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Stockbridge soldier competes in global culinary competition

Army Sgt. 1st Class Dwight M. Copeland, the husband of Hanna Copeland of Stockbridge, recently competed in the 39th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event. (Special Photo)

Army Sgt. 1st Class Dwight M. Copeland, the husband of Hanna Copeland of Stockbridge, recently competed in the 39th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event. (Special Photo)

FORT LEE, Va. — Army Sgt. 1st Class Dwight M. Copeland is one of 200 chefs worldwide who gathered at Fort Lee, Va., for the 39th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event, where military food service chefs showcase their best cooking skills.

Copeland, son of Dolline Walker of Montgomery, Ala., is the husband of Hanna Copeland of Stockbridge. He is assigned to Allied Land Command headquarters in Turkey, and has 13 years of military service.

“Competing in this event has always been challenging yet exciting,” said Copeland. “Being able to showcase my skills and talents in front of world class chefs as well as my peers is a thrill. In this event I was able to compete in the Enlisted Aide of the Year Competition and others.”

The contest was hosted by the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence, U.S. Army Quartermaster School and Combined Arms Support Command. It brought together military chefs from all branches of the armed forces with a focus on providing competitive training opportunities to service members through the American Culinary Federation as they learn from the U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team.

Among the event categories and activities were armed forces chef of year, culinary team of the year, a nutrition challenge, three-course gourmet meals created from everyday military equipment, a mobile field kitchen challenge and food displays and demonstrations.