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A Century of Service

You only turn 100 once, so help us celebrate!  Watch for a series of commemorations & events, both on & off post, in the coming year and share your experience with us:

Centennial At A Glance:

Fort Jackson 99th Birthday

June 02:

Fort Jackson Post Run

Army Birthday Ball

June 18:

July 02:

Torchlight Tattoo and Fireworks

On June 2, 1917 Congress approved the War Department plan to place a training center near Columbia, S.C., and in 2017 Fort Jackson will commemorate 100 years of “Training the Best Soldiers in the World!” 

When we turn 100 on June 2, 2017, Fort Jackson — which began as a World War I training base — will have trained an estimated 5 million soldiers and is now the nation’s largest ‪basic combat training facility.

We will commemorate our 100 year anniversary by celebrating our legacy and the continuous support we receive from the surrounding Midlands Community.


Timeline of Significant Events


June 02Congress approves War Dept. plan to place a training center near Columbia, S.C.

June 22: The first Soldiers arrive at Camp Jackson.  One hundred & ten men from Company E, 1st Regiment, South Carolina Infantry, with Captain Walker in command, arrive to serve as camp guard

June 25: Construction of buildings begin

July 18: The War Dept. issues General Order Number 95, re-designating the cantonment as Camp Jackson in honor of President Andrew Jackson, a South Carolina native

September 5: First drafted Soldiers arrive

November 1: The post flagpole erected in front of the commander’s HQ

November 7: The first base hospital opens

December 22: Initial construction of Camp Jackson complete. Hardaway Contracting turns over camp to Army


January 30: Former President William Taft visits Camp Jackson

February 14: Post Library & Y.W.C.A. Hostess House opened

April 13: The first baby born in an Army cantonment is birthed at the maternity ward at Camp Jackson

May 11: Camp Jackson designated as Army Field Artillery Replacement Depot

May 18: The 81st Division left Camp Jackson

June 2: Red Cross Convalescent House completed


June 02: