Michele, The Real McCoy Contributor
mobilizing Soldiers filed into the Contingency Operating Location
(COL) Freedom food service area April 16, the first day of breakfast
and dinner being served at the COL this year, they received their food
on two new food serving lines.
lines have steam tables, ovens, beverage machines and dessert bars in
the serving building.
Fort McCoy Food Service managers
Tony Powell and Karyl Habeck, both of Austin and Associates, and
Nancy Sendlenski-Harvey inspect a new hot food serving
(Photo by Tom Michele)
also may sample the many choices on the new salad bar and condiments
in the dining building where the 100 or so picnic tables made it
comfortable for the Soldiers to enjoy their meals.
Sendlenski-Harvey, Fort McCoy food program manager, said, "Itís
exciting, with the new serving equipment, and new groups of mobilizing
Soldiers coming in. Spring is here, our staff is in place. Just the
energy of it makes it important to the Soldiers.
food service staff is excited to be providing quality meals, serving
and supporting the Soldiers. "Thatís what Fort McCoy is all
16 also was the second day of Sendlenski-Harvey on the job in the
managerís chair, as she is replacing Andrew Pisney.
Sendlenski-Harvey had served as an alternate contracting officerís
representative for food services contractors since February 2008.
an inspection tour of the food service areas on his last day on the
job, Pisney pointed with pride at the new equipment at the COL.
we opened the entirely new buildings in July last year," Pisney
said, "we served meals out of a double-wide trailer and Soldiers
ate in a large tent. We moved the serving equipment from the old
facility to the new building. Now, with the new serving equipment
installed this year, we will be serving to the same standards and with
the same quality food as we provide in cantonment dining
got the new equipment in October," Pisney said.
includes hot bars, cold bars, grills, deep fat fryers, refrigerators,
milk, coffee, soda and juice machines. "This means this is the
first year at the COLs Soldiers can eat French fries. In the past we
did not have the capability to prepare them on-site. Thatís a big
thing for the Soldiers," he said.
explained meals are initially prepared in two cantonment dining
facilities, then transported to the COLs.
Libertyís food service area is a duplicate in the layout, and also
includes the equipment upgrade.
summed it up by saying, "The new serving equipment makes it
easier for Soldiers to enjoy their meals. That gives them a smile. It
is a tough time for the Soldiers because they are leaving home, so, we
treat them as Ďfamily.í These are not just buildings, but itís
the feelings of the people inside the buildings."
(Michele is a public
affairs specialist for Eagle Systems and Services Inc., contractor for
CONUS Support Base Services.)