Behind the scenes Soldiers shine in the spotlight

| July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
The 8th TSC joint culinary arts team is recognized, July 2, at the Nehelani, for winning the Installation of the Year Award at the 2015 Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training event, the largest American Culinary Federation Culinary Arts competition in North America. The runner-up Philip A. Connelly Award for outstanding performance was also presented.

The 8th TSC joint culinary arts team is recognized, July 2, at the Nehelani, for winning the Installation of the Year Award at the 2015 Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training event, the largest American Culinary Federation Culinary Arts competition in North America. The runner-up Philip A. Connelly Award for outstanding performance was also presented.

 

Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Howell
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Napoleon Bonaparte said, “An Army runs on its stomach.”

That’s why it’s important to recognize the accomplishments of those Soldiers behind the scenes who fuel our Soldiers.

For the second time, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command Food Service Recognition Dinner was held at Nehelani, here, July 2.

During the celebration, which 8th TSC intends to hold annually, more than 30 individuals were recognized for their selfless and above-par contributions to their units and the Army while serving as members of the U.S. Quartermaster Corps.

“Indeed, this is a year of excellence, where the men and women in our military food service occupational specialty have turned cooking into an art form,” said Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III, commander, 8th TSC. “You only have to flip a few channels these days, in either direction on the television, to see how food, how cooking and how chefs have permeated our daily culture … who knew? It used to be that everyone wanted to be infantry. Now, everyone wants to be a chef. “

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicole L. Howell, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs  The 8th Theater Sustainment Command hosts the 2nd Annual 8th TSC Food Service Recognition Dinner at the Nehalani on July 2. The dinner recognized the exemplary work performed by the command’s food-service personnel.

The second 8th TSC Food Service Recognition Dinner at the Nehalani, July 2, recognized the exemplary work performed by the command’s food-service personnel.

The first group of individuals recognized were those who were being inducted into the Order of Saint Martin. They, along with others in the Quartermaster Corps, received this prestigious award because of their selfless dedication and professional competence. Twenty-five Soldiers, ranking from staff sergeant to captain, stood before a group of their seniors, peers and subordinates while receiving their medals. Three of them were inducted into the Distinguished Order of Saint Martin.

Following the induction, the joint culinary arts team that competed in the 2015 Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event (otherwise known in the industry as the largest American Culinary Federation Culinary Arts Competition in North America) was recognized for its hard work and dedication.

“The team began training back in September, working long hours with certified executive chefs to perfect the products they presented at Fort Lee, Virginia,” said Master Sgt. Adriana Ybarra, the culinary arts senior noncommissioned officer. “This competition had 329 competitors across 23 installations with multiple services participating. Overall, Team Hawaii placed first in the installation of the year award.”

Another significant award presentation was the Philip A. Connelly runner-up award to the 25th Sust. Brigade, 25th ID (then designated the 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC), for its outstanding diligence and motivation competing in the 47th Annual Philip A. Connelly Garrison Competition.

“A wealth of knowledge was gained by the entire dining facility staff from this experience, and it will leave a lasting impression and impact on future of the 92G (food service specialists) participating in this event,” said Sgt. 1st Class Lynette Elmore, dining facility manager for the sustainment bistro. “In recognition of our runner-up accomplishments, and essentially being crowned the second best dining facility Army worldwide, the Department of the Army and the National Restaurants Association has awarded us this plaque.”

Other individuals awarded for their outstanding service were the 8th TSC chef and food service civilian of the year, and those who helped with the Thanksgiving meal.

“So here we are,” said Dorman. “We find ourselves together to celebrate your accomplishments, your year of excellence, and your continuously and consistent outstanding work.

“It takes commitment of excellence to produce a year of excellence and tonight becomes your legacy,” he said.

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicole L. Howell, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs  The 25th Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, formerly known as the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, was awarded the runners-up plaque for its outstanding diligence and motivation while competing in the 47th Annual Philip A. Connelly Garrison Competition, July 2 at the Nehelani. The Connelly award was designed to encourage professionalism in Army food service.

The 25th Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, formerly known as the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, was awarded the runners-up plaque for its outstanding diligence and motivation while competing in the 47th Annual Philip A. Connelly Garrison Competition, July 2 at the Nehelani. The Connelly award was designed to encourage professionalism in Army food service.

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