PHOTOS: U.S. Secretary of the Army, Congressman Wilson Meet At Fort Jackson

May 28, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joined by Secretary of the Army Mark Esper, U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) held meetings at Fort Jackson on Tuesday, May 21.

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Secretary of the Army Mark Esper and Congressman Joe Wilson hold a joint press conference at Fort Jackson. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Nicole Mejia)

“It was an honor and a privilege to have Secretary of the Army Mark Esper at Fort Jackson and the Second Congressional District of South Carolina. The knowledge, expertise, and professionalism displayed by Secretary Esper was extraordinary, and I am grateful for his leadership. As the Secretary toured the base, his wife Leah was also touring, confirming they are champions for military families. Thank you to Brigadier General Milford Beagle, Jr., Command Sergeant Major Jeremiah Gan, and all of the incredible heroes at Fort Jackson for hosting us,” said Congressman Wilson. “Fort Jackson holds great significance when it comes to building military readiness. I am very proud of the drill sergeants, cadre, and leaders who prepare our Nation’s sons and daughters to protect our freedoms.”

“The military community in South Carolina contributes to a total economic impact of about $24.1 billion and represents close to 182,000 jobs, or 1 out of every 12 jobs in the state. We have 62,520 Department of Defense personnel and 417,515 veterans in the state. Fort Jackson trains over 60,000 soldiers per year with about 10,000 soldiers in Basic Combat Training at any given time. Fort Jackson conducts over half of the Army’s Basic Combat Training and trains more than 60 percent of all women entering the Army each year. There is no doubt that Fort Jackson is critical to South Carolina and our country.”