Military cooks prepare Thanksgiving meal for soldiers at Fort Sill

Military cooks prepare Thanksgiving meal for soldiers at Fort Sill

FORT SILL, OK (KSWO) - Military cooks and officials from Fort Sill are preparing for one of their biggest Thanksgiving meals for members of the 75th Field Artillery Brigade and the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade.

Thirty to forty cooks, along with other military food service workers will host their annual Thanksgiving feast at the Guns and Rockets Dining Facility.
Everything on the menu is home-made by the cooks and will feed about a thousand people. They're having the meal tomorrow instead of Thursday to allow the cooks a time to relax on Thanksgiving.

It's a meal, months in the making. Sergeant Anthony Barnes, has enjoyed cooking his whole life and has served in the military for 14 years. He said one of his favorite meals is smoked turkey and he calls Thanksgiving the Superbowl of all meals.

"We have 75 cartons of egg nog, we have 24 turkeys, 4 steam ships, 200 pounds of shrimp and 40 pounds of crab legs."We also have red velvet cake, apple pie, pumpkin pie", said Barnes.

He want's to make sure everything is top notch.

"This gives us the opportunity to show all the chefs in the world that we can compete along with them"

This years theme for the Thanksgiving meal is Wild Wild West. The Guns and Rockets dining facility is filled with everything western. Specialist Miyah Jackson made a cowboy boot out chocolate and other materials to show her creativity. It took 3 days to complete.

It's made out of aluminum foil, I basically just molded it into a shape of a cowboy boot and then I put a layer of talo on the outside and I detailed it and put a little glitter on it", said Jackson.

As a military member, Specialist Jackson said, serving other soldiers on Thanksgiving means a lot to her.

"Just sharing I love to share and give especially being able to give and feed my own",said Jackson.

Sergeant First Class Charles Byers said Thanksgiving is one of the main reasons why he became a cook. He said it's a chance to give back to other troops, making it feel more like home, especially for those who are away from family.

"There are a lot of single troops, single soldiers, so this is our time to shine. To put out a productive meal that's up to standard and something the guys will enjoy", said Byers

Food Service workers plan to be up until 4:30 tomorrow morning putting the final touches on the meal.

The 75th Field Artillery Brigade will be served at 11:30 am and the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade will be served at 1:00 p.m.

This will be the first Thanksgiving held in the newly re-opened Guns and Rockets Dining Facility.  It was closed a few years ago because there were not enough soldiers at the time to keep it open.

Another smaller Thanksgiving meal will be served Thursday for smaller groups of soldiers.

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