Freeman Dining Facility, 13th SC(E), win Thanksgiving Dining Facility competition
By 1st Lt Leanne Masserini
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) PAO
Fort Hood, Texas — Freeman Dining Facility, part of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), won the Thanksgiving dining facility competition for the second year in a row.
Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, III Corps commander, presented a trophy and coins to all the hardworking cooks once all the Fort Hood dining facilities had been inspected and winner chosen.
Sgt. Maj. James Lee, III Corps food service Sgt. Maj., and Mr. Clifford Harper, food program manager for Fort Hood, inspected the dining facilities on displays, cleaniness, and food prior to start of the normal lunch hour and chose the winner of the 2006 Thanksgiving Dining Facility competition.
The Freeman dining facility worked weeks to put together a Thanksgiving meal and display for the 13th SC(E) Soldiers and family members.
“It is a lot of decorating, coordination skills, and you have to have a lot of patience,” said Sfc. Regina Wesson, Freeman’s assistant dining facility manger. “We have been going at this all night long and the last week.”
Their hard work was shown through the many detailed displays of food that looked like a turkey, helicopter, superdome, bald eagle, houses, and the list goes on. There were also ice sculptures of wine chest and a cross to remember the fallen comrades.
“Everybody took extra steps to make it extra special,” said Sgt. Howard Price, a Chemical Operations Specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 13thSustainment Command (Expeditionary).
Leaders from all units underneath the 13th SC(E) tried to make this day special for the Soldiers by personally serving them their meal in their dress blues.
It is fun to have the leaders serve, it gives us a break and allows us to cook, said Wesson.
Soldiers were not the only attendees at the dining facility. Many family members of Soldiers also attended. Some of the spouses attended without their spouse because of a current deployment.
It’s a Thanksgiving tradition, said Rita Glenn, family member of 13th SC(E).
Freeman dining facility did not entertain only 13th SC(E) family members but family members from 4th Infantry Division and 1st Cavalry were also there. It may not have been a thanksgiving tradition for them at the Freeman dining facility but they were at least able to spend their thanksgiving lunch at the dining facility that won the thanksgiving dining facility competition on Ft Hood.