CAMP CASEY -- The Casey Main dining facility, also known as the Oriental Garden, has won top Army-wide honors as the best dining hall of its kind in the entire U.S. Army.

It's won a coveted 2013 Phillip A. Connelly Award for Excellence in Army Food Service in the civilian category, meaning a facility staffed and run by civilians rather than Soldiers.

The Connelly awards program looks for excellence in the preparation and serving of food in Army dining facilities and aims to foster professionalism among Army food service personnel. It operates out of Fort Lee, Va.

It's a high-prestige award within the world of Army food service.

Although it was the third year in a row Casey Main won some type of Connelly recognition, it had narrowly missed the top award.

It was a 2012 Connelly runner-up for the top, worldwide award.

And in 2011 it won a Korea-wide Connelly.

"This is the first time that we've won it worldwide in 21 years," said Sgt. 1st Class Donat Brown, food program sergeant-in-charge.

"We can all be proud that the Army has recognized the Casey Main Dining Facility as the best of its kind in the entire Army, worldwide," said Lt. Col. Steven G. Finley, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Casey.

"But what this good news reflects even more is the fact that Casey Main provides our Soldiers with award-winning dining service not just during awards season but day after day, every day, all year long," Finley said.