Reservations needed for tours of training at Fort Jackson

FORT JACKSON, SC (AP) -- The Army's largest training installation is opening its doors so the public can see how its soldiers live, train and prepare for combat.

Fort Jackson's commander, Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker, is hosting the event April 30, and Thursday is the final day to reserve a spot.

Visitors may attend soldiers' graduation from basic combat training. They will also shoot at a simulated rifle range and eat in an Army dining center. Officials are available to answer questions about the training, Fort Jackson and the Army.

The tour is open to people ages 13 and older. Reservations are required. The tour begins at 7:30 a.m. and lunch costs $5.55.

For information or to register, call Fort Jackson Community Relations at (803) 751-1474.