Wilson Testifies Before Budget Committee Requesting Resources for Fort Jackson
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) testified before the House Budget Committee, requesting resources for the Army’s training base at Fort Jackson in the Midlands.
“As the largest initial entry training facility for the U.S. Army, Fort Jackson is a vital component of our national security and a valued member of our Midlands community,” Wilson said. “We must ensure that it receives sufficient funding to carry out its mission.”
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Excerpts from Congressman Wilson’s testimony are included below:
“I am honored to serve the Second Congressional District of South Carolina, which includes the Army’s training base at Fort Jackson in the Midlands, where we welcome new recruits from all over the country. I also represent the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in Aiken and Barnwell, which plays a vital role in our national security and nuclear non-proliferation. Each of these installations provides unique services to our country and requires our support.
“Fort Jackson is the largest Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Army, training 38 percent of the Army’s Basic Combat Training load and 54 percent of the women entering the Army each year. Fort Jackson’s primary mission is training thousands of disciplined, motivated service members.
“Each year an additional 10,000 soldiers attend the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, the Army Chaplaincy Center, the National Center for Credibility Assessment, and the Army’s Drill Sergeant School—all critical missions housed at Fort Jackson. The positive impact of Fort Jackson also extends beyond active-duty soldiers, employing nearly 3,500 civilians and providing services for over 46,000 retirees and their family members.
“I respect the difficult choices this Committee must make in the coming days and weeks. As you begin the Fiscal Year 2017 budgetary process, I ask that you consider the men and women involved in the critical national security missions being carried out at Fort Jackson as well as the Savannah River Site. These individuals are dedicated to their country and putting service before self.
“I urge you to continue your support for the unique missions at Fort Jackson and the Savannah River Site that keep American families safe.”