Inspection of the Fort McCoy Installation Dining
Facility, building 50, was the first step toward potentially repeating
as an Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Central Region Philip A.
Connelly Food Competition winner.
Tom Lara (left), a Connelly Award
program inspector, talks with a dining patron at the
Installation Dining Facility.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Inspector Tom Lara, IMCOM Central Region Food Program
manager, said Fort McCoy has put together a good food service
program, which has received the regional Connelly food service award
in its category for the past three years.
He inspected the facility May 22 during the breakfast and lunch
meals as part of the IMCOM Central Region competition.
Fort McCoy is competing in the civilian-garrison category, which
includes all contractor-operated dining operations of any size.
“I look at the entire operation,” Lara said. “I look at the
appearance and attitude of the employees, their serving the troops,
the food presentation and quality and coaching/mentoring of
Fort McCoy is one of the few operations that have a culinary
training manager on duty. Lara said this person can provide input
and training to the other cooks.
The judging includes supervisory and training records, dining
facility administration, head count and requisition procedures, food
safety protocol and command support, he said.
“I’ll also look at the relationship with the customers and how Fort
McCoy takes care of the Soldiers,” Lara said. “I’ll continue to be
on the road doing judging through June and probably into July,
before I decide the winners in the competition.”
If Fort McCoy advances past this stage, it will again go on to
compete at the Army level. Lara said the winning installations will
receive an Army-level inspection visit in the October-December time
Andrew Pisney, Fort McCoy food program manager, said the
installation participates in the competition to improve its food
“We get great experience from the program — win or lose — and the
objective of our participation is to improve the program and offer
great food service to the Soldiers who train here,” Pisney said.
The Fort McCoy food service program helps support the installation’s
organization competencies by providing the food service support
troops need to help meet their training requirements during
peacetime and war, Pisney said.