Staff of the combined 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment and 1st Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment dining facility hoist a trophy Dec. 2, 2021, naming them one of the best of the best DFACs on Fort Jackson, South Carolina during the annual Thanksgiving Best DFAC Competition. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea)


By Alexandra Shea, Fort Jackson Public Affairs

As Fort Jackson trainees, Soldiers, civilians and staff were treated to a Thanksgiving spread in post dining facilities, the facilities were also competing for title of best of the best in the annual Thanksgiving DFAC Competition the day before the holiday began.

A panel of judges including Brig. Gen. Patrick R. Michaelis, post commanding general, and Post Command Sgt. Maj. Philson Tavernier, travel the post to see how each DFAC was decorated and taste tested the fare.

Each scored the facilities on a 100-point scale in five categories: decorations, food quality and taste, nutritional displays, theme and originality.

After a few days of compiling final score, the winners were chosen and plaques and trophies were awarded to two facilities representing the best of the best.

The 369th Adjutant General Battalion and 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment and 3rd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment combined facilities earned the top honors.

Facility staff and command teams were presented with a golden trophy and glass plaque to congratulate the hard work and dedication that went into presenting Team Jackson and trainees with a taste of home.

“I appreciate all the work that you have done here,” Michaelis said. “You bring home to them (trainees), even if it’s only for 15 minutes, you bring them a piece of home.”