Base cancels “Meet Your Neighbors” night because of budget cuts

March 20, 2013 

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7/12/06, Fort Jackson, SC: Members of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 34th Regiment navigate a cargo net as part of an obstacle course, just four days into their training at Fort Jackson. The Army is experimenting with an immediate immersion program, getting new "Soldiers In Training" onto the obstacle courses and into physical training in Week 1 rather than Week 3 or 4. Jeff Blake/jblake@thestate.com

JEFF BLAKE

Fort Jackson has cancelled its popular “Meet Your Neighbors” night, scheduled for April 23, as a result of ongoing budget cuts in the Army.

Fort officials said they did not know whether other outreach programs, such as the Fourth of July fireworks display and celebration, would go on. The fort will continue to plan those events until told by commanders to cancel them.

“Things change day to day,” Fort spokesman Mike Pond said.

The cuts are due both to cuts already made to the military, and cuts that might result from automatic budget reductions from “sequestration.”

The annual Meet Your Neighbors night was a tour of the fort, including visitors with night vision equipment watching soldiers crawl under live machine gun fire, an exercise called “night infiltration.”

The exercise will continue as part of the soldiers’ training, Pond said, but the invitation to civilians has been cancelled.

-- Jeff Wilkinson

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