<b><i>Dining facilities keep tradition alive with feast </i></b>

SCHOFIELDAca,!E+BARRACKS, Hawaii - Three dining facilities (DFACs) on Oahu are welcoming service members, their families, retirees and authorized guests of patrons to their Christmas feast.

The meals include traditional holiday favorites, such as glazed baked ham, roast turkey, mashed potatoes and eggnog.

According to Ron Bate, food program manager, Directorate of Logistics, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, hosting Christmas dinner in the DFAC is a long standing tradition.

"Participation has dwindled somewhat in the mainland, (but the) commands here remain vigilant in recognizing that this is a time of year when family and friends come together to celebrate the season and to ensure what those far from their loved ones are remembered and offered a pleasant place to dine,"Aca,!E+Bate said.

The DFACAca,!E+management understands the importance of the holiday tradition and providing a 'home-away-from-home' for Soldiers, their families and retirees, and finds many guests appreciate the gesture.

"We still have many retirees and their families join us in the DFACs as they recall the 'old days' when everyone showed up at the DFAC for traditional Christmas meal," Bate said. "I think for them it is a time of remembrance and also a way to help keep the tradition alive.

"Where else can you get a Christmas meal with so much food for just $7'"

DFACs open for Christmas dinner include the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team "Warrior Inn," in Building 2085, Schofield Barracks; the 45th Sustainment Brigade Consolidated DFAC "K-Quad," in Building 780, Schofield Barracks; and the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team "F-Quad," in Building 650, Schofield Barracks.

<b>Meal prices are as follows:</b>
Aca,!Ac Meal cardholders: No charge
Aca,!Ac Family and guests of E-4 and below: $5.95
Aca,!Ac E-4 and below: $7
Aca,!Ac E-5 and above, family, guests: $7
Aca,!Ac Officers and enlisted on BAS: $7
Aca,!Ac Retirees, authorized civilians: $7

<b>Meal Hours</b>
Aca,!AcK-Quad, Building 780
Schofield Barracks
45th Sustainment Brigade
Holiday meal served Dec. 23.
Breakfast: 7-8 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner: Closed
Contact: Sgt. 1st Class Petie Miller, 808-655-6315

Aca,!AcWarrior Inn, Building 2085
Schofield Barracks
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
Holiday meal served Dec. 23.
Breakfast: 7-8 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner: Closed
Contact: Sgt. 1st Class Derek Smith, 808-655-1062

Aca,!AcF-Quad, Building 650
Schofield Barracks
3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team
Holiday meal served Dec. 25.
Breakfast: 7-8 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Contact: Mr. Norman Lopes, 808-655-4833

<i>(Editor's Note: The the U.S. Army-Pacific DFAC, in Building 503B, Fort Shafter, held its holiday dinner Dec. 16.)</i>

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