K Quad DFAC savors second-place finish

| April 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Ricardo Branch
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – Soldiers working in dining facilities often endure long hours to ensure that comrades have a good meal to keep them going throughout the day. 

It’s usually a thankless job, with little fanfare or accolades, but that isn’t the case for Soldiers working in the K Quad dining facility, here.

Sgt. Timothy Lewis, a food service specialist with the 84th Engineer Battalion, passes a helping of meatloaf to a Soldier during brunch, April 11, at the K Quad dining facility on Schofield Barracks. Lewis is one of many Soldiers who contributed to the dining facility taking second place in the Army-side Phillip A. Connelly award large dining facilty catagory in 2010.They are receiving some well-deserved recognition these days. Their efforts placed them second in the Large Garrison Dining Facilities category in the recent 2010 Phillip A. Connelly award competition.

Representatives from the K-Quad DFAC traveled to Reno, Nev., April 15, to meet with other winners and accept their award.

“I was shocked, amazed and really honored when I heard we won runner-up Army wide for the Connelly’s,” said Pfc. Oswaldo Cubilette, food service specialist, 84th Engineer Battalion. “I always knew we’d do well from having placed well the year prior, and because I did my best. But, second place was still a surprise for me.”

Named after the father of the armed forces food service program, the Phillip A. Connelly awards are a yearly competition that pits food service specialists against one another to determine who’s a cut above the rest. 

Soldiers are graded in a variety of categories, including cleanliness of their facility, courtesy of staff, and taste and texture of their food.

“When I first came here, I was new in the Army and fresh out of advanced individual training,” Cubilette said. “I fell under some good leadership, working under Sgt. 1st Class Muller (former dining facility manager). 

“He really pushed us hard, from the moment we arrived to the time we left in the evening,” Cubilette continued. “All that blood, sweat and tears really pay off when you take home a Connelly.”

Soldiers working at the DFAC faced stiff competition with approximately 150 individual large and small dining facilities vying for the awards.

“It takes a lot of work and planning months out to even compete in the Connelly’s,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Lambert, dining facility manager, 45th Sustainment Brigade. “When you want to compete, you get inspected six months out, and from there, you continue on by going by the regulations and enforcing the standard to ensure you prepare a good meal for the Soldiers.”

DFAC Soldiers practiced continuously in preparation for the judges’ entrance to the dining facility. 

“I was never worried at all when they showed up in December,” Cubilette said. “Our leadership told us to always be ready for when they came, so the day they showed up was just business as usual, except we had people watching us. I treated it like just a regular day.”

Staff Sgt. Joe Stephen, dining facility supervisor, 45th Sust. Bde., added, “If you win a Connelly, it distinguishes you among your peers. It lets everyone know that the troops in your facility are a different caliber of Soldier. They are above the rest, they take pride in what they do, and are superb Soldiers to work with.

“It’s an enjoyment for me to come here each day and work with the NCOs and junior enlisted,” Stephen added. “We’re all from different walks of life, and we’ve grown together as a team and family, teaching one another to become better at our jobs, and the Connellys are proof that we’re doing the right thing.”

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