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Ft. Jackson commanders serving Thanksgiving dinner to soldiers

FORT JACKSON, SC (WIS) - Commanders at Fort Jackson are giving their soldiers a taste of home this Thanksgiving by serving the troops an enormous holiday meal.

By the time more than 14,000 soldiers, family members, retirees, civilian employees and their guests enjoy their Thanksgiving meals at Fort Jackson, post dining facility employees will have spent countless hours preparing over 4,000 pounds of turkey, nearly 3,000 pounds of ham, and 1,400 pies.

Following tradition, the meal will be served by commanders, their staffs, and senior non-commissioned officers of each company as their soldiers pass through the serving line.

Preparations are started at least one month prior to Thanksgiving to bring a taste of home to Soldiers during the holiday. Preparations include facility decoration, worker uniform/costume preparations, unit participation in development of the facility theme, coordinating meal periods and command servers, pre-preparation of ingredients, specialty cake decorating, ice-carvings, and throwing down in the kitchen preparing all the fixings.

The post's 12 dining facilities will serve Thanksgiving meals on either Nov. 23, 24 or 25 to allow many of the cadre to spend the holiday with their families.

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