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Johnston Island, hands down. Contactor ran for an island population of 1000 civilians & 200 military. Professional chefs that would cook a lot of the menu to order. All you could eat shrimp etc. We worked our tails off there and I stll gained weight. They would have a cook your own steak bbq every Friday night. Good stuff.

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The best chow hall I've been to was the chow hall at Camp Williams in Utah. It was the chow hall for the PLDC Students. It was staffed by civilians and they made the best chow I had in my 12 years of service. The second best was Ft. Gordon in Georgia, also staffed by civilians.

The most food ever given to me on a plate was at Torrejon Air Force Base in Spain. The Air Force sure know how to feed their Airmen/Airwomen. The Army lets you subsist on a starvation diet.
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Fort Jackson, SC. The ladies gave us the best southern cooking we've ever had at a chow hall, and because we were Marines she always gave us a loaf of bread pudding to take back to the brks.
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The MWTC (Mountain Warfare Training Center)

It was the best when there were still Marines cooking and serving, then they went to civilians, decent but no longer the best.
I was there last summer and they still had Marines serving and cooking in the chow hall. They had decent food, but it always tasted great coming out of a field op.
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For me, it was the Air Force side Kadena AB in Okinawa. They had the best enlisted chow hall on the Rock.
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The best chow hall I've been to was the chow hall at Camp Williams in Utah. It was the chow hall for the PLDC Students. It was staffed by civilians and they made the best chow I had in my 12 years of service.
Eh, how long ago was that? I was there for WLC (formerly known as PLDC) and the food was notably terrible.
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Camp Liberty, Victory Base Complex - Baghdad

Worst DFAC, almost all of them on KAF, RC-South
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Hands down best midnight chicken wings
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The best food on USAF SAC bases was in the messhalls assigned to midnight chow for flight crews & flightline staff working nights.We introduced a lot of friends to midnight chow at MacDill AFB,Brize Norton in the UK & bases in French Morocco .Whenever we were asked where we worked & who the new guys were we'd tell the cooks they were part of the tdy bomb wing that just arrived.
Midnight chow at the flight line chow hall on Beale AFB was pretty delicious in the 70's

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Okinawa Camp shields we had a Masterchief that ran it while on deployment, who hooked us up and ran the galley the way all of them should be ran.

I remember talking with a friend who asked me if I wanted to take the truck over to Kadena and go to Chilli's and I responded "ARE you crazy it is TACO NIGHT"
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In the very early 70's the two best I eat at were Subic Bay in the PI, and Kadena AFB in Okinawa
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Best Chow Hall had to be Mid Rats on the Kitty. Such a good time, dinner and breakfast all in one.

Not at a Chow Hall would be the Ordie shop on the Kitty. Man we had food sent to us from Japan. So we had all the goodies.
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Best chow halls: Nellis AFB. Runner Up: NAS Adak
Worst chow halls: USS Coral Sea. Runner Up: USS Ogden
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Eglin AFB. I was there for a 2 week class. All you can eat including lobster and steak. There is an E-6 who's whole job in the Air Force is cutting you prime rib. "Is this rare enough for you sir? How much would you like? Is this thick enough for you? what kind of sauce would you like with your lobster?"

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Old 11-04-2011, 2:47 AM
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I went as support to the 1987 Happy Camp fire. Those fire fighters eat great. One night they served steak and Lobster. I was there 11 days and gained 7 pounds.

In the Service I was in transit and ate at the mess hall at the Rein Mien Air Base in Germany. I went to clear my plate and stuff, the guy next to me told me we weren't at an Army base, they have people to clear the tables, Imagine that, lol.

I ate at far more bad mess halls than good ones. In basic training, we didn't worry about quality, just how much we could eat and get out. One time we were told to take ou time and eat as much as we wanted, then went for a four mile run. It wasn't pretty.
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We stopped in quatar at N air force base got bagged lunch with sNdwiches and candy bars dognuts,I remember thinking wtf" but I was just so happy to have. Brown bG of decent food and a brown bag of poggie bait.love the corps
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Moron AFB was pretty good from what I remember.
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Sinai -South Camp - MFO
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best mess is in the field! early menu from A box, meal #01 - Beefsteak w/Mushrooms.. yuuum-yum!

as for Mess Hall's, DFAC's etc.. been too many over too many years to rate them all..

NavSta Rota had a real nice buffet with swordfish and crab..

generally, in my experience, sub bases, air bases, and Air Force had the better food as I remember.. NavSta Long Beach had great chow, but that's been gone for a while now.. in most cases coming in from the field, hard to judge, any hot meal is great!

worst ever has be tray pack eggs out of the field kitchen..
those weren't out yet for me
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Hi Matt C,

I was up at Camp Williams in the early '90's for PLDC. The chow there was definitely "A Banquet" as far as Army Chow went. When did they change PLDC to WLC? I wonder if the budget cuts implemented by Pres. Clinton cut into the good chow at Camp Williams. I feel bad for your experience with the chow there.

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Lackland AFB.
I was in the Army, stayed two weeks at Lackland back in 82. Thought I was at a five star.
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Camp Mackall... Corned beef and cabbage every week and Steak and shrimp fridays
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How about the worst! Kabul International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan. It even has its own FB page to try and shut it down. This DFAC is the worst in the AOR and there is nothing anyone can do.

The best, FOB Thomas, Shindand Afghanistan.
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Best: Nellis Air Force Base 1989, 1990, 1991 during Red Flag.
Runner Up: NAS Pensacola, Florida
Second Runner Up: Coronado Naval Amphibious Base
Honorary Mention: Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego.

Worst: USS Kitty Hawk.
Second Worst: USS Tarawa - agh.
Absolutely Lame: Korea / Seoul
Disappointing: Soto Cano Air Base, JTF Bravo / Honduras
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Best:
MCAS Tustin, best kept secret, too bad it closed.
DFAC Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Loved the Mongolian BBQ and Surf-N-Turf nights.
CPO Mess USS Peleliu, always had good eats and killer variety.

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General mess, USS Sacramento. Midrats was rice and ravioli 99% of the time.
CPO Mess USS Bonhomme Richard. Is that steak, or boot leather?
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I would have to say BoB Hope Dinning facility Baghdad internantional airport
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I would have to say BoB Hope Dinning facility Baghdad internantional airport
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Being so used to the chow line while stationed in Germany, I thought it was normal. But during shooting competition (sp SCHUTZEN SCHNUER) with the BRD troops one weekend we were treated to German mess. Problem was we were "seated and served" at our tables, like a fancy restaurant - SOUP, MAIN COURSE & DESSERT. Great food, right. Well asking the Germans, you'd think they were crazy THEY HATED their chow, but loved our "C Rations".
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Either LSA Anaconda or COB Speicher's. Steaks every friday, had a stir fry night, mmm.
In the states we would usually drive over to Pope AFB to eat at their dfac, or go off post.
Did Robin Sage OpFor and at the end we killed a hog and cooked it, possibly the best I ate in the field, although when training west point cadets we got served field rations, but could go to the cantina to buy beer.
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Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan was awesome for me..especially when we got back from Afghanistan
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FTW, one of the +'s to having a multi-national group was the variety of food.
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Best was definitely the DFAC at Blanchfield Hospital on Fort Campbell.
I saw a post earlier about LSA Diamondback, yeah it was pretty good there, but that was back in 03 for me.
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DFAC Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Loved the Mongolian BBQ
The TCN bar inside was the bomb imo. Curry Chicken, Mongolian BBQ so beat Short Order or Mail Line.

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Loved the food although I almost backhanded the guy that tried to grab my tray when I was done. Being Army, I was not used to someone clearing the table for me, or asking me if I wanted more coffee. This is one of the fun stories I tell. I was with a VIP group as a BG enlisted aid so this might have played into it.

Scania was always good. Not really for the food by itself, but it was something you got after a 10-18 hour convoy. Usually midnight chow here.

Cedar I will throw in as it was the first place I encountered the "made to order" milkshakes. The KBR facility was better overall than the Army one though.

Zone 1 Arifjan because they had decent/good food and you actually got plates and silverware (not plastic/foam trays and plastic silverware).
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NAB Coronado, hands down. Us Marines would get spoiled while we were training out there, then have to go back to mystery meat and powdered eggs in our own chow halls.
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The best chow i've had in the C.G was on a cutter! The FS2 on the Aquidneck in Bahrain was AWESOME! It's amazing what good food does to morale. Honorary mention goes to where i'm stationed at now, NBK Bangor in WA.
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