Fort Jackson general offers public tours of base

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) -- The commanding general of the Army's largest training base is inviting members of the public to see how soldiers train at Fort Jackson.

Army spokeswoman Kara Motosicky says Tuesday is the last day to sign up for the tours, which are being held on Thursday, Aug. 7.

Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker invites the public to view soldiers in training, eat in the soldiers' dining hall, and learn how to fire a combat rifle in a computer simulation.

Visitors may attend a graduation ceremony for soldiers who completed basic combat training.

The seven-hour tour begins at 7:30 a.m. and is open to people 13 years of age and older. Reservations are required and lunch costs $4.65.

For reservations call 803-751-1471 at Fort Jackson Community Relations.