3d CR DFAC Named Best Thanksgiving 2012
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    Photo by 1LT Joan Drammeh & Story by PFC Erik Warren

     

     

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    Photo by 1LT Joan Drammeh & Story by PFC Erik Warren 

     

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    Photo by 1LT Joan Drammeh & Story by PFC Erik Warren

     

FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Theodore Roosevelt Hall Dinning Facility won the Command General’s Best Dinning Facility Competition on Thanksgiving 2012. The “Best Mess” is an annual competition amongst all the DFACS on post for the best decorations and food. The post commanding general visits every DFAC and presents the award to the winning facility.

 

 “It’s really good to win something like that,” said Sgt. First Class John Contreras, the Non-commissioned Officer in Charge of the Roosevelt DFAC. “It’s a lot of notoriety for the Troopers, it gets their names and faces out there. They made some excellent food and decorations.”

 

The cooks worked through the day and night to serve 654 meals to their Soldiers Contreras said. The Army cooks work hard for days so the rest of their battle buddies could have an enjoyable holiday.

 

“I’m always trying to take care of that one private who doesn’t have a choice of where to eat,” said Contreras. “The decorations and all are great but putting out a quality meal to those Troopers is, to me, the most important thing.”

 

Spc. Kenneth Carter, a cavalry scout from Longknife Squadron, was a long way from home when he enjoyed his dinner at the Roosevelt DFAC. Carter was unable to travel to Washington, D.C., for Thanksgiving. He thought the senior officers coming out and serving Soldiers made it feel like a family.

 

“Everything was excellent, especially the turkey and pie,” said Carter. “It’s nice that they will go out of their way to do this for Soldiers who don’t have a way home or don’t have any family here.”

 

The DFAC is not just a mess hall. The people behind the lines work hard to provide a good meal and give a pleasurable experience to Soldiers who are away from loved ones.

 

“When you can’t get home to see your family, it’s good to know you have a place to go that is trying to put on a good meal for you” said Contreras.