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    Camaraderie and Competitive Spirit at Thanksgiving Meal on Fort Drum

    Camaraderie and Competitive Spirit at Thanksgiving Meal on Fort Drum

    DRUM — On a day when thousands of Fort Drum soldiers packed into four dining facilities for a Thanksgiving-themed lunch, the welcomed U.S. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand for a visit.

    A spread of desserts, vegetables, meats, and fruit was available to soldiers to feast on during the tradition.

    Warrant Officer Dwayne Donegan, the brigade's food advisor, was responsible for organizing the Tuesday feast at the 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team's Warrior Inn Restaurant.

    People had been working since 3 p.m. Thursday to ensure the soldiers had a Thanksgiving meal.

    “We're putting in the effort and the energy,” Donegan said.

    Judges went through and evaluated each of the four dining facilities, which were judged on a variety of aspects, including the food, teamwork and decorations. The decorations were made by soldiers.

    Donegan said they really wanted to win.

    “We're really, really, really competitive,” he said. “We all want to win.”

    Their hard work paid off as they were the winning group, receiving a trophy, and most importantly, bragging rights.

    “For us, for the culinary specialist, building the morale for the soldiers who can't go home is why we do it,” he said.

    Donegan said leadership was looking forward to this day.

    “They're very excited,” he said. “They went above and beyond to help out.”

    Donegan said a lot of soldiers would walk through their doors, and he was right. Chief Warrant…

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