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SC's Fort Jackson touts kid-friendly 94th birthday

Jul 15, 2011 4:10:00 AM - thestate.com
The Army's largest training installation is celebrating its 94th birthday by inviting the community to a kid-friendly celebration.

Army spokeswoman Karen Soule says Friday's event will involve children's activities such as cake decorating, inflatables for playtime as well as door prize contests and a candy buffet.

While the post trains more than 36,000 soldiers in basic training, it is also home to 3,500 active duty soldiers and their families.

This is a far cry from 1917 when the post was established to train soldiers for World War I and families were not as involved in the military as they are today.

Post commander Maj. Gen. James Milano says the event is being held to honor both soldiers and those who support them.

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