Fort Jackson throws kids' party for 96th birthday
Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:11:53 GMT —
FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) -- Fort Jackson is celebrating its 96th birthday with a children's celebration featuring a bounce house, candy buffet and cake.
Army spokesman Pat Jones says Friday's party includes a trivia contest about Fort Jackson's history.
Fort Jackson began in 1917 as "Camp Jackson," created to help train soldiers as the nation was entering World War I.
The War Department closed Camp Jackson in 1921, and the land was used by the state of South Carolina as an encampment area for National Guard troops until 1940. Camp Jackson was reactivated in 1939 following the German invasion of Poland, and has been in operation ever since.
About 50,000 soldiers train annually at the site, and more than 80 percent of the Army's female soldiers also train there.