Located in Columbia, South Carolina, Fort Jackson is a U.S. Army base and combat training center that dates back to 1917, when the United States entered World War I. First known as Camp Jackson, Fort Jackson is named in honor of former U.S. President Andrew Jackson, who was also an Army General.
Fort Jackson has added new schools and training facilities since 1995, including the National Center for Credibility Assessment, the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute and the Department of Defense Chaplain Center and School. The U.S. Army consolidated its drill sergeant training centers in 2007, with Fort Jackson housing the only drill sergeant school for the U.S. Army. In 2009, Command Sergeant Major Teresa King was installed as the first woman to head the school.
Over 100 field training sites and ranges are located on Fort Jackson along with more than 1,000 buildings. Soldiers, family members, military retirees and civilians comprise the dense Fort Jackson population, which covers more than 52,000 acres of land. Parts of the sprawling Fort Jackson campus, including actual training areas, were used in the filming of the 1994 motion picture, "Renaissance Man."
As of 2015, Fort Jackson employs more than 3,500 civilians, and over 46,000 retirees and family members receive benefits and services from the base.