Fort Leonard Wood plans to hold its traditional Thanksgiving Day celebration Nov. 22 in several of its dining facilities on post, with meals for service members and their spouses and dependents, as well as veterans and retired service members.
With more than 7,000 pounds of turkey, 1,200 pounds of shrimp, 2,000 pounds of beef and 2,000 assorted cakes and pies with all of the accompaniments, William Moffitt, Installation Food Program manager, describes the annual feast as the “Super Bowl” of meals for the installation.
“More than 400 food service employees prepare, and then serve the meal, with unit commanders,” he said. “We provide nearly 12,000 meals during the lunch celebration and more than 30,000 meals total throughout the day.”
Family and friends are welcome to dine with their military member in the individual’s assigned dining facility from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Veterans and retired service members are invited to enjoy a Thanksgiving Day meal between the hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Double DFAC, located at 6111 Indiana Avenue.
The 2018 Thanksgiving holiday meal rate is $9.10 for all visitors, except spouses and other dependents of service members E-4 and below, who pay the discounted holiday meal rate of $6.80 per person.
Moffitt said it’s great to see everyone enjoy the meal, and he is proud to serve with the team that provided more than 11,500,000 meals to military service members this year.
The U. S. Army Garrison Diner, DFAC 3223, will serve its Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and will be closed until the breakfast meal Nov. 26.
“It is an enjoyable day seeing everyone slow down from the high intensity of training to pause, and reflect with family and friends,” Moffitt said. “Seeing the looks of excitement, relief and satisfaction on the faces of trainees and their newly found friends/battle buddies after finishing this feast is a cool sight to see.”
Dining Facility assignments:
DFAC 630 (701st MP’s) — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
DFAC 653 (2nd 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 820 (1st Battalion, 48th 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 1010 (1st Engineer Brigade) — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
DFAC 2105 (43rd Adjutant General Reception Battalion) — 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
DFAC 1784 — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Serving Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps detachments)
DFAC 1792 — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Serving 84th Chemical Battalion, 58th Transportation Battalion)
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.