For Annette Tomes, running a successful and award-winning dining facility is simple: take care of Soldiers and everything else will take care of itself.
“I really appreciate working with Soldiers,” said Tomes, a veteran of 26 years in food service. “I look at Soldiers as though I’m one of them, and I really care about their mission, so I do everything within my powers to make sure they have a great facility and great food.”
That commitment to Soldiers and their mission earned Tomes the title of Best Dining Facility Manager for the last quarter of 2007. The award was one of several presented during the quarterly Commanding General’s Two Star Best Awards presentation held Dec. 5 at the building 3206 dining facility.
Garrison Commander Col. Gwen Bingham, Deputy to the Garrison Commander Esther Lee and Installation Food Program Manager Johnnie Durant were on hand to present the awards.
They were joined by Lt. Col. José Muniz, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade executive officer; Command Sgt. Maj. Carlton Branch, 23rd QM Bde. command sergeant major; and representatives of the dining facilities’ contract agency.
The presentation is held quarterly to honor the best performers in a number of categories amongst the installation’s five dining facilities.
Tomes, who has earned the best manager award at least four times, also accepted the best dining facility award for her operation located in building 3206. She said after the presentation that both awards can be attributed to a hardworking staff.
“I’m thankful I have such a great staff behind me to support the mission for Soldiers,” she said. “They do an outstanding job, and I try to give them what they need to do a great job.”
Sgt. Candice Mason, a food service specialist with the 49th QM Group dining facility, was named the installation’s best cook. She was thankful and said Soldiers in the food service military occupational specialty of 92G could use more recognition.
“It feels great,” said Mason, “because it’s an appreciation for what 92 Golfs do. We don’t get a lot of recognition for what we do and the ceremony makes you feel appreciated.”
In the other categories of the competition, Sonja Smith of building 8400 earned honors as the best dining facility attendant, and Cassie Jackson, building 3206, won the best food service worker title.
The fourth quarter winners will automatically be entered in the year-end competition. The awards presentation for that event is scheduled for today.