A large crowd gathered at Potter Community Park on Memorial Day to dedicate the town's new Military Salute Memorial. The memorial features seven flag poles, each flying a separate flag to honor the county's veterans. In addition to the American and South Carolina state flags, the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard flags were raised along with a POW/MIA flag.
It's not often than a man gets to swear in his own grandson into the very branch of the military he served in for 23 years. A Camden grandfather recently experienced that proud moment as he swore his grandson into the U.S. Army.
Air Force Airman Dalton Eastin-Jones graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas, on April 25.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Ashley C. Banks graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
Army Reserve Pfc. Robert B. Singleton has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo.
The Golden Club welcomed a special guest speaker April 3 who, normally, might not speak much about his work. Scott Strobel is a Camden resident, but also works at Shaw Air Force Base as a civilian intelligence analyst for U.S. Air Forces Central Command.
Members of Lugoff American Legion Post 195 not only hosted National American Legion Commander Donald Dellinger (center) March 5, but escorted him to Fort Jackson and a chance to meet its commander, Brigadier Gen. Brian Becker (third from left). The group got a chance to see training of new Army privates. Post 195 members on the trip included Vice Post Commander James Donahue (second from left), Post Adjutant and S.C. Military Liaison Bill Heil (fifth from right) and Post Finance Officer Bob Levangie (second from right). Joining them were Mickey Miller, S.C. American Legion National Executive Committee member ...
Chris Pair, of Camden, is being described as a hero in Sumter after he assisted two teenage boys injured in a traffic accident. For his heroism, the Midlands Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers recently named Pair its Man of the Year. The group will present him with the award during a ceremony in May.
Family vacations often have a profound and lasting effect on children. For some, it's an Instagram or Facebook album of selfies taken at landmark sites with the occasional snarky comment about being dragged to "old" places.
Army Pfc. Cameron J. McKenzie has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Camden resident Marion David, 89, was in the U.S. Army from March, 1943 until January, 1946 and served with the 12th Traffic Regulating Group in Europe during WWII.
World War II veteran, textile worker, service station owner, grocery store employee and newspaper delivery man Johnnie J. Jones is finally retiring -- at the age of 88.
In recent days, Hezbollah, the Shi'a Islamic militant group and political party, reportedly moved missiles from storage bases in Syria to Lebanon. The missiles include Scud Ds that could target Israel. The news echoes fears Israel faced in December 1998 after the United States and United Kingdom conducted Operation Desert Fox, a bombing campaign on Iraqi targets. After the four-day operation, Israel and its American and U.K. partners worried that Iraq might fire Scud missiles against Israel -- something Iraq had done during the first Gulf War almost eight years earlier in January 1991.
Air Force Cadet Christopher J. Bloch has completed basic cadet training and earned the rank of cadet fourth class at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Chaplain Jerry Johnson, son of Gerald and Carolyn Johnson of Cassatt, received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia International University on August 27. Johnson's wife, Carrie, and their four sons live in Lowville, N.Y.
An historic Kershaw County event will be remembered with a special remembrance at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The military plays a major role in the lives of many Midlands residents and contributes significantly to our economy, with Fort Jackson and Shaw Air Force base providing jobs to the area. There have been recent discussions on cutting back the fort's personnel by as much as half, a move local government and business leaders say would have a large, negative impact. Fort Jackson's commanding officer, General Bradley A. Becker, recently visited a meeting of the Camden Rotary Club to explain the base's purpose in United States security and the economic benefit it provides to the region.
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