Army Chaplain School celebrates 100th anniversary

Talk of the Town: Centennial Celebration Army Chaplain School

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Army Chaplain Center and School are hosting a Centennial Celebration of the Army Chaplain School. Also, July 29 is the 243rd birthday of the Army Chaplain Corps.

Col. Jeffrey Hawkins is the commandant. He says this is a very big year for those at Ft. Jackson. Leaders will engage current and former members of the Army Chaplaincy, especially in the local area. In addition to the evening gala, they also have activities on the USACHCS campus. Events include a skydiving demonstration, historical re-enactments and displays, and a ceremony at their Memorial Garden.

The chaplain school's first session began March 3, 1918, to orient civilian clergymen to Army life. Thousands of chaplains, chaplain candidates and religious affairs specialists have received instruction in a variety of courses designed to best enable them to perform their duties in an Army environment. "We provide religious support to America's Army and their families while helping commanders ensure the right of free exercise of religion for all soldiers," says Hawkins.

USACHCS relocated from Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina in 1995 and also is the home of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Museum.

The Centennial Celebration activities kick off at 8:30 a.m. this Friday with a skydive team demonstration, four historian stations with historical re-enactments, WWII and modern displays and a gathering at the Memorial Wall.

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