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    Freeman Warrior Restaurant Serves Quarantined Troopers

    Freeman Warrior Restaurant Serves Quarantined Troopers

    Photo By Sgt. Calab Franklin | Wagonmaster Spc. Tanice Griffin, 120th Quartermaster Company, Special Troops...... read more read more

    FORT HOOD, TX, UNITED STATES

    04.14.2020

    Story by Sgt. Calab Franklin 

    1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade

    FORT HOOD, TEXAS – The Freeman Warrior Restaurant continues business, not as usual following the outbreak of coronavirus, serving ready-to-eat meals to quarantined Troopers on Fort Hood, April 14, 2020.
    As if the countless number of Phillip A. Connelly Culinary Competition Trophies within the Freeman Warrior Restaurant does not already say it; the Wagonmasters 120th Quartermaster Company(120th QMC) makes quality food. Their ability to provide hot and ready meals to our quarantined Soldiers is a vital spear in keeping their morale high and their bodies healthy while staying in place for two whole weeks. Wagonmasters like Sgt. 1st Class Quincey Queen, Freeman Warrior Restaurant Manager, 120th QMC, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, are the reason the “ready-to-eat” program continues to feed Troopers across the installation.
    “That’s one of the main things that we are doing, we are not turning anyone away, if Soldiers need assistance we will provide that for them,” said Queen. “We want to make them a dish that we would want if we were locked down for 14 days.
    Every other day, Freeman has an obligation to provide three hot meals for Troopers quarantined on the trail-end of exercise DEFENDER-Europe 2020 and COVID-19. Queen said the operations and workflow is something they manage well. On days they are not providing meals to those quarantined, a group of Wagonmasters assist the Fort Hood food truck in ensuring the Soldiers get fed.
    “It took some time to get used to but now we have a good battle-rhythm down,” said Queen. “The Soldiers understand that we are essential personnel, no matter what is going on, people have to eat and we have to support the warfighter.”
    Operations inside the warrior restaurant remain fairly normal with few precautions to keep personnel safe. Freeman requires Troopers who enter the facility to maintain six feet of distance between each other. Each culinary specialist serves food in a contactless manner and wears personal protective gear to be as safe as possible.
    “Our number one priority is to keep food safe for the Soldiers right now,” said Queen. “We’re constantly washing our hands, wearing gloves, and keeping our distances.”
    “The last thing that we want to do is be the cause of somebody getting sick, this is a serious thing we are dealing with,” said Queen.
    The morale of the culinary specialists and the Troopers with Freeman stays high. Wagonmasters like Spc. Bryant Glover understands the concern that comes with his job and takes it seriously.
    “I know I’m essential and I am here to perform a duty,” said Glover. “It’s honestly an honor to be able to serve during such a crisis as this one.”
    The Freeman Warrior Restaurant continues to provide support during the pandemic. The Wagonmasters efforts are reaching Troopers from all over Fort Hood and plans to continue to do so.

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    Date Taken: 04.14.2020
    Date Posted: 04.16.2020 11:14
    Story ID: 367549
    Location: FORT HOOD, TX, US 

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