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Published on May 3rd, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Fort Jackson holds Retiree Appreciation days

FORT JACKSON, SC — Fort Jackson Retirement Services Officer is calling all retirees and veterans. The annual Retiree Appreciation Days (RAD) are scheduled for May 19-21.

Activities are open to retirees and veterans of all branches of service and focus on retiree health benefits, educational assistance and sports activities.

Retiree Appreciation Days have previously had an estimated attendance of more than 2,000 retirees and veterans who participated in activities.

There will be a free continental breakfast at the Officers Club beginning at 7:30 a.m., and to avoid the traffic associated with the graduation, retirees will be given transportation to Hilton Field and returned back to the Officers Club after the graduation. Retirees will, again, have the option to march in the “Pass in Review” and they will have reserved VIP seating. It is a great opportunity for retirees to participate, be recognized, and display for the parents and loved ones of our newest soldiers the full military lifecycle and lifelong commitment. Please RSVP at (803) 751-5166.

The Basic Combat Training Graduation Ceremony is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at Hilton Field, where we will, honor our retirees. The guest speaker will be Bill Dukes, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for South Carolina.

A Golf Tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m., May 20, at the Fort Jackson Golf Club. The tournament is expected to be a crowd pleaser, said David Ratliff, Chief Warrant Officer 5 (Retired), Secretary, Fort Jackson Retiree Council. Ratliff said retirees have already begun to call in and request more information and express great interest in participating in this year’s tournament.

Golf Club Members pay $40 per person. Non-members and guest prices are $50 per person. Prices include cart and user fees, prizes, a barbecue lunch and grounds maintenance fees for non-members.

The Main Exchange and Commissary will participate in Retiree Appreciation Days Saturday with in-store sales beginning 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the Commissary, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the Main Exchange.

A Retiree Health and Benefits Exposition is scheduled for May 21. The expo will take place at the Solomon Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. An assortment of health services and informational organizations will be on-site at the expo to include Moncrief Army Community Hospital and South Carolina Department of Veteran Affairs.

This year the Moncrief Optometry Clinic is offering the opportunity for retirees to order glasses at the Retiree Health and Benefits Expo. Interested Retirees should bring a current, valid written prescription and military ID. The clinic will have trial eyeglass frames for patients to try on to determine the best fit.

Retirees are also invited to participate in the Victory Bingo and No Tap Bowling; both events are scheduled for May 21. All retirees who plan to participate in tournaments should call the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Business Operations Office at 751-3411.

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