While Fort Lee is currently hosting a major culinary arts competition, dining facilities on post have concluded their own for fiscal year 2007.
Categories for the Commanding General’s Best Dining Facility Awards included dining facility and manager, cook, food service worker and dining facility attendant.
Col. Gwen Bingham, Fort Lee garrison commander, recognized the winners on behalf of the commanding general.
“There are a lot of changes taking place on Fort Lee due to (Base Realignment and Closure) construction, but one thing remains the same…feeding Soldiers,” Bingham said.
“Today we want to thank you and recognize you for your excellence. You have done a superior job and we appreciate that.”
Col. Terence Hildner, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade commander, said to the awardees that they set the tone for the Soldiers every day.
“You are that oasis, that bit of tranquility that exists for Soldiers at the 23rd Brigade,” Hildner said.
Hildner mentioned how every advanced individual training Soldier writes him a letter upon their graduation.
“About half of them talk about the dining facility. You make an impact, let there be no mistake, the smile you give them, they treasure. They are all far from home and looking for a little bit of normalcy. I thank you for what you do.”
Best Dining Facility of the Year: 3024 Dining Facility, 23rd QM Brigade
1st runner-up: 3206 Dining Facility
2nd runner-up: 3118 Dining Facility
Best Dining Facility Manager of the Year: Eddie Bowman, 3024 Dining Facility
1st runner-up: Annette Tomes, 3206 Dining Facility
2nd runner-up: Delona Francis, 3118 Dining Facility
Installation Best Cook of the Year: Sgt. Candice Mason, 8400 Dining Facility
1st runner-up: Jeneil Whidbe, 3118 Dining Facility
2nd runner-up: James Richardson, 3024 Dining Facility
Installation Best Food Service Worker of the Year: Tara Hill, 3206 Dining Facility
Runner-up: Cassie Jackson, P-3206 Dining Facility
Installation Best Dining Facility Attendant of the Year: Sonja Smith, 8400 Dining Facility
Runner-up: Barry Thomas, 3206 Dining Facility