FORT HOOD — Nearly 6,000 soldiers and their families were able to relax and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of the post’s dining facilities.
Sgt. Elving Ellis, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, said he appreciates the annual feast, because it gives soldiers the opportunity to spend the day with their families.
“It’s a chance for some of the soldiers to have their families come and visit them,” he said. “The food is already prepared, and it’s easy to entertain our families and have a good meal.”
Ellis enjoyed Thanksgiving with the company of his grandparents, Don and Jackie Graham, who traveled to Fort Hood from San Antonio.
“I think this is absolutely amazing,” Jackie Graham said. “This is beyond what I was expecting. Everything is so great that I think we are going to do this every year now.”
A way to thank soldiers
Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, 1st Cavalry Division commander and senior post commander, said the event is a “great opportunity for the Army to thank our soldiers.”
“Food service personnel across the division and across Fort Hood have put in many hours to ensure that our soldiers get a great meal far away from home on Thanksgiving Day,” he said. “It’s super sitting around a table sharing a meal together, talking about what’s important to them in their lives and being with family and friends. It’s what makes it great. It’s what makes our country great, and it’s what makes serving here at Fort Hood such a great thing.”
Six of Fort Hood’s dining facilities battled it out for the third annual III Corps Commander’s Best competition. Each dining facility was judged based on its appearance, food service operations and food service personnel.
Operation Iraqi Freedom Dining Facility, decorated in traditional fall fashion, snagged first place and was awarded a trophy.
Bryan Day, III Corps representative; Cloise Graves, Fort Hood representative; and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Desma Jones, the 1st Cavalry Division food adviser, were the competition judges.
The three visited each facility during the lunch time meal service.