Eighth Army recognizes food service excellence
November 1, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The 2012 Eighth Army Phillip A. Connelly Award Ceremony was held here in the Eighth Army headquarters Oct. 24.
Soldiers and civilians from all over the Korean Peninsula gathered on Yongsan for the ceremony.
Commemorating 45th anniversary of the award next year, Philip A. Connelly Award was established on March 23, 1968. The program is named in honor of Philip A. Connelly, former president of the International Food Service Executives Association.
The objective of the award program is to recognize excellence in U.S. Army Food Service.
Eighth Army Deputy Commanding General for Operations Maj. Gen. Walter M. Golden and Col. Michael C. Lopez, commander of 403rd Army Field Support Brigade, attended the ceremony.
Two categories were recognized: a category for the military food service personnel and a category for the civilian food service personnel. During the ceremony, 21 Soldiers and 17 civilians took to the stage to accept awards.
Victory went to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command on Camp Walker in Daegu.
Staff Sgt. John Williams, HHC, 19th ESC food operations management noncommissioned officer, said, "We've got full service excellence. I believe in everything our guys do, and we always do our best work whatever we do, providing nutritional meal to Soldiers."
The Headquarters Support Company, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud won the runner-up award in the military category.
The personnel at Casey Main, Camp Casey, were the civilian category winners.
One of the winners of the military category award, Pvt. Danny O. Daniels, a Soldier from the 168th Battalion, 75th Medical Company, said, "Everybody in the D-FAC [dining facility] worked as one unit."
This award ceremony was held for the Eighth Army level winners, and those winners will compete again at the Department of the Army level competition in Dallas, Texas.
"I'm nervous, but at the same time I'm really excited," said Daniels. "I think we can win it, honestly. I think we can take this whole thing home because everybody on our team has the same goal. We'll keep our head up and stay strong. I'll see everybody in Dallas."