Military Affairs

Columbia, SC has been named a “Purple Heart City” and prides itself on being the most military friendly city in America. With the presence of Fort Jackson, U.S. Army base in the city, there is a significant military footprint in Columbia’s economy and environment.

This Columbia Chamber Military Affairs Group promotes, enhances, and strengthens the relationships between the Midlands and our military community to ensure that we remain the “most military friendly community in America”. The Columbia Chamber’s goal is to work with local leaders and elected officials to protect and grow the mission of Fort Jackson, the SC National Guard and McEntire Joint National Guard Base. The military contributes an economic impact of $24.2 billion in South Carolina and in the Midlands, it accounts for a $4.1 billion impact. The benefits of a vibrant military community are numerous and our desire is to create an atmosphere that welcomes our military families and encourages them to retire here.

To learn more about the Military Affairs Group or its activities, please call Susan Vaughan McPherson at 803.733.1148 or email us today.

Join us at our next Military Affairs Group on April 24, 2018.

Friends of Our Forces

This program, which benefits local members of the armed forces community, provides discounts to military personnel and their families. The Columbia Chamber, together with many retailers and other businesses, provides the program to thank our military for their service to our community and country. For more information about the program or to include your business, please call 803.733.1148 or email us today.


Welcome Handbook

Centennial Information

Fort Jackson US Army Training Center

Fort Jackson Commanding General Facebook

Fort Jackson Fact Sheet

Graduation Announcement

SC Military Economic Impact

USO Facebook

Hiring Our Heroes

Hero 2 Hired

Operation Palmetto Employment

AUSA | Association of the US Army

Gateway to the Army | Centennial Park

Fort Jackson Museum