Cooking for our American troops pays off big!
By Kell Phelps, NBBQN Publisher
On November 17, 2012, I was given the opportunity to help a group cook for 104 soldiers who were stationed at Fort Stewart, GA. Lynn Entrekin, Ron and Nancy Montgomery, and myself made up the team that cooked and served the troops. The menu consisted of ribs, chicken, rib tips, baked beans, potato salad, corn on the cob, and for dessert Nancy prepared her award-winning orange cake. While there, our main contact was Sergeant Major Jason York who treated us like family and was actually childhood friends with Lynn. Needless to say, we didn’t want for anything and even had a great steak bought for us on Friday evening after getting set up.
Photo by Nancy Montgomery
Ron Montgomery, Lynn Entrekin, & Kell Phelps at Fort Stewart Army Base in Hinesville,GA.
I missed an opportunity like this several years ago and have regretted it ever since, but I don’t think I’ll miss another one if given the chance. I really cannot express how gratifying it is to give back something for a group who have offered themselves for you. The few hours we worked on the meal can nor will ever repay them for their service, but it sure made me proud to at least do something. The experience left me wanting to do a pile more for each and every soldier who attended. I only hope I get to do this again sometime soon.
If you ever have a chance to cook for any type of American soldier, then I suggest you make every effort possible to do just that. I guarantee you will not forget it nor regret it.