By Jim CunninghamJuly 16, 2009
CAMP HOVEY South Korea - The United States Army Garrison - Red Cloud food service team selected Delta Company, 302nd Brigade Support Battalion dining facility June 17 to receive the 8th Army Phillip A. Connelly Award and go into Army competition for the all Army Connelly award. Casey Main Dining Facility was selected for the Dining Facility of the Quarter in Area I. The Delta Company, 302nd BSB dining facility (Sports CafAfA) will represent Red Cloud garrison and the 2nd Infantry Division for the Department of the Army level Phillip A. Connelly Award in the large dining facility category to be judged Dec. 10 - 15.
"Dining facilities were selected by competition and evaluations made by the garrison food service team to compete with all the Army dining facilities on the peninsula," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jeffery Harley, USAG-Red Cloud deputy food program manager. "The 302nd BSB DFAC won three competitions at that point. Now they have won the 8th Army level competition, and will go on to represent us in the large category for the Department of the Army level in December."
Dining facilities compete in five different areas for the privilege to represent their leaders in the Connelly: effective administration, food preparation, food service, culinary arts skills, and area beautification and dAfAcor.
"Out of those five categories, the 302nd BSB DEFAC had the highest scores," Harley said. "They demonstrated the best culinary arts skills, best administration, and best team effort."
Harley and the Directorate of Logistics Food Management team made sure the Area I DFACs had all they needed to compete from the beginning of the competition, including dAfAcor and beautification packages. Making sure the extensive paperwork was properly filed for the DFACs was Warrant Officer Wondra Williams.
"One of the things that is unusual to this facility is they have a movie night," Harley said. "They show movies on certain nights of the week, and soon they will have an internet cafAfA. This is one reason this DFAC is so unique."
Although movie nights and internet cafes did not help them achieve the award from the 8th Army, the team spirit and the attitudes they hold in serving Soldiers does show their determination to achieve excellence in food service, Harley said.
"The 302nd's dAfAcor in their dining facility and the way they go about their daily activities and duties was unusual," Harley said. "They have more obligations and serve an average of more than 450 Soldiers each meal on a daily basis. Being able to do this and do it on the level it takes to win the Connelly is a tribute to their ingenuity and leadership."