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BY: Public Affairs Office

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – The tradition continues as 12 Fort Leonard Wood dining facilities gear up to serve their annual Thanksgiving holiday meal.

William Moffitt, Installation Food Program manager, his team and the food service contractor, are planning to provide nearly 12,000 meals during the lunch-time celebration and more than 35,000 meals throughout the day.

Senior leaders, drill sergeants and platoon sergeants serve Soldiers in training a traditional Thanksgiving meal at Fort Leonard Wood. File photo

More than five tons of turkey, 1100 pounds of shrimp, 3,500 pounds of steamship round of beef and more than 2,000 assorted pies will be served as part of the traditional holiday meal that more than 300 food service employees will prepare.

“This is the best meal of the year and a big team effort not only by food service provider and staff but from vendors providing product to the involvement of each brigade and branch of service,” Moffitt said.

“Seeing team Fort Leonard Wood come together and put on an event this size surpassing the size of any city in the local area is a great thing to witness,” he added.

Family and friends are welcome to support their military member in the individual’s assigned dining facility from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Veterans and military retirees are also welcome to experience the Thanksgiving Day atmosphere from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Double DFAC at 6111 Indiana Ave., one of the largest dining facilities in the DoD,” Moffitt said.

The U. S. Army Garrison DFAC 3223, will serve their Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, and will be closed after dinner Wednesday until the breakfast meal of Nov. 27.

The 2017 Thanksgiving holiday meal rate is $9.05 for all visitors, government civilians and service members receiving a subsistence allowance.

Spouses and other dependents of members pay grade E4 and below will pay a discounted rate of $6.80.

“The Army and each branch of service who train on Fort Leonard Wood celebrate this day with high regard. It provides a day to reflect on the years sacrifices and accomplishments, of those who deployed and the professionals dedicated to ensure our war fighters are ready to be sent with the force of the best,” Moffitt said. “The day is relaxed. Our trainee’s realization is evident in their glow that they are in an unforgettable moment in life being on a very diverse and special team for good of a great nation.”


Dining Facility assignments:

DFAC 653 (Co. F, 787th Military Police Battalion and 2nd Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment) — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DFAC 820 (1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment) — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DFAC 754 (2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment) — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DFAC 836 (3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment) — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DFAC 908 (795th Military Police Battalion) — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DFAC 930 (787th Military Police Battalion) — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DFAC 1011 (1st Engineer Brigade) — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DFAC 2105 (43rd Adjutant General Reception Battalion) — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

DFAC 1784 (ITRO Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps detachments) — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DFAC 1792 (Serving 84th Chemical Battalion, 58th Transportation Battalion) — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DFAC 6111 (6111 Indiana Ave.) — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Two dining rooms will be open, and this facility will support veterans and family members who are not visiting service members assigned to another DFAC.