A Marine receives a build-your-own Okinawa taco rice meal entered in for judging during the W.P.T. Hill award competition at Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, on March 14, 2019. CARLOS VAZQUEZ/STARS AND STRIPES
A Marine receives a build-your-own Okinawa taco rice meal entered in for judging during the W.P.T. Hill award competition at Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, on March 14, 2019. CARLOS VAZQUEZ/STARS AND STRIPES

Marine cooks hope Okinawan dish will help them win the Corps’ best-mess award

by Carlos M. Vazquez II
Stars and Stripes

CAMP KINSER, Okinawa — On the strength of a favorite Okinawan dish, members of Combat Logistics Regiment 37 are representing the III Marine Expeditionary Force at a competition for the Marine Corps’ top culinary award.

The Maj. Gen. W.P.T. Hill Memorial Awards for Food Service Excellence were established in 1985 with the aim of improving food service operations and identifying the best expeditionary dining facility in the Marine Corps. The award winners — I MEF and II MEF cooks are also competing — are expected to be named in early April and will be able to attend a ceremony in Chicago in May.

Food specialists of the 37th Regiment presented a “build your own” meal of Okinawa taco rice to judges and patrons on Thursday. It’s an island lunchtime staple of ground beef or chicken, lettuce, cheese and tomatoes served on top of rice.

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