Jun 08 2017

Graham Honors Fort Jackson As Five Millionth Soldier Completes Basic Combat Training At The Installation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on Fort Jackson as the five millionth soldier completed Basic Combat Training (BCT) at the U.S. Army installation.

“I want congratulate South Carolina’s Fort Jackson, as the five millionth soldier has just completed the Basic Combat Training (BCT) program.

“Fort Jackson has a deep and proud history. For 100 years, Fort Jackson has helped the U.S. Army train and fulfill needs for disciplined and skilled soldiers in times of war and peace.  As the U.S. Army’s largest location for BCT, Fort Jackson is responsible for training half of the entire Army’s BCT population.  Fort Jackson also provides an array of services outside of BCT, including the U.S. Army’s Drill Sergeant School and Soldier Support Institute.

“Today, I join the citizens of South Carolina in recognizing Fort Jackson, the soldiers, civilians and retirees employed there, and the soldiers who have been trained there.  I also extend my deepest gratitude to these soldiers’ families, as they have also served and sacrificed for our country. 

“With the completion of each mission, Fort Jackson continues to make the Palmetto State and the United States Army proud.   I will always be thankful for Fort Jackson’s dedication to protecting our great nation.”