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FORT JACKSON – The new commander at Fort Jackson will be a South Carolina State University graduate

Brigadier Gen. Milford H. “Beags” Beagle Jr. will be the new commanding general, taking over from Major Gen. Pete Johnson. Beagle is coming from Fort Drum, N.Y., where he served as the deputy commanding general for support with the 10th Mountain Division.

Beagle is a native of Enoree and a distinguished military graduate of S.C. State Army ROTC. The S.C. State Army ROTC program, better known as the Bulldog Battalion, currently has 15 graduates who have achieved the rank of general officer, Beagle being one of them.

The Bulldog Battalion is also recognized as one of the largest producers of minority officers for the U.S. Army.

After graduating from S.C. State with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, Beagle entered the U.S. Army in 1990 after being commissioned as an Infantry officer.

In his 28 years of service, Beagle has served in many capacities, and has been stationed around the world. Some of Beagle’s most recent assignments have stationed him in Korea, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C.

Most recently, Beagle served at Fort Jackson as the commander of the 193rd Infantry Brigade before assuming his duty at Fort Drum.

Beagle has received numerous awards and decorations, including an Army Achievement Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Ranger Tab, and a Meritorious Service Medal. Beagle is also a recipient of the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.

Beagle and his wife Pamela have two sons, Jordan and Jayden.

Contact the writer: and 803-533-5516


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