Richland Country Sheriff Leon Lott headlined the 2018 class inducted into the Fort Jackson Hall of Fame June 1. Joining Lott was Carol Davis, with Fort Jackson's Task Force Marshall Navy
Individual Augmentee Deployment Program, Susan McPherson from the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and Joanie Thresher from the United Services Organization.

The ceremony at the Fort Jackson NCO Club provided an opportunity for the installation to recognize and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the Fort Jackson military community.

Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson, Fort Jackson commander called the newest class "gifts" to the installation.
"You all are a gift to your community and you're a gift to Fort Jackson," Johnson said. "You make a big difference for so many people ..."

Johnson continued praising the Hall of Fame inductees by recognizing the majority of their selfless service happens behind the scenes.

"A lot of it is unsung and we will never really know the full extent, but the glimpse of it you see is powerful and full of your passion, selfless service, and a sense of giving to others and I think that is incredible," he said. "That alone is a tremendous example alone for all of us to follow …"

Each inductee received a Fort Jackson Hall of Fame Medallion placed around their neck by Johnson, and a pin by Post Command Sgt. Maj. Lamont Christian.

2018 Hall of Fame Inductee Susan McPherson, who heads public policy and military affairs for the Columbia Chamber, said it is an honor to be recognized for doing what she loves.

"It is an honor to support our Fort Jackson soldiers and their Families," McPherson said. "To be recognized for doing something that means so much to me is a true blessing. I am extremely humbled to be inducted into the 2018 Fort Jackson Hall of Fame.

"It is an amazing honor and to share it with my dear friends Sheriff Leon Lott, Joanie thresher and Carol Davis -- it makes it even more special." McPherson continued. "I am forever appreciative of the selfless service and daily contributions of our military. I love serving our Soldiers and the organizations that make us most military friendly community in America."