Thanksgiving is a time for Families and friends to come together and give thanks for all they have before digging into a holiday feast.
The Army Family is no different. Each year dining facilities celebrate Thanksgiving with a special meal.
This year, the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade’s Pegasus Inn Dining Facility, is already hard at work planning its own Thanksgiving feast that will be served to Soldiers at Fort Bragg during the lunch service, Nov. 26.
“We start ordering all the food we need about 30 days out, but our planning begins months in advance,” said Sgt. 1st Class Robert Archer, Pegasus Inn facility manager. As the big day draws near, schedules are created and teams are set up.
“We have set up shifts and each team is assigned a specific duty because we will start cooking the night before,” Archer said. “It takes a lot of work and motivation.”
For the dining facility, the Thanksgiving meal is a tradition that involves slow cooking turkey and ham, along with preparing numerous other tasty dishes. The meal also allows the cooks to show off their skills by creating gingerbread houses, fancy cakes and ice sculptures.
“For us, it’s a celebration. We do everything from the set up to the garnish,” said Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Nutt, 82nd CAB food service noncommissioned officer. “It gives the troopers a chance to showcase their talent and creativity, which they don’t get to normally do on a day-to-day basis.”
The cooks are not the only ones involved in the holiday meal. For the chain of command, Thanksgiving is a big deal as well.
For Capt. Ben McDaniel, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82nd CAB commander, this will be his first time serving the Thanksgiving meal to his troopers.
“It’s always important for us as leaders to remind ourselves that we are here to serve,” McDaniel said.
The Pegasus Inn DFAC is proud to have their chain of command involved with the meal.
“We all put a lot of work into this and to have the command teams here, makes us all feel good,” said Spc. Zachery Uptain, 82nd CAB food service specialist. “It reminds the Soldiers that we are one big Family, especially since some of them may not be able to join their own Families for the holiday.”
Tuesday: Fort Bragg dining facilities serving schedule:
Logistical Support Area, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Warrior Transition Battalion, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3rd Special Forces Group, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Joint Special Operations Command Eatery, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday: Fort Bragg dining facilities serving schedule:
525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
18th Fires Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday: Fort Bragg dining facilities serving schedule:
Camp Mackall, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Womack Army Medical Center, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.