DAEGU, South Korea - The Daegu Mountain Inn Dining Facility on average feeds 150 soldiers from Camp Walker and Camp Henry until the 2012 Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise increased its mission.
The DFAC, which accommodates 120 people at one time, was forced to feed quadruple the amount daily due to an influx of customers here for the exercise.
During UFG, the DFAC provided food services for extra soldiers and servicemen on the Korean peninsula as well as additional forces that came from overseas just to participate in the exercise.
“Unlike normal days, over 700 people came through here during the exercise,” said Sgt. 1st Class John Williams, Daegu Mountain Inn DFAC manager. “All other branches, all the Reserve components, National Guard units and even the ROKA soldiers contributed to the increased number of soldiers coming in here.”
The DFAC staff is supposed to feed 50 customers each per meal, so they had to contract out for Korean cooks and get help from other units to serve the largely increased headcount.
During UFG, 8th Army personnel that came down to Camp Walker planned to set up a field kitchen to feed their personnel, however, the plan was cancelled due to a typhoon that was heading straight for the Korean peninsula.
Therefore, the 8th Army food specialists assisted the Daegu Mountain Inn staff by providing one non-commissioned officer and two soldiers each shift.
On top of their increased mission output, the DFAC provided a Victory Meal in the middle of the exercise to motivate soldiers.
“The Victory Meal was a celebration of well-executed exercise, and it gave Soldiers nutritional meals to boost soldiers’ morale for the rest of the exercise.” Williams said.
The staff of the Daegu Mountain Inn Dining Facility worked longer hours, provided extra meals and fed more customers due to routine training and attention to details.
“They didn’t complain at all even though they worked such long hours, and I really appreciate them for their hard work and dedication without any complaint,” Williams said. “In the future, we will keep trying our best to execute with excellence, serving the most fair and decent meals.”
The Daegu Mountain Inn Dining Facility, who won the Philip A. Connelly Award at the 8th Army level, also fed senior leaders such as Gen. James D. Thurman, United States Forces Korea commander, and Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson, 8th Army commander.