DFACs open to patrons on Thanksgiving

| November 17, 2011 | 2 Comments
Three dining facilities, here, as well as the Tripler Army Medical Center, welcome service members, families, retirees and authorized guests to Thanksgiving feasts, including traditional holiday favorites, such as roasted turkey and creamy mashed potatoes, as well as all the usual trimmings. (Courtesy Photo.)

Three dining facilities, here, as well as the Tripler Army Medical Center, welcome service members, families, retirees and authorized guests to Thanksgiving feasts, including traditional holiday favorites, such as roasted turkey and creamy mashed potatoes, as well as all the usual trimmings. (Courtesy Photo.)

Vanessa Lynch
News Editor

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Three dining facilities, here, as well as the Tripler Army Medical Center, are welcoming service members, families, retirees and authorized guests to Thanksgiving feasts.

The meals include traditional holiday favorites, such as roasted turkey, glazed baked ham and creamy mashed potatoes, as well as all the usual trimmings like candied sweet potatoes, cornbread dressing and pumpkin pie.

The three DFACS that will be open for Thanksgiving all have similar menu items, except for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, “Warrior Inn,” DFAC, and the 25th Combat Aviation Bde., 25th ID, “Wings of Lighting Inn” DFAC, which will be serving additional seafood items like lobster and crab legs.

Just prior to the meals, Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Williamson, senior enlisted leader, USAG-HI, will determine which DFAC wins the coveted “U.S. Army-Hawaii Best Decorated Dining Facility – Thanksgiving Day 2011.”

Scoring categories include facility theme, culinary arts display, use of decor packages, originality, degree of difficulty, command emphasis and overall appearance.

The annual competition is conducted to recognize the extraordinary efforts and culinary skills of all food service personnel who prepare and serve the Thanksgiving meal, according to Richard Francois, manager, Installation Food, Directorate of Logistics, USAG-HI.

The contest helps raise morale and promotes professionalism for all food service Soldiers, thus enhancing unit readiness and performance, he said.

A dress code applies for holiday meals at the DFAC. For civilians, dress is aloha crisp, which means a collared shirt. Open-toe shoes, shorts and T-shirts aren’t allowed. Military members can either dress aloha crisp or wear their Army service uniforms.

Although cooking up a Thanksgiving spread sends chills up the average cook’s spines every year, Sgt. 1st Class Floyd Dodwell, manager, 2nd BCT’s Warrior Inn DFAC, said he isn’t worried. Prep work for this quintessential American meal, he said, began in October.

“Thanksgiving is our most stressful time of the year, because living on an island, our patrons cannot just drive home to be with their families,” Dodwell said. “That is why we put forth our best effort to ensure we put out a meal as good as their mothers’ or grandmothers’ make.”

 

Meal information

For more information, call the Food Program Management Office, 655-8799/8797.

 

DFAC meal hours

•45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, DFAC

K Quad, Building 780, Schofield Barracks

Breakfast: 7-8 a.m.

Thanksgiving meal: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dinner: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

 

•2nd BCT, 25th ID, “Warrior Inn,” DFAC

Building 2085, Schofield Barracks

Breakfast: 7-8 a.m.

Thanksgiving meal: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dinner: Closed

 

•25th CAB, 25th ID, “Wings of Lighting Inn,” DFAC

Building 107, Wheeler Army Airfield

Breakfast: 7-8 a.m.

Thanksgiving meal: Noon-3 p.m.

Dinner: Closed

 

Thanksgiving menu

Cranberry-apple juice

Shrimp cocktail with seafood sauce

Vegetable beef soup

Savory croutons

Roast turkey

Glazed ham with pineapple and clove sauce

Steamship round of beef

Kalua pig

Southern fried catfish

Cornish game hens

French fried shrimp

Traditional mashed potatoes

Baked macaroni and cheese

Steamed white rice

Savory bread dressing

Cornbread dressing

Glazed sweet potatoes

Lyonnais green beans

Honey roasted carrots

Seasoned broccoli

Collard greens

Giblet, brown and au jus gravies

Salad bar with assorted salad dressings

Cranberry sauce

Assorted seasonal fresh fruits

Cornbread and butterflake rolls

Assorted whole grain dark breads with butter pats

Dessert bar with pumpkin, apple and sweet potato pies

Holiday decorated cake

 

Meal costs

•Meal card holders: No charge

•Family members of specialist/corporal (E-4) and below: $5.95

•Family members of sergeant (E-5) and above: $7

•Officers and enlisted on basic allowance for subsistence: $7

•Retirees and authorized civilians: $7

•Guests of accompanied authorized diners: $7

 

TAMC Thanksgiving meal

The Nutrition Care Division welcomes TAMC patrons to a Thanksgiving meal, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Nov. 24. Cost is $7 per person and $5.95 for family members of specialist/corporal (E-4) and below. The “Grab ‘n Go” and short order line will be closed. Breakfast service stops at 8 a.m.

 

TAMC menu

Shrimp cocktail

Lobster bisque

Roast turkey with giblet gravy

Prime rib with au jus

Garlic mashed potatoes

Savory bread dressing

Sweet potato casserole

Steamed rice

Assorted dinner rolls

Green bean casserole

Ginger glazed baby carrots

Pumpkin, apple and pecan pies

 

Free Thanksgiving shuttle bus

Active duty Soldiers and family members can ride a free shuttle bus, Nov. 24, from Building 525, Fort Shafter, to Schofield Barracks’ K Quad DFAC and back.

Youth under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. A valid military ID card is required. Call 227-3146 or 656-4963 to reserve your seat.

Thanksgiving shuttle routes and schedules follow:

•Round trip 1:

10:30 a.m.: Pick up at Building 525, Fort Shafter.

11:15 a.m.: Arrive at K Quad DFAC, Schofield Barracks.

11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Dining period.

On or around 12:45 p.m.: Depart Schofield Barracks.

On or around 1:30 p.m.: Arrive Fort Shafter.

•Round trip 2

Noon: Pick up at Building 525, Fort Shafter.

12:45 p.m.: Arrive at K Quad DFAC, Schofield Barracks

12:45 p.m.-2:25 p.m.: Dining period.

On or around 2:15 pm.: Depart Schofield Barracks.

On or around 3 p.m.: Arrive Fort Shafter.

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