Being built in a city with a rich tradition of military history, Lake Carolina is heavily impacted by the bases in the surrounding area, Fort Jackson Army Base and Shaw Air Force Base. These historical places have aided in the creation of the city-wide atmosphere of Columbia, South Carolina. The impact, that these bases have had on our country and the individuals in it, has created a strong economic value in the area, and has caused many veterans to relocate here for retirement. It is pretty clear, when looking at Columbia from afar, that the strong military influence has shaped the city into what it is today. Let’s learn more about the nearest military facilities, Fort Jackson and Shaw Air Base.
Fort Jackson is the United States Army’s main center for Basic Combat Training, and they train 50 percent of the soldiers that go through the Army’s basic training system. The mission of Fort Jackson is to provide the Army with trained, disciplined, and motivated individuals that demonstrate teamwork and the Army’s core values. To do this, they must train more than 42,000 soldiers annually. Fort Jackson is also home to the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, the Armed Forces Army Chaplaincy Center, the National Center for Credibility Assessment, and the Army’s drill sergeant school. The Fort Jackson community is made up of soldiers, civilians, retirees and family members, with more than 3,500 active duty Soldiers and their family members making this area their home. Fort Jackson also places high priority on caring for their retired soldiers, for this reason, they employ nearly 3,500 civilians to provide services for more than 46,000 retirees and their family members. Since 1917, when soldiers were needed for World War I, Fort Jackson has had a proud history of supporting our Army. That tradition is the same today, as the fort willingly accepts new challenges, and is ready to accept additional missions that will support the nation’s defense.
Shaw Air Force Base
The mission of Shaw Air Force Base is to provide, project and sustain combat-ready air forces. The 20th Fighter Wing, the largest combat F-16 wing, calls Shaw Air Base their home. The Ninth Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces are also located here, and their mission is to project decisive air and space power for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) and America. Shaw Air Base is home to more than 5,400 Air Force active members, 11,000 family members, and 600 civilians. They offer a wide array of programs for its members, including an Airman and Family Readiness Center for various services, Force Support services, Retiree Activities, and Public Affairs.
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