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Columbia Chamber Welcomes New Commanding General

Welcome Breakfast Thrown in Honor of Major General John “Pete” Johnson

COLUMBIA, S.C. – On Tuesday, August 16 at 7:30 AM, the Columbia Chamber welcomed Major General John “Pete” Johnson and his family to the “Most Military Friendly Community in America” with a Welcome Breakfast, sponsored by AllSouth Federal Credit Union. The event, held at the West Scholarship Donors Lounge at Williams-Brice Stadium, was attended by over 145 local business leaders and military personnel.

“We are thrilled to welcome General Johnson and his family to Columbia,” said Carl Blackstone, President and CEO of the Columbia Chamber, “We are proud to be the ‘Most Military Friendly Community in America’ and the support we have at today’s event proves that slogan to be true.”

Speakers included City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin; Columbia Chamber President and CEO, Carl Blackstone; Chairman, Boyd Jones; Military Affairs Group Chair, General (Ret.) George Goldsmith; and Major General Pete Johnson.

“Columbia’s reputation is widely known throughout the United States Army,” said Major General Pete Johnson, “It is warm, it is open and it is famously hot!”

General Johnson assumed command of Fort Jackson and the U.S. Army Training Center on June 24, 2016 as the 49th Commanding General.

For more information on the Columbia Chamber’s Welcome Breakfast, please contact Alexa Stillwell at 803.733.1138.


About the Columbia Chamber

The Columbia Chamber is a private, non-profit, partner-driven organization comprised of 1,500 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its partners and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its partners through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.

To become a partner or to learn more about the Columbia Chamber, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit www.ColumbiaChamber.com.

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