Camp Pendleton Picked for Top Mess Hall

One of Camp Pendleton's dining halls was picked for a top award by the National Restaurant Association.

The base's 31 Area Edson Range Mess Hall earned the Maj. Gen. William Pendleton Thompson Hill Award for best full food service mess hall in the Marine Corps.

The W.P.T. Hill memorial award was established in 1985 to improve food service operation and recognize the best mess halls in the Marine Corps.

The award is named after Maj. Gen. William Pendleton Thompson Hill, who served as quartermaster general of the Marine Corps from 1944 to 1955.

National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and the Society for Foodservice and Hospitality Management travel with senior military officers to military bases around the world to evaluate food service operations. The group rates the food service operations and selects winners from each military branch.

Other Marine Corps winners of the W.P.T. Hill awards included Mess Hall 5500 at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station for Best Management and Mess Attendant Mess Hall and a mess hall at Camp Foster, Okinawa Japan for Best Field Mess.

The W.P.T. Hill awards were presented together with the Air National Guard Disney awards and Air Force Hennessy awards during the annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show at the end of May in Chicago, Ill.

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