Fort Jackson commander invites all to tour the post



FORT JACKSON - Fort Jackson commander Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr. invites the people of South Carolina to an up-close tour of Fort Jackson, basic training and its soldiers on Thursday, Jan. 24.

"I want to keep the close ties we have with Columbia, the Midlands and, for me, South Carolina. I want everyone to know what is in their backyard - that gem that is called Fort Jackson," Beagle said in a news release.

Fort Jackson will host an eight-hour "Come Meet Your Army" tour to give attendees an opportunity to see and experience how soldiers train every day and promote Basic Combat Training awareness. During the tour, visitors will watch a graduation ceremony, visit reception, observe trainees negotiate the Army obstacle course, learn to shoot a rifle on a simulator system, eat lunch with soldiers and get answers to questions about Army basic training, Fort Jackson and the Army in general.

The tour is open to people ages 13 or older, but youth 13-16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Guests should be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities that may include squatting, kneeling, lying on the floor and walking on uneven terrain. Long pants and closed-toe, comfortable shoes are recommended. Space is limited, and reservations are required by Jan. 21.

The tour begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Lunch cost is $5.60 per person, and the facility only accepts cash.

Plan to arrive at Gate 4 no later than 7:45 a.m., and bring a valid ID for access to Fort Jackson. Plan to have cold weather clothing available because some of the day will be spent outside. To register or find more information, go to, or call Fort Jackson Community Relations at (803) 751-1474.