FORT JACKSON – An Army father based at South Carolina’s Fort Jackson is one of three finalists for the 2012 Military Fatherhood Award.

Fort Jackson spokesman Pat Jones says 1st Lt. William Edwards is the lone Army finalist in the contest.

Jones says the public will be able to vote for their choice to win the award starting Monday. Voting closes May 20.

The 32-year-old Edwards is the father of four children, ages 6 to 12. His wife, Esther, nominated her husband, and cited videos the soldier made for his children while deployed in Iraq.

Esther Williams says her husband plays in a band with his children, dresses up in superhero costumes with them and is not afraid to get silly with them.

–On the Web: www.fatherhood.org/mfa/2012-finalists .