Mess hall cooks raise morale at Cherry Point with Christmas meals

Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 05:47 PM.

Taylor said serving a first-class meal boosts morale among the Marines who can’t be home for the holidays.

"For not being home with their families, morale is actually pretty good," Taylor said. "For some of the Marines, there is no other place they’d rather be than here. It’s like family. A lot of these Marines know that in the grand scheme of things, it’s a greater purpose than themselves."

Cpl. Brady Lamb, a logistics and electronics specialist from Washington state, stayed at Cherry Point instead of travelling across the country to be with family.

"It’s like another family actually," he said. "After you’ve done it for so long, it’s like another family."

Though he’s partial to a good breakfast, the mid-day meals are on par as well, Lamb said.

"I like the variety, the steaks and the fish," he said. "I had some pretty awesome cod last night."

Pvt. Quamir Mathis is one of the galley cooks at Cherry Point.

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