• Drill Sergeant School staff serve a variety of meat, desserts and fruit during an early Thanksgiving meal Nov. 14. Staff members decorated the facility to give it a festive atmosphere.

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    Drill Sergeant School staff serve a variety of meat, desserts and fruit during an early Thanksgiving meal Nov. 14. Staff members decorated the facility to give it a festive atmosphere.

  • Drill Sergeant School staff serve a variety of meat, desserts and fruit during an early Thanksgiving meal Nov. 14. Staff members decorated the facility to give it a festive atmosphere.

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    Drill Sergeant School staff serve a variety of meat, desserts and fruit during an early Thanksgiving meal Nov. 14. Staff members decorated the facility to give it a festive atmosphere.

  • Fort Jackson dining facilities reflect the Thanksgiving spirit as workers there prepare for annual holiday meals.

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    Fort Jackson dining facilities reflect the Thanksgiving spirit as workers there prepare for annual holiday meals.

  • Fort Jackson dining facilities reflect the Thanksgiving spirit as workers there prepare for annual holiday meals.

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    Fort Jackson dining facilities reflect the Thanksgiving spirit as workers there prepare for annual holiday meals.

  • The Army Drill Sergeant School Dining Facility was among the dining halls to create holiday exhibits for Thanksgiving.

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    The Army Drill Sergeant School Dining Facility was among the dining halls to create holiday exhibits for Thanksgiving.

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- What would Thanksgiving be without the turkey and a few guests?

How about 2,000 punds of turkey and several hundred guests?

Fort Jackson is gearing up for its annual Thanksgiving dinners this week, which will be served to new Soldiers and military retirees from around the region to provide a holiday meal. This year's menu includes 635 punds of boneless ham, 880 lbs of shrimp, 420 pounds of prime rib and more than 2,000 punds of turkey.

"It's a traditional meal," said John Nelums, quality assurance evaluator with the Directorate of Logistics. "The dining facilities put on some extraordinary exhibits, some of the best in the state of South Carolina. Every year, they raise the level of expectation. It's a very festive event."

Dinner for retirees will be served at Fort Jackson's new dining facility at the 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, which can feed 5,200 Soldiers in 90 minutes. The event brings together retired Soldiers with those just beginning their careers.

"We look forward to having a grand time with the veterans in the Columbia area," Nelums said. "The Soldiers in Basic Combat Training get a preview of what they'll be doing as they progress in their careers. This is their first opportunity to learn how to take care of Soldiers, because they see how the commanders take care of them. It's an indication of the values the Army expects of them."

The Thanksgiving meal for retirees and guests is scheduled for 2 to 3:30 p.m., Nov. 22 at the 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment dining facility, 5454 Manigault Road, near Coleman Gym.

On the menu:
Smoked boneless ham: 635 pounds
Beef Rib eye, boneless: 720 pounds
Prime rib: 420 pounds
Steamship round: 440 pounds
Shrimp: 880 pounds
Turkey, whole: 200 pounds
Turkey, boneless: 2,000 pounds

Dining facilities Thanksgiving meal schedule:
Wednesday 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception) Building 1875 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday 187th Ordnance Battalion Building 2260 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment Building 11900 5 to 7 p.m.
Thursday 2nd Battalion 39th Infantry Regiment Building 10401 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday Company F, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment Building 10401 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday 369th Adjutant General Battalion Building 4210 Noon to 2 p.m.
Thursday 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment Building 4270 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday 1st Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment Building 11500 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment Building 11500 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment Building 11500 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Thanksgiving meal for retirees and guests is scheduled for 2 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday at the 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment dining facility, 5454 Manigault Road, near Coleman Gym.

Holiday meal rates are $7.50 (standard) and $6.40 (discount). The discount rate applies to spouses and dependents of enlisted service members in pay grades E1 through E4. For more information, call 751-4015/5556.

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