By Kim Wheeler, Fort Jackson LeaderNovember 21, 2012
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Fort Jackson named its Family of the Year during a ceremony Friday at the Solomon Center.
Sgt. 1st Class Jerald Briggs, his wife, Colleen, and their three children, Brandon, 9, Bradley, 6, and Alexander, 7 months, were announced as the winners of the annual competition.
"This is an outstanding family that is heavily involved in the community," said Marilynn Bailey, Fort Jackson's Army Volunteer Corps coordinator. "They have given so much of their time since the whole time they have lived on this post."
Bailey said that despite having their hands full with two school-age children and a 7-month-old, the couple "will still do anything they can for you, and they always want to do more. They just have a genuine concern for Soldiers, their families, and the youth of this community."
The Briggs family is actively involved in several programs around post, including the Fort Jackson Mayors Council, the Moncrief Army Community Hospital Family Readiness Group, and the MACH Sergeants Association.
They were one of 12 families nominated for the honor. Each year, units and organizations around post nominate families from within their ranks. These nominees are then judged by a panel of five independent judges from the Columbia area, Bailey said, receiving scores in three categories: friendship and service, love and teamwork, and individual growth.
"Each of these nominated families represents traditional Army and family values," said Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts, Fort Jackson commanding general. "It's always an honor to recognize the effort of families like these."
Bailey said that the ceremony was an important opportunity to recognize the contributions of all the nominees.
"All of these families have given great service to this community," she said. "Any chance we have to recognize that, they deserve our attention."