Fort Jackson, along with local emergency services, held a mass casualty exercise Tuesday. Included were scenarios where a bomb exploded near the gate and an active shooter entered the commissary. The drill focused on mass casualty response operations, emergency operations center procedures and emergency responder procedures to multiple incidents. "We have a very mature information sharing capability with local, state and federal law enforcement and we are always on the watch," Commanding Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson said of the possible threats.
Approximately 4,500 headstones at the cemetery were dressed with a wreath during one of more than 1,100 ceremonies taking place around the world. Grooms brought four flowers, one for each gravesite of a lost loved one buried at the cemetery.
By Sean Rayford
Under Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy joined soldiers in their second week of training for PT during his visit to Fort Jackson Thursday. Murphy came to get a first-hand look at various aspects of Basic Combat Training. This will be Murphy's first visit to Fort Jackson, the U.S. Army's largest and busiest training center, since he was appointed as the 32nd Under Secretary of the Army and Chief Management Officer (CMO) by President Obama on Jan. 4, 2016.
Fort Jackson graduated its latest group of basic trainees on Thursday, three days before the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The fort also is observing its 100th birthday this year. As part of The State's coverage of the fort's centennial, we followed several members of this group of trainees as they prepared for and went through basic training.