Soldiers Provide Families with a Southern Cook Meal

Article by Sgt. Angiene Myers
4th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas — If Noncommissioned Officers are the backbone of the Army, then Families are the backbone of every Soldier. To show appreciation for the support that each Family member provides each day, the 4th Sustainment Brigade welcomed Soldiers and their loved ones to a military home cooked dinner at the Freeman Café for a brigade Family Readiness Group’s Family Day.

“We ask so much from the Families, especially during deployments and this is our opportunity to really give something back to them,” said 4th Sustainment Brigade Commander Col. Ronald Kirklin. “This is one of many things that we’re going to do for the Families in the coming months.”

Soldiers and their Family members were treated to a southern buffet style meal which included: barbeque ribs, fried catfish, corn, collard greens, corn bread and macaroni and cheese, just to name a few.  Families were able to enjoy a great affordable meal with their loved ones while socializing with other families within the Wrangler Brigade.

According to Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tane Cotton, the 4th Sustainment Brigade Food Advisor, the brigade commander wanted a Family Day where Soldiers could come together in a relaxed atmosphere where they could talk and unwind. “Not only do they get a good meal, but the meals are cooked by Soldiers and that’s the beauty of it.”

The Freeman Café staff executed the mission of providing great food in a warm inviting atmosphere and the Soldiers and their Families were pleased with the opportunity to come together for dinner.

“I think it’s awesome. It’s really good for the Families especially with all the Soldiers getting deployed said Kelly Villalobos, spouse of deployed 180th battalion commander Lt. Col. Robert Villalobos. “It’s a good night out for food and if done monthly, that would be fantastic.”

With the success of Family Day, 4th Sustainment Brigade wants to continue to provide more events where Soldiers and their Families can come together and enjoy themselves and the company of others in the brigade.

 “I wanted everybody to have a good time and I think they did. As I went around and talked to the Families, they expressed that we should do this more often because they really enjoyed it,” said Kirklin.

 

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