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Midlands Leaders Welcome Ft. Jackson's First Female Commander

3:16 PM, Jun 12, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- There is a new leader at Fort Jackson.

Brigadier General Peggy Combs has taken over as acting commanding general and become the first woman to lead the base.

She comes after thesuspension of Brigadier General Bryan T. Roberts last month. The Army is investigating allegations against him that involve adultery and a physical altercation.

Leaders and lawmakers from across the Midlands spent Wednesday morning meeting and welcoming Combs over breakfast.

"The community has just opened its arms, the team at Fort Jackson has opened its arms. I have really felt loved here already and it has just been heartwarming," she said.

Combs has severed our country for the last 28 years, with more than ten of those spent training soldiers.

"This is the premier training center for the army and so that's why I asked to come here," said Combs. Fort Jackson trains soldiers, drill sergeants and chaplains.

The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast to help Combs get acclimated to our community and some of its leaders.

"General Combs is coming in a somewhat difficult set of circumstances, and she has already reached out to the community and we wanted to give her the opportunity that one place, one morning, meet the leadership of the region," said Ike McLeese, President and CEO of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Combs says her goal at Fort Jackson is to successfully continue its training mission.

"The goal was to come in and have no hiccups in our system to keep going to keep that respect and trust of American to train your sons and daughters," she said.

Combs says the Army has not determined how long she will lead the base, but no matter the length of her stay, community leaders say it's important to support her, Fort Jackson and our military.

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