Army cooks serve their country by serving others

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) On Fort Wainwright, Army cooks work daily to feed their fellow soldiers. We spoke to a few of them as they prepared and served lunch on Wednesday.

Army cooks serving lunch to their fellow soldiers. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF)

Culinary Specialist Spc. Shaqueta Brown says some people might not look at Army cooks as if they are soldiers. “We definitely are still soldiers the same as everybody else, we still work the same, even though we're in the DFAC cooking, it's basically the same as any other job,” said Brown.

Senior Culinary NCO Sgt. 1st Class Robbie Henry says the biggest difference between their kitchen and another one is cooking in mass quantities.

"Whereas you go to a restaurant it's more catered to the individual, they might ask you how want your steak, how do you want your eggs, here it's mass quantity. It is what is good for the geese is good for the gander. We're going to cook it all the same way, we're going to put some salt and pepper packets on the table and stuff like that," said Henry.

Henry says he had a few different jobs in the Army before he chose this one.

“The reason I chose to be a cook is on deployments I got tired of being hungry, the cooks always got the food. You get hot showers, you get to stay clean and you get the food so you get to serve and put it out," said Henry.

Advanced Culinary NCO Staff Sgt. Ireneo Cabansag says there job is important because they provide a nutritious meal, “and they have the option of the short order, and also to showcase our talent on making the food.”

Brown says her favorite part of her job is the actual cooking, “I definitely like cooking more than any other part like serving I'm not real big on serving, but I definitely like cooking."

While Henry says serving and interacting with the soldiers is his favorite part.

"You have a lot of people that aren't happy with their jobs but when you come through here, how you get served and how people treat you could set off your whole day to be good, bad or indifferent. We're the first people you see after you wake up; you come here to eat breakfast, so we are going to see you at least three times a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner," said Henry.

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