First known as Camp Jackson in 1917, this Army installation in South Carolina was used for training for World War 1. At the close of that war, it was shut down.
It reopened during World War 2 and served as a training installation for many soldiers going to the European and Pacific theaters. It was supposed to close after World War 2, but the Korean War caused it to stay open because it was needed. A majority of soldiers go through Fort Jackson as part of their initial training process.
Unlike many other Army bases in the early 21st century, Fort Jackson has actually experienced some growth, with the opening of new colleges and schools for military education. With over 1,000 buildings on 52,000 acres, Fort Jackson is also impressive when it comes to size.
Today, the fort plays a large role in the local economy in South Carolina. The Fort Jackson community is made up of active soldiers, civilians, retirees and family members of those mentioned above. Around 4,000 civilians are employed by Fort Jackson for various tasks. A lot of new construction has happened here in recent years.