Wilson Statement on Fort Jackson Change of Command
W. COLUMBIA, S.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after attending the change of command at Fort Jackson today:
“With its designation as a ‘Purple Heart City’ and the ‘Most Military-Friendly Community in America,’ it is clear the Midlands values and supports the important work at Fort Jackson. I would like to commend Major General Bradley Becker on a job well done and for his dedication to our community. I am honored to welcome Brigadier General Roger Cloutier to Fort Jackson, and look forward to working with him as he manages the largest initial entry training facility in the U.S. Army. I know firsthand of Fort Jackson’s attributes from my 31 years of Army training there and three of my sons in the Army have benefitted from Fort Jackson training.” Wilson said.
As the largest initial training facility, Fort Jackson trains 50 percent of entrants to the Army’s Basic Combat Training and 60 percent of the women entering the Army each year.
Congressman Wilson, whose district includes Fort Jackson, serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where he is Chairman of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee. Wilson served in the U.S. Army Reserves and S.C. Army National Guard for 31 years, and all four of his sons currently serve in the military.