HHBN DFAC wins 25th ID Connelly

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
Spc. Rena Adonis (right), food service specialist, HHBN, 25th ID, serves breakfast to Soldiers at the 25th ID field feeding site on Schofield Barracks, July 17.

Spc. Rena Adonis (right), food service specialist, HHBN, 25th ID, serves breakfast to Soldiers at the 25th ID field feeding site on Schofield Barracks, July 17.

Story and photo by
Sfc. Krishna Gamble
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division Dining Facility was awarded the 25th ID Philip A. Connelly Field Feeding Award, July 18.

“This was their first time participating in this event, and it was very difficult, especially coming off a deployment and the challenges of equipment reset and Soldiers PCSing in and out. I am very proud of what they did,” said Sgt. 1st Class Edwin Ezell, senior food services advisor, HHBN, 25th ID.

The Philip A. Connelly competition is an annual event that recognizes excellence in food service in Army dining facilities and field kitchen operations.

HHBN, 25th ID DFAC Soldiers set up a field feeding site at the 25th ID Non-Commissioned Officer Academy field site, here, to showcase their ability to feed Soldiers in any environment, May 17-July 17.

“Soldiers see us in the DFAC and say ‘They are just cooks,’ but we can do more than that,” said Spc. Rena Adonis, food service specialist, HHBN, 25th ID.

“We set this up without any help,” Adonis added.

The field feeding requirements for the competition were to set up a standard field site with fighting positions, natural cover, security and the capacity to feed 50 Soldiers.

“This is the food service specialists’ biggest competition,” Ezell said. “This is our event, equivalent to the expert infantry badge or expert field medical badge. This is what we do; this is our competition to see who is the best of the best in the Army.”

“(Feeding) the Soldier is a remarkable job,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brock Sanders, food service technician, HHBN, 25th ID.

“This is a great training opportunity for the Soldiers, and we intend to bring the win back to Hawaii,” Sanders said.

HHBN, 25th ID, will now complete against all U.S. Army-Pacific teams in the field feeding competition in hopes to represent USARPAC at the Department of the Army competition in the fall.

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