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Harrison Church has been in the U.S. Navy for eight years. He was on active duty as an Aviation Boatswains Mate Equipment (ABE) specializing in Catapult Operations/Maintenance on USS George HW Bush CVN-77. Church switched to the reserves in 2018 while wanting to pursue a college degree.

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Staff Sergeant Derek Rast has been serving in the Army for the last 12 years and said he plans on staying in for at least 20. The National Guard recruiter joked that he would not be here if it weren't for the National Guard.

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Fort Jackson hosted a change of command ceremony Friday morning, wishing their 51st Commanding General, Brigadier General Milford H. Beagle Jr. (Beags), the best as he continues his career as the Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum in New York. The Enoree, SC native…

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Brigadier General Milford Beagle Jr., Commanding General of Fort Jackson, was presented with a special award for his career of outstanding achievement and service to South Carolina Tuesday at the State House. Governor Henry McMaster honored Beagle with the Order of the Palmetto as he prepare…

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Master Sergeant John Melson started his military career right out of high school in the Marine Corps. He came home from school one day and said his mother was hosting a Marine recruiter at their house. His journey began from there.

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Jonathan Mayberry served for eight years before he was medically retired from the Army due to combat wounds he received while deployed in Baghdad. Mayberry is honored to have been awarded two Purple Hearts and said he uses his second chance as a reminder to pay it forward.

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Brooks Herring served in the US Navy from 2005 to 2011, deploying to Iraq and Africa, and as an Army civilian to Afghanistan from 2011 to 2013. He was born on Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, but hails from Conway, SC, and graduated from Conway High School in 2004.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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The Town of Blythewood will honor area military veterans with a celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8 at Doko Meadows Park amphitheater.

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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.