"I tell you this is not something that we have to do, it is something that we get to do," said Brig. Gen. Milford "Beags" Beagle Jr, Fort Jackson's commander, as the post prepared to honor Soldiers and civilians during a quarterly awards ceremony.

Fort Jackson honors its community's achievements during the ceremony every three months. The installation recognized more than 100 awardees during the event Aug. 30 at the NCO Club.

"A lot of times we don't do the small things -- we don't say thank you," Beagle added.

The ceremony is a way the post connects with its command team.

"Today for myself and (Command Sgt. Maj. Jerimiah Gan) and everyone in the audience, we are going to say thank you," he said.

Beagle added he values thanking the Soldiers and civilians "very highly."

"When you take that time it means a lot."