Military

SC veterans, father and son, battle COVID-19 together

Thankfully, both men have been released from the hospital and have made full recoveries.

  My Take: Even during a pandemic, we must remember the true meaning of Memorial Day

  Fort Jackson officials say they have more COVID-19 recoveries than active cases

Spartanburg soldier dies in Afghanistan, DOD says

U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs provides immediate housing funding for SC veterans

  Dorn VA workers worry about lack of PPE, officials say they are following guidelines

  Columbia VA recently approved to join Mayo Clinic program studying effects of antibodies on COVID-19

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  Hidden WWII letters connect family to lost loved one

  Veterans who need help with housing, utility bills can now apply for aid

S.C. Air National Guard to perform flyovers, thanking healthcare workers on the frontline of COVID-19 pandemic

S.C. Air National Guard releases flyover times to salute Grand Strand, Pee Dee medical professionals

S.C. Air National Guard to perform flyovers Monday to salute healthcare workers, first responders

Shaw Air Force Base increasing base access after Gov. McMaster lifts restrictions

  WIS TODAY: Major General Van McCarty discusses how the S.C. National Guard is helping in the COVID-19 fight

Major General Van McCarty gives us insight about how the critical mission of the South Carolina National Guard in helping our state fight COVID-19.

  JBER Army Paratrooper found dead in barracks

A U.S. Army paratrooper was found dead in his barracks room Thursday. According to a statement from the U.S. Army Alaska, 20-year-old Spc. Milik Jaquez Craig, an infantryman, was found dead by a fellow soldier just before midnight.

Fort Jackson adds health, safety measures due to COVID-19 pandemic

Leaders at Fort Jackson are implementing additional health and safety measures for soldiers, families, civilian employees, and members of the local community.

Fort Jackson cancels Family Day activities, changes graduation policy due to coronavirus

Leaders at Fort Jackson are taking steps to protect the military base from the spread of coronavirus.

Funeral service for unclaimed veteran to be held Friday

The Citadel’s first African American barber recalls his journey at South Carolina’s military college

No confirmed cases of coronavirus at Fort Jackson, officials say

Marine general orders removal of Confederate items at bases

  Dorn VA Medical Center held event to celebrate Black History Month

  Many gather at State House for Military Department Recognition Day

Friends gather to honor Upstate WWII veteran for his 98th birthday

He was also recognized at the South Carolina Statehouse by the House of Representatives for his service.

  PUPDATE: Popping balloons, playing with Furbies, and adventuring to the magical land of Publix

This update is sure to give you “paws.” Puppy paws, that is.

  WWII veteran carried to seat at Trump rally in Phoenix

Trump supporters held up Ervin Julian, a 100-year-old World War II veteran, and carried to him to his seat.

Shriners honor Air Force veteran on his 99th birthday

The veteran said it was one of the happiest days in all of his 99 years.

Governor orders flags flown at half-staff in honor of N.C. soldier killed in Afghanistan

Governor Cooper has ordered U.S. and N.C. flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Javier Jaguar Gutierrez, who was killed in a so-called insider attack in eastern Afghanistan.

  Charleston Korean War veteran surprised with wish before aggressive cancer treatment

Ahead of intense cancer treatment, the Marine Corps League of the Lowcountry granted the wish of a home-bound Korean war veteran with a ceremony to join the organization.

  PUPDATE: Tricks for treats and getting the big kid treatment

The WIS PAALS pups are 10 weeks old and starting to get the big kid treatment!

100-year-old Tuskegee Airman, Cleveland Native honored during State of the Union address by President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump stopped to recognize McGee who was in the crowd at the State of the Union address.

  Shaw AFB providing bottled water: ‘We are likely contributor of PFAS in drinking water at Crescent MHP’

Shaw Air Force Base will be providing bottled water to residents at the Crescent Mobile Home Park in Sumter. This latest development comes after DHEC confirmed earlier this week that water at that mobile home park tested positive for contaminants.

  Pelion VFW Auxuiliary Post asks community for help getting lung transplant for member

Pelion Auxiliary Post 9037 is asking the community for support to try and help one of its members who’s suffering from a rare lung disease.

Lawmakers move forward with bill that would help veterans with medical experience become nurses in S.C.

South Carolina, like other states, is facing a nursing shortage right now.

  Pick of the litter: which PAALS pups stayed for us to follow and which pups found new homes?

The WIS PAALS pups went from six to three, but it was a happy departure. We promise!

  Remains of N.C. soldier arrive in the United States

The flag-draped coffin of Spc. Antonio Moore, 22, of Wilmington, arrived at Dover Air Force Base overnight.

  Air Force rolls out trial for big changes to physical fitness tests

The U.S. Air Force is rolling out a new way to test physical fitness this week.

  'It’s a big thing off my shoulder’: Grand Strand veteran getting new roof for his home

A Grand Strand veteran has a reason to smile after receiving a donation to protect the roof over his head.

  S.C. native & Army veteran opens dream business in Columbia

“The military has definitely been a stepping stool to do all the things I’ve wanted to do in my life...including being a business owner."

‘It’s basically just helping people feel alive again’: Veteran starts nonprofit to provide free haircuts

Just days ago a veteran in the Grand Strand began a nonprofit, The Cut that Counts Foundation, to provide haircuts to disabled veterans, hospice patients, the homeless, and the less fortunate.

Body of Fort Bragg soldier killed in Afghanistan to return to family Saturday

The body of a Fort Bragg solider who was killed in Afghanistan is being returned to his family Saturday.

104-year-old World War II veteran collecting Valentine’s Day cards

Maj. Bill White is asking people from all over the world sent him a card this Valentine’s Day

2 Fort Bragg soldiers killed in Afghanistan

On Sunday, military officials identified the casualties as 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin of Newport News, Virginia; and 21-year-old Pfc. Miguel A. Villalon of Joliet, Illinois.

  Name of 19-year-old soldier who died after Fort Jackson training released

The name of a Minnesota Army National Guard soldier who died after a training exercise at Fort Jackson has been released.

  As Iran strikes with retaliatory missiles, McMaster and soldiers’ families react to growing tensions

The Department of Homeland Security said one of the biggest threats from Iran isn’t just missiles but also cyberattacks.

U.S. Army Recruiting Command issues warning over fake military draft messages

The U.S. Army Recruiting Command states it has received multiple emails and calls about fake text messages that inform people they have been selected for a military draft.

Fisher House receives donation from non-profit organization

A non-profit organization, Salute from the Shore, has announced that it has donated funding to two Fisher House locations.

Retired U.S. Army veteran ends coast-to-coast journey in Myrtle Beach

A retired U.S. Army Veteran has traveled months, thousands of miles and millions of steps to create awareness for veterans.

  Vietnam War veteran reunites with war helicopter after five decades

Frederick McCarthy put on the uniform he wore while serving in the Vietnam War and laid hands on his helicopter that he flew during his tours in 1967 and 1968.

  SC serviceman surprises his kids in emotional holiday homecoming

A Columbia serviceman will spend the holidays with his family after returning from an 11-month deployment in Iraq and surprising his children upon his arrival.

  140+ soldiers welcomed home after overseas deployment

The South Carolina National Guard held a ceremony to welcome home more than 140 U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers with the 1221st Engineer Clearance Company from a nearly nine-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

  Community comes together to help local veteran after stroke

After a year that changed their lives forever, one Midlands family’s life changed for the better on Tuesday.

NC Gold Star mom finishes 1,000 mile run across country. What she found on her final step gave her chills.

“We did it guys! So I’m now sitting at one thousand two miles and I ran within all 50 states and Puerto Rico and The Navajo Nation,” Powers said in video to her Facebook page, Cathy Powers, Running Fir Wreaths.

Unclaimed veteran to be laid to rest with full military honors on Friday at Ft. Jackson

An unclaimed veteran will be laid to rest with full military honors on Friday at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

VP Mike Pence makes surprise Thanksgiving visit to Marines at Air Station Beaufort

He and Second Lady Karen Pence served Marines, Sailors, and civilians a Thanksgiving meal.

  Family of soldiers receives Quilts of Valor on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day for us all to fill our stomachs with our favorite foods, be with loved ones, and give thanks.

S.C. veteran pushes for change after cancer goes undiagnosed by Army for more than 2 years

A veteran from York County, SC is joining other veterans who are backing proposed legislation that would allow service members to sue for medical malpractice.

  Lugoff family of veterans attend Columbia Veterans Day Parade every year

One Lugoff family has a combined 75 plus years of experience in the armed forces.

Veterans Day Deals: These companies are honoring military members on Monday

From restaurants to theme parks, companies are honoring our military this Veterans Day.

Downtown Columbia hosts 41st Annual Veterans Day Parade

Downtown Columbia hosted the 41st Annual Veterans Day Parade on Monday, No. 11.

Register for USC Veterans Day 5K benefiting the Friends of Fisher House Columbia

WIS is proud to partner with the USC Veterans Day 5K to raise money to bring a Fisher House to Columbia.

  Lack of bathrooms putting a damper on South Carolina State Guard’s operations

During the flood in 2015, a septic tank flooded at the S.C. State Armory. The bathrooms and showers at their facilities haven't worked since.

  Remains of World War II hero return home to NC 76 years later

PFC John Taylor Burke reportedly died fighting back in 1943, but it wasn’t until two years ago with new technology that they were able to locate some of the heroes’ remains.

  Midlands WWII veteran set to celebrate 100th birthday reflects on D-Day invasion

After more than two decades in the Navy, Army and Air Force, Luther Godwin retired in 1966.

  Dozens say farewell to unclaimed Midlands veteran

How do you say good-bye to someone you've never met?

  WWII vessel USS Columbia, sailors who served on it honored in annual ceremony

The USS Columbia sailed the Pacific during WWII and was nicknamed the “Gem of the Ocean.”

  Two years after deadly training accident, Fort Jackson leadership works to balance safety, readiness

According to a Fort Jackson official, the Army’s largest training installation has experienced five deaths in the last five years.

WIS partners with Harvest Hope Food Bank for Year of the Veteran Food Drive

Donations should be dropped off at participating Rush's locations on Monday, Sept. 30.

  Officials: Fort Jackson soldier-in-training died due to medical emergency

The Army is planning a memorial service with a date to be announced soon.

Army soldier from Conway accused of planning to build bomb, target news network

An Army soldier accused of planning to build a bomb and target a news network or nearby cell tower has ties to the Grand Strand area.

Missing Army veteran from SC found

Police say Levi Bradstream, 37, was found Saturday.

  18-year-old Fort Jackson soldier-in-training dies while preparing for physical training

An 18-year-old soldier in training died yesterday while preparing to do physical training in his battalion area.

  Set in stone: Columbia 9/11 memorial honors first responders

It’s more than a monument. The sculptor calls the creation a bridge for generations.

UofSC Alumni Center hosts Columbia Veterans Job Fair

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and RecruitMilitary will host the Columbia Veterans Job Fair on Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UofSC Alumni Center.

  “I put it in my mouth and pulled the trigger, but...God had another plan,” Midlands vet tells story of attempted suicide to raise awareness

The inaugural Steps & Strides Against Veteran Suicide Walk is happening Monday morning. It will begin at the Columbia Vet Center on Richland Street.

  Widow of veteran looking for late husband’s lost wedding ring

Linda Doar is looking from something that means everything to her.

  ‘I will run to death for them’: Fort Jackson holds annual Run for the Fallen

Hundreds of service members honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Fort Jackson’s 10th annual 5K Run/Walk for the Fallen.

Veteran uses deep sea fishing to treat PTSD

Many military veterans struggle while adjusting to civilian life. For one Army Ranger, fishing became more than a hobby, it saved his life.

  Warrior PATHH helping combat veterans overcome PTSD, headed to the Midlands

There’s a new program headed to the Midlands designed to help combat veterans overcome post-traumatic stress. Warrior PATHH stands for progressive, alternative training for healing heroes.

  Midlands 9/11 remembrance ceremony held in morning for first time, like tributes at Ground Zero

A Historic Morning of Remembrance was held at the 9/11 Memorial at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Air Force jets seek refuge at Barksdale Air Force Base

More than 50 F-16 Vipers evacuated Thursday from their base in South Carolina