver oxygen to…

Members of the yoga for veterans class position themselves on their yoga mats. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Step into the small white building on Winnsboro Road just outside Blythewood and you’ll see blankets, bolsters and blocks neatly stacked on rows of yoga mats. The lighting is soft as half a dozen men and women file quietly into the room. It’s not…

Members of the VA Summer Student Volunteer Program helped package food at Harvest Hope Tuesday. Chris Timmers photos. Thirty six middle and high school volunteers met at Harvest Hope Food Bank Tuesday to package, sort, and ship donated food to families in need, and to the churches that support them. All students who participated are members of the VA’s Summer…

Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The July 5 contest between the Lexington County Blowfish and Macon Bacon will serve as Veterans’ Night at the baseball stadium. A collaborative effort of the Lexington County Blowfish and American Legion Post 7, the event will serve as a salute to the organization’s 100th birthday. Free admission and food inside the VIP Stadium room will…

Photo from Carowinds website. The Carolinas’ shared theme park, Carowinds, is about to offer a special deal for members of the military. According to Director of Communications Lisa Stryker, Carowinds will soon allow free admission for active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with valid military I.D. The free admission…