Brig. Gen. Bryan T. Roberts, a veteran of three the Army’s largest training facility from Maj. Gen. James M. “Mike” Milano. Roberts will lead the base as the military contracts with the end of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The military has announced a drawdown of 80,000 soldiers, some unspecified base closings, and force realignments with an as-yet unknown affect on Fort Jackson. Any change will affect Columbia, since the base has direct economic impact of $692 million, and a multiplier effect of a little over $1 billion.