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Fort Jackson welcomes home Vietnam Vets with Victory Week


FORT JACKSON, SC - Fort Jackson is holding "Victory Week", a four-day event that kicks off with a special graduation ceremony, Wednesday, that includes the air assault demonstration.


There will be a post-wide run, sporting and military competitions, the Vietnam Veterans Moving Memorial Wall, a 5k Vietnam Veterans fun run, Golf tournament, Health expo, Vietnam Veteran Parade, and culminates with a Closing ceremony, FJ Hall of Fame induction, concert and fireworks display. Fort Jackson Hall of Fame honors and recognizes individuals who have served at Fort Jackson and who have left an indelible mark upon our installation


The public is invited to view the demonstration, the concert and the other events of Victory Week.


Fort Jackson will unveil the half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall May 14, as part of the Defense Department's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.


This week will also now include Retiree Appreciation Days, a series of services for retirees and veterans that in past years was a separate event. Activities are open to retirees and veterans of all branches of service and focus on retiree health benefits, educational assistance and sports activities.


"My intent is to provide Soldiers, Family members, and civilians with a team building event that showcases our installation. Victory Week also allows a venue to prove that Fort Jackson is not only a great place to live, work, and play; but also that the Greater Columbia Area is a very active and involved military friendly community. Additionally, I want to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War by hosting a Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Celebration to properly honor those that sacrificed and served our Nation," said Brig. Gen. Bradley Becker, Fort Jackson commander.


The air assault demonstration is to showcase one of the facets of modern warfare. Air Assault technology and its corresponding award, the Air Assault Badge, were not created after until after the Vietnam War but nonetheless have evolved over time since helicopters were first used in WWII and more extensively in Korea for aero medical evacuation, according to an on-line piece by Maj. Mark Michaels.


Fort Jackson's Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Celebration and Victory Week Timeline


13 May 2015

9 a.m. - UTC Air assault & graduation (Hilton Field)


14 May 2015

6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. Victory Run (Hilton Field)

6:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. Vietnam Firebase open (Hilton Field)

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Victory Week Sports Competitions (Hilton Field)

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Moving Wall opening Ceremony (Hilton Field)

12:30 p.m. - 11:59 p.m. Moving Wall open and reading of names (Hilton Field)

3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. May Madness Bingo (Victory Bingo)


15 May 2015

12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. Moving Wall open and reading of names (Hilton Field)

12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. Vietnam Firebase Open (Hilton Field)

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Retiree Golf Tournament (FJ Golf Club)

5:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Ironman / Combat Assault Course

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Victory Week Sports Competitions (Hilton Field)


16 May 2015

12:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Moving Wall open and reading of names (name reading paused) (Hilton Field)

12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. Vietnam Firebase Open (Hilton Field)

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 5K Run (Hilton Field)

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Health Expo (Solomon Center)

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Car Show (Hilton Field Softball Complex)

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Vietnam Veterans Parade (from Solomon Center to Hilton Field)

4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Moving Wall open (name reading paused) (Hilton Field)

5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony/Fort Jackson Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony/ Victory Week Awards Ceremony

7:00 p.m. - 9:25 p.m. Concert (Billy Currington) - Hilton Field

9:25p.m. - 9:45 p.m. Fireworks (Hilton Field)

10:00 p.m. -11:59 p.m. Moving Wall open and reading of names (Hilton Field)


17 May 2015

12:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Moving Wall open and reading of names (Hilton Field)

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Moving Wall closing ceremony (Hilton Field)

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