8th TSC holds inaugural food service recognition dinner

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Master Sgt. Robin Propes (right), senior food operations management noncommissioned officer, 45th Sust. Bde., receives the Honorable Order of Saint Martin from Col. Bernard Warrington Jr., assistant chief of staff for logistics, 8th TSC. The award was established in 1997 to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the Quartermaster Corps. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Master Sgt. Robin Propes (right), senior food operations management noncommissioned officer, 45th Sust. Bde., receives the Honorable Order of Saint Martin from Col. Bernard Warrington Jr., assistant chief of staff for logistics, 8th TSC. The award was established in 1997 to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the Quartermaster Corps. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Overlooked warriors honored with event

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

FORT SHAFTER — Behind the scenes of any successful organization are groups of supporting personnel working tirelessly to ensure its overall success.

Perhaps, however, no Soldiers are as overlooked as the food service specialists behind the scenes.

FORT SHAFTER — Pfc. Deanna Walker, food service specialist, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, is awarded the Army Commendation Medal for earning the award for 8th TSC Food Service Soldier/Chef of the Quarter, 2nd quarter, fiscal year 2014, during the 8th TSC’s inaugural 8th TSC Food Service Recognition Dinner at the Hale Ikena, here, July 3. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

FORT SHAFTER — Pfc. Deanna Walker, food service specialist, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, is awarded the Army Commendation Medal for earning the award for 8th TSC Food Service Soldier/Chef of the Quarter, 2nd quarter, fiscal year 2014, during the 8th TSC’s inaugural 8th TSC Food Service Recognition Dinner at the Hale Ikena, here, July 3. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Some would argue this aspect is a testament to their hard work, professionalism, consistency and reliability. Troops are fed three times daily, on time, year-round. This is the norm, the expected.

Consistently exceptional standards and reliability that turn into “the norm/expected,” over time, can be taken for granted and overlooked. To remedy that, the inaugural 8th Theater Sustainment Command Food Service Recognition Dinner was held at the Hale Ikena, July 3, to ensure, for one night at least, that the spotlight shines on the hardworking food service specialists within the ranks.

“We wanted to set aside one night where it was all about the Soldiers, all about that cook who wakes up at 3 a.m. to prepare Soldiers’ breakfasts and doesn’t leave the dining facility until 7:30 p.m. after serving dinner and cleaning up the kitchen,” said Sgt. 1st Class Mac Arthur Ocampo, rations noncommissioned officer in charge, 8th TSC Consolidated Dining Facility, and one of the event coordinators.

“It sometimes can be a thankless job,” Ocampo said. “We just wanted to let them know that we do appreciate the work that they do, and all the hard work that they do in order to fuel the Soldiers.”

The night of great food, great music and a regal atmosphere was spent serving those who serve the units, along with their family members.

FORT SHAFTER — Col. Bernard Warrington Jr. (left), assistant chief of staff for logistics, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, walks toward Master Sgt. Robin Propes, senior food operations management noncommissioned officer, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th TSC, to present her with the Honorable Order of Saint Martin during the 8th TSC’s inaugural Food Service Recognition Dinner, held at the Hale Ikena, here, July 3. The Honorable Order of Saint Martin was established in 1997 to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the Quartermaster Corps. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

FORT SHAFTER — Col. Bernard Warrington Jr. (left), assistant chief of staff for logistics, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, walks toward Master Sgt. Robin Propes, senior food operations management noncommissioned officer, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th TSC, to present her with the Honorable Order of Saint Martin during the 8th TSC’s inaugural Food Service Recognition Dinner, held at the Hale Ikena, here, July 3. The Honorable Order of Saint Martin was established in 1997 to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the Quartermaster Corps. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Hosting the inaugural dinner was Col. Bernard Warrington Jr., assistant chief of staff for logistics, joined by Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Tobin, senior enlisted adviser, both with 8th TSC.

The guest speaker for the evening was Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Morgan, senior enlisted advisor, 45th Special Troops Battalion, 45th Sust. Brigade, 8th TSC.

“It was a great honor to have Command Sgt. Maj. Morgan as the guest speaker; he is very near and dear to our hearts because he is a food service specialist. A lot of people forget that 92Gs not only work in the kitchen, but that they can become first sergeants, sergeants major and command sergeants major.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Morgan has definitely set the bar high for us and serves as our role model,” said Ocampo.

Throughout the evening, the emphasis was placed on recognition of the food service specialists with videos, speeches, presentations and awards. One award recipient was Pfc. Deanna Walker, food service specialist, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th TSC.

Walker shared her thoughts on the evening after being awarded the Army Commendation Medal for being the 2014 (fiscal year 2nd quarter) 8th TSC Food Service Soldier/Chef of the Quarter.

“It was definitely surprising; I didn’t expect all of this. This really is a boost for morale,” said Walker. “You work hard all the time, and your mindset is ‘I don’t need recognition. I am doing this because I enjoy it, and this is my job.’ But then you get some recognition like this; you just have so much pride in yourself.”

Walker continued, “I thought maybe one or two Soldiers would get recognized tonight, but I saw a whole table full of Soldiers get recognized and that really is motivational. This is a great change of pace. We’re used to working behind the scenes. We don’t need this recognition. We do it because it’s our jobs, and we love what we do.”

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