Our Support of the Fort ROCKS!

By: Shannon Shull 

Oh friends, am I ever so excited and so proud! If any of you happened to check out my last blog entry, you know that I was trying to help rally support to Save Our Fort. The goal was to try to get close to 10,000 signatures in support of Fort Jackson staying open and active in our community. Not only did they meet their goal, but they’ve exceeded it! As of August 25, 2014, they already have close to 13,000 signatures! Many thanks to the tremendous effort put forth by my amazing aunt, Susan McPherson, Director of Public Policy & Military Affairs at the Greater Columbia Chamber, and the team of fabulous folks who rallied our community in support of Fort Jackson and all the positive opportunities it provides for our state. So for those of you who have stepped up to support the Fort, THANK YOU! You rock!

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Please read on below for details of the good news. I promise to keep you all posted on this mission to Save Our Fort.

Columbia Chamber Exceeds Goal with Support of Community

The Save Our Fort initiative, an effort started by the Columbia Chamber to gain community support for Fort Jackson, has exceeded its goal by gathering more than 12,300 petition signatures. “We greatly appreciate the overwhelming response on behalf of Fort Jackson” stated Carl Blackstone, president & CEO of the Columbia Chamber. “This is a critical demonstration to the U. S. Army on how valuable Fort Jackson is to our community and to our partners.”

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MG (Ret.) George Goldsmith, chairman of the Columbia Chamber Military Affairs Committee shares, “We hear it again and again that the Columbia region is the ‘most military friendly community in America’. The collected signatures are a strong indicator for the U. S. Army and sets the stage for our community listening session that will be held in early 2015. We appreciate our community’s support and encourage continued involvement as we fight to save our fort.”

The packet of support letters will be sent to the U.S. Army in response to the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) on August 25th. We encourage the community to continue sending in petitions until Monday. The next phase of the SPEA will be in early 2015 with the U. S. Army community listening session. Additional details will be shared closer to the date.

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Columbia recognizes Fort Jackson as a major economic engine. We are proud of our talented men and women who produce excellent soldiers for our country. We want to continue to work with the U.S. Army to grow and expand the mission of Fort Jackson and make it a center of excellence for Initial Entry Training soldier training/production.

For more information about Save Our Fort visit ColumbiaChamber.com or contact Susan McPherson at 803.733.1148.

Come On, Take Action and Help SAVE THE FORT!

By: Shannon Shull

american flagAs a supporter of our great country’s military, I urge you to please read on and help make a difference for our great state! As a professional who used to work for the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, I support their mission to SAVE THE FORT. I want to make every effort to help them spread the word about the importance of keeping Fort Jackson thriving in our community.

My dear Aunt Susan is at the helm of this great effort and she has been working endless hours to drum up support. I’m so proud of all the work she is doing! And I’m proud of the Chamber for taking a stand to support the Fort. If our community lost Fort Jackson, we would suffer an enormous blow in so many different ways. Please take a moment to educate yourself on the situation, go to the website and take part in supporting our mission!

Columbia Chamber Leads Petition Drive In Support of Fort Jackson

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Chamber has announced a ‘Save Our Fort’ petition drive in an effort to protect our local military installation. The chamber will collect petition signatures, letters and cards in support of Fort Jackson through August 20, 2014. The online petition can be found here.


“Protect the Mission. Grow the Fort. Promote the Partnership is the message we want to send to the U. S. Army,” remarked General George Goldsmith, chairman of the Columbia Chamber Military Affairs Committee. “It is critical for us to show them just how much a military friendly community cares about our Fort, our soldiers and the tremendous economic impact we derive as a result of our long-standing partnership.”


As part of the U. S. Army SPEA (Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment), General Becker has been asked to prepare for a worst case scenario of a potential headcount reduction of 3,100 civilians and soldiers.  A loss which could mean a change to the Fort’s mission.  A response to the U.S. Army’s SPEA is due by August 25th and will include detailed information on Fort Jackson’s economic and social impact on the greater Midlands community. 


The Columbia Chamber is working with numerous partners throughout the region to generate a groundswell of support for Fort Jackson.


Local support is requested to demonstrate our military friendliness by signing the online petition, writing letters, or sending emails of support. The deadline to be included in community response is August 20, 2014


Sign the petition here

Email letters of support to saveourfort@columbiachamber.com.


All handwritten petitions should be mailed/delivered to:

Columbia Chamber
Att: Susan McPherson
930 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29202

We need your help with our SAVE THE FORT effort! We want to send in as many (10,000 or more) signed letters, cards, petitions, emails, etc. on why Fort Jackson is important to the Greater Midlands community and why we want to “PROTECT THE MISSION, GROW THE FORT, PROMOTE THE PARTNERSHIP.” We all win with Fort Jackson and our military community.

Please let me know if you have questions or would like additional information.  The impact of our military is critical and assistance in generating support for this effort is crucial to our response.

We can help make a difference!