The National Guard Armor at Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina in 2012 (Wikimedia Commons/Brian Fitzpatrick)
In 2005, when former S.C. Adjutant General Bob Livingston went to the Bamberg armory, he saw a startling site.
It was raining, and a soldier was walking through the armory with an umbrella because there were so many leaks in the roof.
"It was comical, but sad at the same time," Livingston said. "But it illustrated what sad shape the armories were in."
Today, 16 of the S.C. Guard's 63 armories are listed as "poor" by the U.S. Army, and many more are considered only "fair" and may drop to "poor" soon, according to Col. Brigham Dobson, the S.C. Guard's Construction and Facilities Management Officer.
Two soldiers have been released from the hospital but two remain in critical or fair condition in Palmetto Health Richland hospital after what the Army termed a “tragic accident” Friday at Fort Jackson.