☷Flavorful food friendship fine feelings abound during Hohenfels Thanksgiving feast
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Col . Kevin A . Poole , second from right , U . S . Army Garrison Bavaria commander , and Patrick Rothbauer , right , Hohenfels garrison manager , serve food to community members Nov . 22 , 2022 at the Warrior Sports Café , the consolidated dining facility for Joint Multinational Readiness Center and Hohenfels Army community . ( U . S . Army photo by Bryan Gatchell , USAG Bavaria Public Affairs ) Patrick Rothbauer , Hohenfels garrison manager , serves a dinner roll to a young diner during the Thanksgiving luncheon Nov . 22 at the Warrior Sports C......afé , the consolidated dining facility for the Joint Multinational Readiness Center and the Hohenfels Army community . ( U . S . Army photo by Bryan Gatchell , USAG Bavaria Public Affairs Timothy Haskill , acting manager of the Warrior Sports Café , the consolidated dining facility for the Hohenfels Army community , talks to listeners of Armed Forces Network Bavaria Nov . 22 . The Warrior Sports Café held its Thanksgiving luncheon and served 927 customers , three diners shy of its standing record of 930 during the previous year ' s Thanksgiving meal . ( U . S . Army photo by Bryan Gatchell , USAG Bavaria Public Affairs ) JOINT MULTINATIONAL READINESS CENTER , Germany – Service members , civilians and Families gathered in the chilly autumn air to enjoy the figurative cornucopia offered as part of the Warrior Sports Café’s Thanksgiving luncheon Nov . 22 . Leadership from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center; U . S . Army Garrison Bavaria; 1st Battalion , 4th Infantry Regiment; and U . S . Army Health Clinic Hohenfels stood with serving utensils in hand to dole out helpings of turkey , gravy , potatoes and more to hungry community members . The leaders dressed in their service uniforms or suit and tie , talked with the service members , civilians , spouses and their young children , asking which foods they wanted and how much they wanted on their plates . “This is a longstanding Army tradition , where one time a year – Thanksgiving – the leaders , we get dressed up to show how much we care , ” said Col . Kevin A . Poole , commander of USAG Bavaria . “It is a symbol of why we exist as leaders: to ultimately serve those that we lead . ” After serving the initial onrush of diners , the first group of leaders handed off tongs , ladles , knives and carving forks to leaders with the headquarters and headquarters companies of both 1 - 4 Inf . Regt . and the JMRC Operations Group . Poole , garrison Command Sgt . Maj . Sebastian A . Camacho , Hohenfels garrison manager Patrick J . Rothbauer , and JMRC leadership greeted Gold Star Family members and local Bürgermeisters ( mayors ) from neighboring communities as they all broke bread together . “Building our host nation partnerships is very important , ” said Poole . “Critical to that is inviting them in to where we live and showing them some of our customs and traditions , and Thanksgiving being one of the biggest ones for us that they don’t necessarily celebrate in Germany . ” This was the second Thanksgiving Christian Graf , Bürgermeister from Markt Hohenfels , had taken part of . “I’m happy to be here with all the guys I know , ” said Graf . “It’s a good day when we can meet not only here on post , it’s good when we can meet off post . ” The mayors and other guests ate the traditional Thanksgiving turkey , and they also had portions of braised duck , buttery lobster tail , honey - glazed baked ham , and steamship round of beef . Diners picked up broccoli with cheese sauce , corn on the cob , Southern style greens , green beans casserole , cornbread muffins , candied sweet potatoes , mashed potatoes , baked macaroni and cheese , cornbread dressing and savory bread dressing . A variety of pies , cookies , carrot cup cakes with cream cheese frosting , and cheesecake with strawberry topping awaited diners as dessert . Timothy Haskill , acting manager of the Warrior Sports Café , said that of the 52 turkeys , 60 ducks , 120 pounds of lobster , 150 pounds of ham , 130 pounds of beef and more , the meat prepared by the staff weighed in at three quarters of a standard ton . The dining facility served 927 customers , a figure three shy of their standing record of 930 customers , made Thanksgiving 2021 . Haskill added one further anecdotal figure: “I didn’t see one dissatisfied customer , ” he said . The DFAC team began planning for Thanksgiving in February , when they were working out how much food to order . Given how rarely the DFAC serves duck – only twice a year – it was popular and one of the only entrées to run out . The team also ran into trouble when one of their ovens went out of service . Haskill attributed the success of the DFAC during its busiest day of the year to the experience and professionalism of the staff . “They knocked it out of the park because they do that every day , ” said Haskill . “Thanksgiving they just get to show how awesome they truly are , they put the effort in . ” The event was also a success from the diners’ perspective as well . “The lobster was pretty good , ” said Sgt . Joana Herrera , JMRC , who attended the event with one of her coworkers . “I had some of the turkey , the magic peas , and the green beans really hit – they really hit the spot . “We got to sit with other people we didn’t know , we had small conversation , ” continued Herrera . “So it was enjoyable . ” Long after the first diners left , community members continued queueing in the chilly air under overcast skies . Armed Forces Network Bavaria took shout - outs and song requests from the crowd and held informal polls on the correct pronunciation of “pecan” and more . Additional Thanksgiving meals took place across USAG Bavaria , including at Tower Barracks and Rose Barracks .
24 November 2022 ( November 24 2022 )
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