Victory Week wraps with a ‘Golden Day’
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Army’s Golden Knights were the high-lighted event during the 2022 Fort Jackson Victory Week Celebration held at Darby Field June 8, 2022. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Victory Week wraps with a ‘Golden Day’
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Wyatt Traphagan gets an inside look at a Bradley Fighting Vehicle during the Fort Jackson Victory Week Organizational Day June 8, 2022. The final event of the week, attendees were treated to food trucks, games, displays and a special performance by the Army’s Golden Knights. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Victory Week wraps with a ‘Golden Day’
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Jackson Elniskey, left, Pfc. John McPhail, 2nd battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, center, and Albert Penado, right, get hands-on inside an M109A6 Paladin during the Fort Jackson Victory Week Organizational Day June 8, 2022. McPhail graduated Basic Combat Training earlier that day allowing him and his friends to join in celebrating 105 years of heritage and history of the installation. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Victory Week wraps with a ‘Golden Day’
4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Brig. Gen. Patrick R. Michaelis, commanding general, left, and Post Command Sgt. Maj. Philson Tavernier, right, cut a cake celebrating the Army’s 247th birthday during the 2022 Fort Jackson Victory Week celebration at Darby Field June 8, 2022. The Army and Fort Jackson birthdays fall with a few days of each other and are celebrated together on the installation. (Photo by Raquel McDonald) (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL

Fort Jackson’s celebration of 105 years of heritage and history wrapped up with a day of fun and entertainment at Darby Field June 8. The high-lighting event featured the Army’s Golden Knights.

“This week we are celebration the 105th anniversary of Fort Jackson,” said Brig. Gen. Patrick R. Michaelis, post commanding general. “One hundred and five years ago, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce cobbled together $50,000 and purchased this land on behalf of the U.S. Army as World War I was kicking off. One of 32 post, camps and installations across the southeastern United States, Fort Jackson trained the 81st Division.”

“During World War II it was reopened to train eight divisions. One of which was the 4th Infantry Division that landed on Utah Beach during D-Day that was celebrated here a few days ago on its 78th anniversary. Victory starts here, the gateway to the Army starts here. We also celebrate the 247th birthday of the United States Army.”

As it did during World War I, Fort Jackson continues to transform civilians into combat ready Soldiers. The installation produces over 50% of all Army Soldiers and more than 60% of female Soldiers.

In celebration of the post’s continued history and success, a series of events were held throughout the week to include a post-wide run with country music singer Travis Denning, sports competitions, golf tournament, Fireflies baseball game, and organizational day.

The Army parachute team, the Golden Knights aerial demonstration team made a special appearance from about 4,000 feet.

Victory Week wraps with a ‘Golden Day’
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Master Sgt. Ian Munkacsy helps his 6-year-old son Greyson play a football video game inside the U.S.O. gaming trailer at Darby Field June 8, 2022. The gaming trailer was part of the 2022 Fort Jackson Victory Week celebration. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Victory Week wraps with a ‘Golden Day’
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Children enjoy sports throwing games like football and basketball during the 2022 Fort Jackson Victory Week celebration on Darby Field June 8, 2022. Along with games, the day offered demonstrations, a cake cutting and special performance by the Army’s Golden Knights. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Victory Week wraps with a ‘Golden Day’
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Brig. Gen. Patrick R. Michaelis, Fort Jackson commanding general, throws the first pitch of a Columbia Fireflies baseball game at Segra Park June 7, 2022. Michaelis was asked to throw the first pitch in celebration of Fort Jackson’s Victory Week celebrations. The week honors 105 years of the installation’s heritage and history. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Victory Week wraps with a ‘Golden Day’
4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Basic Combat Trainees from 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, salute during the playing of the national anthem at a Columbia Fireflies baseball game June 7, 2022. The trainees were invited to attend the game to celebrate Fort Jackson’s 105th and Army’s 247th birthdays. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL

“This is one of the best ways to interact with the public,” said Sgt. 1st Class Rafael Torres, Golden Knights member. “We are glad to be a part of this (celebration.) This is the best job in the Army.”

“We wish you a ‘Golden’ day,” shouted the Knight’s announcer.

After completing their aerial display of flight and smoke, the Knights were on-hand to enjoy a cake cut by Michaelis and Post Command Sgt. Maj. Philson Tavernier to celebrate the Army’s 247th birthday.

“Today we cut the cake to celebrate the Army’s birthday, and had an award presentation,” Tavernier said. “We are proud of what we do here.”

They also announced the winners of the sports competitions. This year’s 2022 Victory Week Commander’s Cup winner was the 165th Infantry Brigade. The unit members won the most individual competitions and received a trophy and years’ worth of bragging rights.

Soldiers, civilians, retirees and their Family members were treated to an up-close look at a Bradley Fighting Vehicle and M109A6 Paladin self-propelled artillery. Children could play sports shooting games such as basketball and football while also being able to take refuge from the days heat in an air-conditioned gaming trailer provided by the local U.S.O.

All were able to enjoy a variety of snacks and cold drinks from food trucks while socializing with friend and family before the day’s events came to an end.

“Thank you all for being here,” Michaelis said. “Thank you for being a part of the gateway to the Army and Victory … Starts Here.”