New DFAC at 3rd BCT now open for business

| October 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Spc. Hillary Rustine
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

Col. Richard Kim (center right), commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID; Pvt. 2 Devin Cooper, 3rd BSTB, 3rd BCT (middle); Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Spano (center left), command sergeant major, 3rd BCT —flanked by Pvt. 2 Lafayette Lucky (left) and Pvt. 2 Heavenly Redding, both of 3rd BSTB, 3rd BCT — cut the ribbon on the new DFAC.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — With just a few snips of the ribbon from Col. Richard Kim, commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division; Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Spano, command sergeant major, 3rd BCT; and Pvt. Devin Cooper, 3rd Bde. Special Troops Battalion, 3rd BCT, the new dining facility was open for business, here, Friday.

The DFAC is dubbed the Bronco Café and is located in C-Quad.

The dining facility moved from F-Quad to C-Quad because of size constraints and the lack of available food service equipment in the older facility.

“It took 30 days to get up and running,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tomeki Sanders, outgoing chief warrant officer in charge of the dining facility, 3rd BSTB, 3rd BCT, about the move. “It was a very aggressively planned, but it was a team effort.”

The choice to move to the newly renovated space was an easy one, considering gains for the food service specialists, Soldiers and quality of food. The newly renovated dining facility has more room and better equipment to accommodate the Soldiers of the brigade.

“We gained 150-200 square feet of (additional) preparation and storage space,” said Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Brown, 3rd BSTB, 3rd  BCT.

Although the move to the Bronco Café was quick and tough, Soldiers and brigade leadership were more than happy to visit the facility for the grand opening and to show their appreciation for the hard work, which made the reopening of the Bronco Café a success.

“The (grand) reopening was very well put together and much needed,” Spano said. “The facilities have been renovated and upgraded to provide a better work environment for our Bronco chefs, and provide a better facility for the Soldiers, civilians and families of the Bronco Bde.”

“We want our Soldiers to have (a) finer dining (experience) and the (food service specialists) to have a better place to prepare better meals (in),” said Chief Warrant Officer Leethornya Deal, incoming chief warrant officer of the new dining facility, 3rd BSTB, 3rd BCT.

The facility’s first meal in the new facility was served in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The DFAC was decorated with bright colors, and a disc jockey played saucy dance music as diners began to filter in to the new facility. The facility gleamed, as 3rd BCT Soldiers moved through ample choices of authentic Hispanic food, salads and desserts.

“Tying this reopening with the celebration for the Hispanic Heritage (Month) was not originally planned, but it could not have worked out any better,” Spano added. “The chefs did a fantastic job preparing this healthy and delicious menu that gives all the Soldiers a taste of the Hispanic heritage. They …  showed us all that they have the heart and culinary skills to support the brigade … while we are deployed.”

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