Currahee DFAC earns Best Mess Award
July 31, 2012
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-The 4th Brigade Combat Team Dining Facility was awarded
the 101st Airborne Division Commanding General's Best Dining Facility or "Best
Mess" of the Quarter by Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, July 20, 2012 at Fort
"This is an example of Currahee Soldiers doing their best and exceeding the
standards every day to take care of their fellow Currahee," said Col. Val C.
Keaveny, Jr., the commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne
Divison. "I couldn't be prouder of our food service team, their commitment and
The dining facilities on the entire installation are inspected and graded on criteria
to include food preparation, food safety, customer service and cleanliness of each
"Whichever dining facility receives the highest score for the quarter, receives the
award," explains Sgt. 1st Class Cassandra Carter, the 4th Brigade Combat Team
Dining Facility manager from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 801st
Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Bde., 101st Abn. Div.
"They check to make sure we are upholding proper standards on shift and that we
are training the Soldiers while cooking," said Sgt. Tim Hunnicutt, a food service
specialist and noncommissioned officer overseeing meat products during the shift
in which the inspection occurred. "They even check our paperwork, like our recipe
cards and our production schedules."
Though receiving the news of their accomplishment was exciting, the dining facility
staff understand that great rewards come from hard work.
"This for us is like winning a marathon or a championship basketball game," said
Carter. "Shows Soldiers that their handwork has not gone unnoticed. This
achievement is a pure display of Soldiers in action."
"We work long hours, so it is good for Soldiers to hear they have won because of
their hard work," said Hunnicutt.
"It was an honor to be part of putting the Currahees' bright star back on the map,"
said Carter. "Now we are striving, using our drive to push on, to keep our DFAC in
the running for the award again next quarter."
Receiving this award is a high point for the Currahee DFAC because it is their first
time earning the award since redeploying from Afghanistan.
"This is a good feeling to have again before we deploy," shares Hunnicutt. "This is
The first time we have won since we have been back. It is great to be back in that
The brigade redeployed to Fort Campbell from a year long deployment to Paktika
Province, Afghanistan in Aug 2011.