Fort Jackson releases
General Order #2 from Brig. Gen. Patrick R. Michaelis was signed Aug. 11, 2021
Fort Jackson releases updated mask wear policy
Please follow the link below for the updated DoD mask wear policy.
Post release General Order#1
Post releases General Order #1
Fort Jackson commander renews Public Health Emergency Declaration
Fort Jackson commander renews Public Health Emergency Declaration
Brig. Gen. Milford H. "Beags" Beagle Jr., Fort Jackson commander, renewed the Public Health Emergency Declaration Feb. 2, 2021. To view the declaration and General Order #3 click on the links below:
General Order #3
General Order #3 was published Jan. 27. It can be viewed by clicking here. General Order #3
Post access update
Post eases retiree restrictions
Fort Jackson will again allow retirees and Veterans Health Identification cardholders access to post on Wednesdays and Thursdays effective Dec. 9.
The access will be granted so patrons may use the all pharmacy services; Army and Air Force Exchange Service facilities including the Exchange, food services, shoppettes and Class Six; golf at the Fort Jackson Golf Club; the ID card facility; and the Commissary.
Family Day and in-person graduations remain postponed until further notice.
Access restrictions have been in place since the beginning of the pandemic in order to create a safe training bubble.
Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Thomas Lee Hall Library
The Thomas Lee Hall Library will begin curbside service Aug. 25. For more information, call 751-5589.
Jack's Frame Shop opens Jack’s Frame Shop located in the Solomon Center is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. It is closed Mondays, weekends and holidays.Patrons must abide by Fort Jackson’s mask and social distancing policies. For more information call 751-4018.
Pre-owned Vehicle Lot reopens
The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation has reopened the Pre-Owned Vehicle lot. See the Solomon Center Front Desk to register. Registration Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday -Friday and closed holidays and weekends.
Updated July 10
Golf Club snack bar reopens
Family and MWR is pleased to announce the limited re-opening of our Snack Bar at Fort Jackson Golf Club.
- The Snack Bar will only be open Friday-Tuesday. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Grill: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Menu will be limited.
- Self- Serve items will not be available (Fountain sodas, hot dogs, etc.)
- Only outside seating will be offered with tables available on the back patio of the clubhouse and the pavilion. Seating limit of four per table.
- Entrance to the Snack bar will only be available through the front door of the clubhouse or one of the Golf Shop entrances.
- Social Distancing protocols will be followed.
- Please respect the six feet social distancing protocol while in line, throughout the clubhouse and outdoor seating areas.
- Please abide by posted directional signage.
- Credit Card payments only.
- All orders will be served into-go boxes with plastic cutlery.
Effective July 10, 2020 all patrons are required to wear a mask while in the clubhouse.
Anyone attempting to enter without a face mask/covering will not be served and be required to leave.June 4
Outdoor dining at the NCO Club
The NCO Club will provide outdoor seating during lunch beginning June 8.
Outdoor dining will take place by customers ordering from the cashier while in their vehicles. After placing the order, patrons will receive a pager then park and walk to their outdoor table. Customers will be asked to keep their face masks on until after the food is delivered. All food will be served in disposable containers. Customers are asked to clear their tables and place refuse in trash containers in designated areas to minimize risk to staff members.Cyclists
Beginning June 8, cyclists riding on Fort Jackson will beallowed access to the installation Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturdayfor riding purposes only. They will be allowed to travel directly to the cluband depart installation. If cyclistsride to post and have a high temperature, they will be given a 15 to 30 minutecooling off period to meet temperature requirements before being allowed ontothe installation.Cyclists are expected to follow all FortJackson policies and procedures.
Auto Craft Shop and Car Wash
The Fort Jackson Auto Crafts Shop and Sgt. Suds Car Wash will reopen soon. Patrons will be expected to follow all social distancing guidelines to include wearing a mask, maintaining six feet distance between people and wiping down equipment after use. The Auto Craft Shop will be open Thursdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The Sgt. Suds Car Wash will be open soon, 24 hours ad ay, 7 days a week.
Patrons are required to follow all posted signs and sanitization guidelines.
General Order #2
As was announced earlier today in the virtual town hall, we will be making changes to our operations on Fort Jackson. Please read the attached note for some of these changes.
Gate Access update
Gate Access update
Beginning June 8, retirees and Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC) holders, golfers and cyclists will be allowed on post Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
Retirees who are also federal employees will have access 7 days a week, but they will be required to show their Common Access Card (CAC) for access on Wednesday and Thursday.
If a retiree who works on the installation shows up without a CAC on Wednesday or Thursday and states that they left their CAC at home, they will be denied entry and be sent home to get their CAC.
Retirees who have a medical appointment may also access the installation on Wednesdays and Thursdays and must present a memorandum from Moncrief Army Health Clinic stating their name, date and time of their appointment at MAHC.
All food venders must go through Gate 4, be vetted through VCC and inspected before entry.
New employees will have a memorandum from CPAC stating the date they are allowed to come onto the installation to in-process.
Religious Support Office
In-person religious services to resume
Daniel Circle and Main Post Chapels will reopen in lateJune for in-person religious services in a safe and secure environment toenhance the worship experience and protect the force.
Child and Youth Services
Child, Youth Services to reopen June 1 for Mission Essential personnel
Brig. Gen. Milford H. "Beags" Beagle Jr., Fort Jackson Commanding General, announced May 6 that CYS will reopen June 1 for Mission Essential personnel only.
More information can be found at the CYS website by visiting: https://jackson.armymwr.com/categories/cys-services, or by reading the documents below:
Child & Youth Services
To our Child Youth Services Families,
As we continue taking prudent measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we continue to focus on preserving the health and safety of our Soldiers, Families, workforce and surrounding community. To that end, Child and Youth Services (CYS) is prudently responding to a rapidly changing environment.
Effective Friday, 20 March, at 6 p.m., the following Child Development Center (CDC) and CYS programs will close for all patrons until further notice.
Hood School Age
Imboden School Age
Parent Central Services
Family childcare homes
Effective Friday, 20 March, at 8 p.m. we will close the CYS program at Lee CDC, to include all extended care, for all CYS patrons:
All CYS patrons should make alternate childcare arrangements to prepare for CYS child development center, school age center, and youth services closures. In these rapidly changing times, CYS will continue providing any and all updates to ensure awarenes. Please check the Jackson CYS Facebook page first, for updates. CYS will also send email notifications to all Jackson CYS patrons.
These are challenging time for the Fort Jackson community, and we understand the inconvenience closures create. Protecting our Fort Jackson Family requires each of us to do our part. We appreciate your support, patience and understanding.
Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr.
Retirees and their beneficiaries will be allowed to use the Commissary, The Exchange, and other services that are still operating on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
The transaction limit is rescinded.
Restrictions on high demand essentials will remain in place until further notice.
Sun. 11 a.m. - noon 65 and older and immunocompromised
Noon - 6 p.m. all authorized patrons
Tue. 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. 65 and older andimmunocompromised
9 a.m.- 8 p.m. all authorized patrons
Wed.- Thur. 10 - 11 a.m. 65 and older and immunocompromised
11a.m. - 8 p.m. all authorized patrons
Fri. 7:30- 9 a.m. 65 and older andimmunocompromised
9 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. all authorized patrons
Sat. 9-10 a.m. 65 and older andimmunocompromised
10 a.m. - 8 p.m. all authorized patrons
Retirees and their beneficiaries who are medically immunocompromised, as well as aged 65 and older, will continue to have priority shopping hours from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays to further reduce risk. This is a temporary change that will be rescinded once conditions allow.
March 18, 2020
To Our Commissary Patrons,
As we continue to monitor the latest updates and information about the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking additional measures to ensure we safeguard the health and safety of our Soldiers, families, and civilian employees and preserve our ability to produce the Army’s newest Soldiers. Achieving this means temporarily modifying how we provide commissary services to our community patrons in order to best distribute food products. We anticipated an influx of patrons but did not anticipate a sustained excess purchasing of other than low demand items.
Effective 18 March the commissary will be open to authorized commissary patrons who are medically immunocompromised, as well as aged 65 and older, from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. This is in an effort to reduce risk to what is considered a vulnerable population. All other eligible patrons will then be allowed to shop during the remainder of the store’s open hours.
In addition to limiting the purchase of shortage products to one item per person, the commissary will limit the maximum number of shoppers allowed in the store at one time to 100. This will facilitate better social distancing and reduce overcrowding. The commissary will also post a list of shortage items outside the entry way of the store each day to better inform customers before entering.
My goal is to ensure that we meet the essential needs of our families and workforce as we endure this pandemic crisis. We have put additional measures in place to limit access to the installation to ensure that we can meet those needs. Your understanding and patience is greatly appreciated.
Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle, Jr.
Dental Clinic updateduring COVID-19 HPCON C.
Caldwell Dental Clinic is currently the only open dentalclinic for all Fort Jackson military personnel. Hagen, Oliver and Oral SurgeryDental Clinics are temporarily closed.
Caldwell Dental Clinic is located at Bldg. 4950, StromThurmond Blvd. Front Desk/Appointments: (803) 751-5178/6017/5529.
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, allroutine/elective/non-deploying dental readiness examinations are postponeduntil further notice (Ref FRAGO 18 TO HQDA EXORD 144-20). Deploying Soldiersand AIT Students will continue to receive their periodic annual dental exam.AIT Cadre will coordinate with Caldwell Dental Clinic staff for bulk dentalexam time slots.
ID Card information
ID Card Exceptions to Policy
(These exceptions expire Sept. 30, 2020)
1. Expiration dates: Uniformed Service ID (USID) cards will remain valid that expired on or after January 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.
a. This does not apply to children turning age 21. If your child is attending college full-time, contact the Fort Jackson ID card issuance site. For secondary dependency information for incapacitated children, visit DFAS website at https://www.dfas.mil/.
b. Common Access Cards (CACs) will not be re-issued prior to 30-days of expiration date, or determined locally per installation mission capability.
2. Printed information on all ID cards: CAC or USID card will not be reissued for the purposes of changing information printed on the card.
a. No re-issuances on all ID cards to reflect new promotion (grade/rank).
b. Last name changes due to marriage or divorce.
3. Increased minimum age for all ID card issuances requirement from age 10 to 14.
4. Mobilized Reserves (includes NG) and their eligible dependents will continue using the Reserve USID card to obtain active duty benefits.
5. DOD civilians transferring between components(i.e., Air Force to Army) will retain existing CAC, no re-issuance. Requesting Family member DEERS enrollment and other DEERS updates remotely by eMail, Fax, Online, or Mail.
Procedures for Requesting Family member DEERS enrollment and other DEERS updates remotely by eMail, Fax, Online, or Mail.
(Normal procedures resume on Oct. 1, 2020)
1. Sponsor completes DD Form 1172-2:
https://www.cac.mil/Portals/53/Documents/dd1172-2.pdf or .
2. Provide copies of 2-acceptable identity documents, i.e., Military ID card, Driver’s license, and Passport. Refer to “List of Acceptable Identity Documents for ID Card Issuance” at.
3. Documents supporting request to determine eligibility as listed below. For a complete listing of acceptable eligibility documents, refer to AFI 36-3026, Vol 1, Attachment 5, page 310.
a. Lawful spouse –Photo ID, Marriage cert & SSN card, Birth certificate, or court order Legitimate Child (newborn of marriage) – Birth certificate, SSN card (if available)
b. Stepchild – Child& Parent Birth certificate, Parent Marriage certificate & SSN card (if available)
c. Student (age21-23) – Proof of full-time school enrollment at an accredited college.
d. 100 Percent Disabled Veteran – VA letter with 100% disability, DD Form 214 indicating Honorable or General discharge. Less than 100% do not warrant Military ID card, unless unemployed due to disability;VA provides VHIC for shopping privileges.
e. Divorce – Refer to Army Former Spouse Eligibility Determination Table 3-2 thru 3-4 AFI 36-3016 Page 72. All cases are handled at the Army Project Office.
f. ID card requests remotely for dependents & retirees (renewals only accepted if USID expired prior to 1 Jan 2020 or lost).
Legal Assistance Office to reopen
Legal Assistance Office to reopenStarting April 14, the Fort Jackson Legal Assistance Office will take in-person appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday for active-duty service members and their dependents.
If you need additional legal assistance or need to speak with an attorney, please call 803-751-4287. We will respond as soon as possible.
For legal resources, please see the Fort Jackson OSJA Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/FTJacksonOSJA/. These resources include information on military administrative matters such as GOMORs, FLIPLS, etc.
You can also find South Carolina specific information at https://www.scbar.org/public/get-legal-help/common-legal-topics/.
If you need a Power of Attorney, please create your own with the templates found at https://www.jag.navy.mil/legal_services/SPOA.htm.
Please be advised you will have to secure your own notary services at institutions such as banks and credit unions.
Continue to check the Fort Jackson OSJA Facebook page for updates.
Changes to services
Changes to the Delivery of Services for Retiree Beneficiaries
1. Beginning 6 April, only mission essential and key personnel will be allowed on post as a response to increased cases of COVID-19 on the base. This is another modification to normal operations and is intended to disperse vulnerable populations while preserving access to essential services. This newest measure temporarily involves changing how, when, and where services are delivered to retirees and beneficiaries. The changes include modifications to installation access, medical services, the commissary, the Identification (ID) Card facility, and other essential services that are minimally staffed, yet remain in operation.
2. The number of COVID-19 confirmed cases on Fort Jackson increased as the post follows contact trace methods for each case and then tests individuals who have been in close contact with a person having COVID-19. Incorporating safety as an integral part of all aspects of daily operations can minimize undue risk. Fort Jackson leaders are taking innovative measures to reduce known vulnerabilities that minimize hazards to the maximum extent possible.
3. (Medical Appointments) Effective April 6, MEDDAC will provide retiree enrolled beneficiaries their medical benefits at the Moncrief Medical Home. This applies to retiree beneficiaries who normally receive their health care at Moncrief Army Health Clinic on Fort Jackson. Moncrief Army Health Clinic will remain open every day to those retirees who live in waterfall housing on Fort Jackson, active duty service members, and their dependents. The address for the Moncrief Medical Home is 1021 Pinnacle Point Drive, Columbia, S.C. 29223 and the telephone number is 803-562-2107. Specialty medical referrals may be referred to Moncrief Army Health Clinic, where possible. Otherwise, the off-post referral system will continue to be used for specialty appointments. For any questions or concerns regarding medical care, please contact the Moncrief Patient Advocates at 803-751-2278 or 803-751-2425.
4. (Pharmacy) Retiree enrolled beneficiaries who do not live on Fort Jackson should fill prescriptions at the Moncrief Medical Home. Retiree beneficiaries who live on the installation will continue to fill prescriptions at Moncrief Army Health Clinic. Beneficiaries who do not live on the installation and are not enrolled at Moncrief Army Health Clinic or Moncrief Medical Home, may continue receiving their medication at the Moncrief Army Health Clinic pharmacy on Fort Jackson each Tuesday and Friday. Another option for non-enrolled beneficiaries is to use the TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy at 1-877-363-1303 or https://militaryrx.express-scripts.com/home-delivery (co-pay applicable) or visit a local pharmacy in their community. Beneficiaries who are enrolled at Moncrief Army Health Clinic should continue receiving their health care and medication at Moncrief Medical Home, until further notice.
5. (Installation Access) Retirees and their beneficiaries will have access to the installation and all available services on Tuesdays and Fridays. Exceptions include the following: The ID Card Facility will remain open daily by appointment only, with walk-in appointments accepted for lost
or expiring ID cards. The Department of Human Resources (DHR) will provide appointment rosters to installation security guards to ensure access. For lost and expiring ID cards, installation security guards will validate a second form of identification and expiration dates before referring personnel to the ID card facility for a walk-in appointment.
6. (Other Services) Also effective April 6, retirees and their beneficiaries will be allowed to use the Commissary, The Exchange, and other services that are still operating on Tuesdays and Fridays only. Retirees and their beneficiaries who are medically immunocompromised, as well as aged 65 and older, will continue to have priority shopping hours from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays to further reduce risk. This is a temporary change that will be rescinded once conditions allow.
7. We value our retiree and veteran population as integral members of the Fort Jackson community. Our primary means of combating COVID-19 are social distancing and sanitization procedures. These changes preserve access to essential services, while helping to keep everyone safe and healthy. The more we work together, the quicker we will return to normal operations. By creating time and space separation at critical shared services, we will better protect everyone from the spread of COVID-19.
For timely information, follow Fort Jackson social media platforms and visit our COVID-19 prevention and updates page at https://home.army.mil/jackson/index.php/about/COVID-19-Prevention-and-Updates.
Download the Fort Jackson app, available on Apple and Android devices, to receive current updates and notifications.
Moncrief Army Hospital Clinic update
Update June 4
Moncrief offers COVID testing
Moncrief Army Health Clinic on Fort Jackson is available to test for the COVID-19 virus, Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Acute Care Clinic.
Authorized beneficiaries or GS employees who are symptomatic, or have been identified as requiring testing due to close contact to a COVID-19 patient, are advised to seek testing at Moncrief Army Health Clinic for rapid test resulting (as quickly as 2 hours), activation of nurse case manager support, and Army public health tracing for installation health. This action ensures maximal health benefit to the entire Fort Jackson team.Responsible reporting of positive COVID-19 is extremely important in containing this virus; if you contract COVID-19, please inform your leader or supervisor promptly so they can help protect others. If you or a family member receive a positive test result and you were not tested at Moncrief please immediately notify your supervisor and Moncrief case management at 803-429-5046.
Update April 6
Effective April 6, MEDDAC will provide retiree enrolled beneficiaries their medical benefits at the Moncrief Medical Home. This applies to retiree beneficiaries who normally receive their health care at Moncrief Army Health Clinic on Fort Jackson. Moncrief Army Health Clinic will remain open every day to those retirees who live in waterfall housing on Fort Jackson, active duty service members, and their dependents. The address for the Moncrief Medical Home is 1021 Pinnacle Point Drive, Columbia, S.C. 29223 and the telephone number is 803-562-2107. Specialty medical referrals may be referred to Moncrief Army Health Clinic, where possible. Otherwise, the off-post referral system will continue to be used for specialty appointments. For any questions or concerns regarding medical care, please contact the Moncrief Patient Advocates at 803-751-2278 or 803-751-2425.
Retiree enrolled beneficiaries who do not live on Fort Jackson should fill prescriptions at the Moncrief Medical Home. Retiree beneficiaries who live on the installation will continue to fill prescriptions at Moncrief Army Health Clinic. Beneficiaries who do not live on the installation and are not enrolled at Moncrief Army Health Clinic or Moncrief Medical Home, may continue receiving their medication at the Moncrief Army Health Clinic pharmacy on Fort Jackson each Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Another option for non-enrolled beneficiaries is to use the TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy at 1-877-363-1303 or https://militaryrx.express-scripts.com/home-delivery (co-pay applicable) or visit a local pharmacy in their community. Beneficiaries who are enrolled at Moncrief Army Health Clinic should continue receiving their health care and medication at Moncrief Medical Home, until further notice.
Moncrief Pharmacy Update - Updated March 27
COVID-19 prompts changes to Moncrief Pharmacy Operations
In the wake of changes to Fort Jackson’s Operation Status, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Moncrief Army Health Clinic Pharmacy procedures will be modified. We will continue to do our best to meet your health care needs.
•The Moncrief Army Health Clinic Pharmacy will provide extended service this Saturday Only!
1) MAHC Outpatient Pharmacy will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (normally 7:30 a.m. to noon)
2) PX Refill Pharmacy will operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (normally 9 a.m. to noon)
Beginning Monday,March 30, the following changes will take place at the Moncrief pharmacies.
1) All active-duty personnel, Family members, and unrestricted beneficiaries on Fort Jackson will need to drop off all prescriptions and return to their respective pharmacy upon text notification or phone call from the pharmacy.
2) Beneficiaries who do not have access to the installation but are receiving medical care at Moncrief Medical Home can receive their medication at Moncrief Medical Home.Patients will need to drop off all prescriptions and return 72 hours (3business days) later. You may be asked to wait in your car after check-in for social distancing purposes.
3) Beneficiaries who do not have access to the installation, and are not enrolled at Moncrief Army Health Clinic or Moncrief Medical Home (MMH) will not be able to receive their medication at our pharmacy.
For non-enrolled beneficiaries who cannot access Fort Jackson during post closure, options include: TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy 1-877-363-1303 or https://militaryrx.express-scripts.com/home-delive...(co-pay applicable) or, they can visit a local pharmacy to receive their medication (co-pay applicable). See list of nearby pharmacies.
1) Active-duty personnel, their family members and unrestricted beneficiaries with access to Fort Jackson, mandatory call-in for Prescription refill request and pick up at PX Refill Pharmacy is required. (Up to 72 business hours for processing)
2) Beneficiaries who do not have access to the installation but are receiving medical care at Moncrief Medical Home can receive their refills at Moncrief Medical Home.Patients will need to drop off all prescriptions and return 72 hours (3business days) later. You may be asked to wait in your car after check-in for social distancing purposes.
3) For non-enrolled beneficiaries who cannot access Fort Jackson during post closure, options include: TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy 1-877-363-1303 orhttps://militaryrx.express-scripts.com/home-delive... (co-pay applicable) or,they can visit a local pharmacy to receive their medication (co-pay applicable). See list of nearby pharmacies.
For more information, call Moncrief Army Health Clinic Public Affairs Office at (803) 751-2291
Note to Fort Jackson Workforce and Families
Note to our Fort Jackson Workforce and Families,
Our efforts over the past few weeks have been dedicated to doing our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and preserving the health and safety of our Soldiers, families and workforce. I feel that our messaging has been timely and accurate but under current conditions, we are learning that “accuracy” has a shelf life of 24-48 hours. Our overall approach has remain un-changed: Prevention – Detection – Containment.
Mitigating COVID-19 effects is a key component of prevention. My sense is that a majority of our installations workforce and families are taking the appropriate precautions and doing their part to be responsible. Nonetheless, there are many on our team that are not taking this seriously and continuing to operate in a “business as usual” manner both personally and professionally. Just because you feel fine and others around you look fine is not a prudent measure to gauge your safety. Regardless of what set(s) of facts you use to make your personal decisions; your decisions impact others. We have people on our installation with lowered immune systems, are at risk and we have the largest vulnerable population in our Army.
Prevention is about changing behavior, habits and attitudes. Our personal plans, opinions and perspectives are not helpful in this situation and under these conditions. As an Army value “Selfless” service applies to us all. Some of our dependent and military connected population may feel that policies and mandates don’t apply to them but your actions can create risk to our force. Not doing your part to prevent and reduce the spread is selfish to your teammates, co-workers and our local community.
Social Distancing as I have stated is an individual, unit and installation responsibility. Yet, there are those that insist on continuing normal social practices (going to large gatherings, block parties, play dates, conducting non-essential activities, etc.). As an installation, we will adhere to social gathering measures, travel policies and other preventative measures. Those that do not may find themselves in an un-ethical position which is not the intent of these measures.
I ask all of our FT Jackson teammates and families to do your part. A short period of discomfort and a change to your habits and norms is a small price to help us prevent / limit the spread of COVID-19 on our installation. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Help us help ourselves. Thank you!
Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr.
Changes coming to gates
March 19, 2020
Changes coming to all gates starting at 3:30 p.m. today
To Our Fort Jackson Family,
As we continue to monitor the latest updates and information about the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking additional measures to ensure we safeguard the health and safety of our Soldiers, families, and civilian employees, while preserving our ability to produce the Army’s newest Soldiers.
To that end, Fort Jackson will implement the following additional protective measures 19 March 2020. Department of the Army Security Guards will conduct a general health and welfare assessment of all personnel entering Fort Jackson at each gate. This will include a temperature check and additional questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms. These additional measures comply with all local law enforcement and HIPAA laws.
To ensure adequate manning for this change in mission, Gate 5 will close at 10:00 18 March and will remain closed until further notice. Gates 1, Gate 2, and Gate 4 will remain open at their normal times. Your understanding and patience is greatly appreciated.
Additionally, only Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) card holders in the following categories will retain continued access to Fort Jackson after 18 March 2020:
· Approved Contractors
· Care Givers
· Government Housing Residents
· Department of Defense Family
· Dependent Agents Caring for Family
· Mission Support Personnel
All other categories of DBIDS card holders will be denied access beginning 19 March 2020.
Active duty family members, retirees and their families are not affected by this change. Your continuing patience and understanding is appreciated.
Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle, Jr.
Modification to Fort Jackson services
Modification to Fort Jackson services
To our Fort Jackson Family,
All Fort Jackson schools are closed from 16 to 31 March. Our local schools are providing instructions and resources to continue educating through digital learning.
To help bridge the gap for military children out of school, the United Service Organization (USO) will be live streaming a virtual story time on their Facebook page (facebook.com/USOSouthCarolina) daily at 1000 and 1600 HRS beginning 17 March.
AAFES will modify the following services through 11 May. The post movie theater will close. All food venues to include the AAFES Post Exchange (PX) will provide drive through or carry out service only; no eating in. The PX will remain open for sales, but will post purchase limits on select items.
The commissary will remain open, but will post purchase limits on select items to ensure quantities remain available to other patrons.
Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we continue adjusting our response to COVID-19. Preserving the health and safety of our community requires each of us to do our part. Your willingness to adapt to these changes, while sharing accurate information, will help enable a more rapid response to a fluid situation.
Note to Fort Jackson community - March 16
To our extended Fort Jackson Family,
Our efforts over the past few weeks have been dedicated to doing our part in preventing the spread of
COVID-19 and preserving the health and safety of our Soldiers, families and workforce. Based on the
rapid pace of changing conditions, the speed of information and void of information in some areas, I will
be the first to admit and take full ownership in creating some confusion. Where there is a problem,
there is a solution; and where there is confusion, there is a cause.
One source of information and cause of confusion stems from our recent town hall series and
subsequent messaging. I feel that our messaging has been timely and accurate, however under current
conditions, we are learning that accuracy has a shelf life of 24 hours.
The focus of our town hall series is directed to our installation, workforce, military families and our local
community (Columbia, S.C. and surrounding counties). A need exists to keep the friends and families of
our training population informed, as well. However, the ability to communicate information that helps
external families distinguish between the training population and the permanent stationed Soldiers,
workforce, and families is a challenge.
We have made our best effort to compartmentalize information, but based on the effects and impacts
of COVID-19, it is difficult to separate Fort Jackson community information from our trainee's support
base in order for it to make sense to those friends & family of our training population.
So here is the solution: going forward for our virtual town halls, we will continue to provide an overall
update for our local population. In addition, I will bring the commanders of the units that are close to
their graduation dates to provide updates on the Soldiers in training and their near term plans. As we
post information such as graduation ceremonies, our installation messages and other updates, please
keep in mind that every training unit at Fort Jackson has a social media platform to provide more refined
and detailed responses specific to your Soldier, family member or friend.
This situation will continue to be fluid as we race against time to blunt the community transmission of
COVID-19 and the paralytic impact it has had on other communities across the globe; we need
everyone's help to remain focused on our primary mission. My team and I are grateful for your support,
patience and understanding. Your willingness to follow our messaging and stay engaged is a testament of you doing your part. Thank you!
March 15, 2020
DODEA school closure
Fort Jackson made the decision to follow SC Governor Henry McMaster’s precedence to close schools from March 16 through March 31. Fort Jackson DODEA schools will close effective March 16 and remain closed through March 31. We made this decision to ensure the safety of our students, teachers and other school administrative personnel.
To ensure we continue providing students educational opportunities, DODEA schools will work diligently over the next few days to prepare online lessons for students. Our local DODEA school leadership will soon provide additional details to parents on how they will implement Google Classroom platforms this week. Our administrators will also assist Families that may need additional devices, if there are not enough at home. More information is and will continue to be made available at the DoDEA Coronavirus information page at
At this time, the Child Development Centers will remain open. We are assessing conditions to further determine the need to adapt services. As warranted, we will implement any changes in a manner that best supports those who require services, while also protecting our community.
Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation during these trying times. Each of us plays a role in ensuring the safety of Fort Jackson and our surrounding communities.
DOD Stop Movement
March 14, 2020
Department of Defense issued Stop Movement Order
Effective immediately, Fort Jackson military, DoD civilian personnel, and their families will stop movement from 16 March 2020 through 11 May 2020. This order applies to all Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and Temporary Duty (TDY) moves. Those who are already cleared and moving by PCS will proceed to final destinations and all TDY personnel will return to home station upon completion of the TDY. Individuals who are pending retirement or separation during this period are exempt and will continue to process to retirement or separation, and travel by patients and medical providers for the purpose of medical treatment for DoD personnel and their family members is authorized.
Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr.
Chapel services update
Community chapel services and events discontinued
Fort Jackson will discontinue all community chapel services and events until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns. Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr., Fort Jackson commander, made the decision after carefully considering courses of action.
This decision includes all regularly scheduled worship services and activities at all five installation chapels and the troop services held at the Solomon Center. Religious services, as well as low density faith groups, will still be held in the battalion areas for trainees by unit chaplains. Unfortunately, participation in these services is limited to trainees. We greatly appreciate all of our volunteers, however, we ask that no civilian volunteer or congregants come to Fort Jackson for worship or to provide religious support volunteer services.
Family Day and in-person graduation canceled
Both Family Day and Basic Combat Training in-person graduation ceremonies are canceled until further notice. Graduation ceremonies are streamed live at.
To our extended Fort Jackson Family,
In an effort to ensure readiness of our Soldiers and teammates on Fort Jackson, I have canceled both Basic Combat Training Family Day and graduation ceremonies until further notice. At a minimum, this suspension will be in effect until 30 April 2020. This decision was not an easy one to make. We are in constant consultation with local, state and Army leadership to determine our best and safest courses of action. We will continue producing the trained Soldiers the Army and the American public expects. We must continue training to ensure our Army is ready without increasing risks.
I could not with a clear conscience, allow Family members to travel from around the country, some as far away as Alaska, Puerto Rico, or California, to potentially put themselves or their Soldiers at risk. I must be a good steward of our Nation’s most precious resource, our nation’s sons and daughters. Soldiers of graduating units will be allowed to call home per our normal procedures the week prior to their graduation. Please follow your Soldier’s unit social media platforms for updates. Thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and support.
Victory … Starts Here!
Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr.
March 9 - COVID-19 response note
Fort Jackson leaders continue to monitor events associated with COVID-19 and plan to take all prudent measures necessary to ensure the safety of our service members, civilian employees, and their families.With that objective, I am implementing a number of modifications to normal operations in an effort to protect our community.
First, Family Day activities are cancelled immediately and for the foreseeable future.
Next, Graduation Day ceremonies will occur only on Hilton Field, weather permitting, with all Basic Combat Training graduates returning by government transportation to their battalion area to prepare for immediate onward movement to Advanced Individual Training. 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment graduates this week who have been approved for Privately Owned Vehicle travel to AIT with family members will be further reviewed by the command to determine if that course remains an option. No POV travel with family members will be allowed after this week’s graduation (1-34 IN BN); 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment graduating next week will only travel by government issued ticket—no further POV travel will be authorized after March 12, 2020.
We are America’s Army and our bond with the public is trust. While these changes disrupt the plans many people have made, I believe that the family and friends of our graduating Soldiers trust that we do not make these decisions lightly and only implement the precautions outlined as prudent decisions designed to protect our Army Team and further prevent opportunities to introduce or spread COVID-19 exposure.
The Army is inherently risky by nature. However, safety is an integral part to all aspects of daily operations. We can never fully mitigate every hazard but we can minimize hazards to the maximum extent possible. We must be vigilant and adjust normal operating procedures to protect ourselves and loved ones from this illness. It takes a team effort for this to be effective, and it will take understanding and empathy by all.
There are currently zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our installation now. We will remain keenly attentive to our Public Health official’s guidance and the statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as we evaluate and assess the risks to our force and the mission of Fort Jackson.
Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr., Commanding General
March 4 - Fort Jackson initial update
March 4, 2020
Fort Jackson leadership prioritizes the health and safety of our soldiers, civilians, and Family members. Initial Military Training leadership implemented additional screening procedures across basic training, including the 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception), to identify trainees who are at risk for COVID-19 exposure prior to sending them to their basic combat training unit. This additional screening assesses a Trainee's exposure to infected persons, international travel, and a medical screening for COVID-19 like symptoms. Across Fort Jackson, units are conducting preparations in the event a Soldier, Family member, or civilian employee is diagnosed with COVID-19. At this time, Fort Jackson has no confirmed COVID-19 cases. The Army is taking precautionary measures to protect the health of the force and maintain operational readiness. We will continue to evaluate current day-to-day operations to ensure the safety of all of our Soldiers, Family members and civilian personnel. We encourage all personnel to follow the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions. Click on the triangle on the left to expand.
Are there any COVID-19 cases on Fort Jackson
What is Fort Jackson doing to prevent COVID-19
Face coverings are required to be worn in all facilities on Fort Jackson regardless of vaccination status. The coverings are required to be worn indoors or outdoors when social distancing cannot be achieved (at least six feet of space in between people). If no medical facemask sare available to be worn, civilian face masks may be worn as long as they are black, brown, white, OCP pattern or ACU pattern. Masks cannot be made from ACUs due to chemicals imbedded in the material. No logos, phrases, may be worn.
Fort Jackson has hosted community town halls; instituted new ID card procedures at all access points; canceled or modified Family Day and graduation; and implemented improved screening procedures for recruits and trainees. It is all part of the post's three-phased approach of prevention,detection and containment.
Fort Jackson leaders continue to monitor events associated with COVID-19 and plan to take all prudent measures necessary to ensure the safety of our service members, civilian employees, and their families. With that objective, the post implemented a number of modifications to normal operations in an effort to protect our community.
Are graduations and Family Day canceled?
Both Family Day and Basic Combat Training in-person graduation ceremonies have resumed. Guests invited to attend graduation and Family Day after Aug. 19 must be fully vaccinated to attend. Graduation ceremonies are streamed live at.
Does the Exchange and Commissary have enough supplies for the Fort Jackson community?
The Commissary is open and has implemented changes to ensure enough goods for the community. The Commissary is open to authorized commissary patrons who are medically immunocompromised, as well as aged 65 and older, from7:30 to 9 a.m. This is in an effort to reduce risk to what is considered a vulnerable population. All other eligible patrons will then be allowed to shop during the remainder of the store’s open hours.
In addition, to limiting the purchase of shortage products to one item per person, the Commissary will limit the maximum number of shoppers allowed in the store at one time to 100. This will facilitate better social distancing and reduce overcrowding. The commissary will also post a list of shortage items outside the entry way of the store each day to better inform customers before entering.
Will trainees be allowed a call home before graduation?
Soldiers of graduating units will be allowed to call home per our normal procedures the week prior to their graduation.
Will I be notified if my trainee gets sick and tests positive?
Family members of trainees will be informed on the change of status of their loved ones.
Will trainees still get mail if the post restricts access?
Mail will not be affected. Approved contractors,care givers, government housing residents, Department of Defense Families, Dependent Agents Caring for Family and mission support personnel will still have access to the installation.
Information about the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act can be found at the following links: