|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
For the second consecutive year, a Fort McCoy dining facility will
represent the Installation Management Command (IMCOM)-Northeast Region
in the Philip A. Connelly Award food service competition.
Employees from Superior Services
Inc., serve lunch at the dining facility that serves Regional
Training Center-Central trainees and staff.
Andrew Pisney, Fort McCoy food program manager, said the dining facility
in building 605 was chosen to represent Fort McCoy this year. The World War II-era
wood facility was renovated under contract in 2009. It serves the staff
and trainees of Regional Training Center-Central, a premobilization
training organization at Fort McCoy.
“When we sat down with the food service managers from our food service
provider, Superior Services Inc. (SSI), this spring, we talked about
which dining operation to nominate to represent us,” Pisney said. “We
based our selection on the staff, facility and quality of service and
Pisney said the choice of dining facility 605 reflects the
installation’s history and its distinction as the Army installation that
likely has the most remaining World War II-era wood structures.
The Department of the Army Philip A. Connelly Award competition will be
held in the October-December time frame, with a site visit at Fort McCoy
likely in October or November.
Fort McCoy competes in the small garrison category for dining facilities
that serve an average of 300 or fewer diners per meal, he said.
“(Dining facility 605) has a pleasant décor and new equipment,” Pisney
said. “We want to showcase Fort McCoy’s history and are very proud of
what we do.”
During the July site visit for the IMCOM competition evaluation, the
operation was evaluated on areas including food preparation, food
quality, serving, troop acceptability, equipment, facility appearance,
food service personnel training management, food safety, headcount
procedures, rations storage, administration and command support, Pisney
The evaluator also toured building 839 in the Fort McCoy Commemorative
Area, set up as a vintage 1940s dining facility, as well as other
renovated dining areas in the 1800 and 2700 blocks, he said.
“The whole process leads to improvements in all of our dining
facilities,” Pisney said. “SSI staff aren’t necessarily assigned
permanently to only one dining facility, but may move to other dining
facilities. When staff from dining facility 605 move to another dining
facility on post, they will bring along what they learned through this
competition and help improve the other dining facilities, as well.”
Pisney said entering the competition leads to a continuous improvement
process. The installation will receive a trophy for winning the IMCOM
Connelly Northeast Region Competition and the prestige of competing for
the overall Army award.