Fort Jackson will honor its retiree population May 17-19 with Retiree Appreciation Days with a theme of "Once a Soldier, Always a Soldier. A Soldier for Life!"

The RAD events begin with a free continental breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. May 17 in the NCO Club. Retirees will be given transportation to Hilton Field beginning at 8 a.m. to avoid the traffic.

The post will recognize the military retirees during the Basic Combat Training Graduation at 9 a.m. May 17 on Hilton Field. Retirees will have the option to march in the "Pass in Review" and will have reserved VIP seating. It is a great opportunity to participate, be recognized, and display for the parents and loved ones of our newest Soldiers the full military lifecycle and lifelong commitment that has sustained our armed forces and made our nation great.

In addition to the graduation ceremony, there will be a Vietnam Veterans recognition and pinning ceremony that will starting at 8:30 a.m. The 3rd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment commander Lt. Col. Michael George and Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Wrightman will pin each Vietnam veteran who served during the period of Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin.

The annual Retiree Appreciation Days Golf Tournament will start at 9 a.m. May 18. The Retiree Health and Benefits Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 at the Solomon Center. For more information contact Greg Fountain, retirement services officer at 751-6715 or via email at