|By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Fort McCoy will represent the Installation Management Command (IMCOM)-Northeast
region in the Department of the Army (DA) level Philip A. Connelly
food-service competition for the third-consecutive year.
Soldiers from the 236th Engineer
Company (Vertical), a Texas Army National Guard unit, which was
the last mobilizing unit at Fort McCoy, eat at a Fort McCoy
Dining Facility Oct. 1. The facility, building 2674, now will be
used to support transient training, such as exercises.
(Photo by Linda Fournier)
Andrew Pisney, Fort McCoy food program manager, said the
installation will be competing in the civilian-garrison category,
which includes all contractor-operated dining operations of any
For the past two years, McCoy competed in the small-garrison
category for dining facilities that serve an average of 300 or fewer
diners per meal, he said.
“We hope to take the lessons learned in the last two competitions
and do well in this competition as well,” Pisney said. “We get great
experience from the program, whether we 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.”
In addition to Fort McCoy, the civilian-garrison category will
include Fort Gordon, Ga., and the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., as
well as dining operations in Germany, Korea, Japan and Qatar.
A team comprised of three food-service representatives will visit
Fort McCoy Nov. 30. Two team members are from the Department of the
Army’s Joint Culinary Center for Excellence and the other team
member is from the International Food Services Executive Association
(IFSEA), an organization of civilian food-service professionals.
An employee from Superior
Services Inc., serves lunch to Soldiers in building 50. The Fort
McCoy food-service program is vying for Army-level honors.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
“The IFSEA representatives come from all over the country and the
organization is recognized as the industry leader in food service,”
Pisney said. “This gives us a chance to put our best foot forward
and also get a lot of feedback and general information about how to
improve our operations.”
Pisney said the Superior Services Inc. company provides the
contracted personnel to run the installation’s dining operations.
Building 50 is the installation’s main dining facility and serves
the military personnel training at the installation, such as
personnel from the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Regional
Training Sites, other institutional training courses, as well as
Other dining facilities in full-time operation include building 605,
which supports Regional Training Center-Central, a pre-mobilization
Building 2674, which was used to support mobilization and
demobilization personnel, has suspended daily operations with the
completion of the mobilization/demobilization mission at Fort McCoy,
The facility will be used to support transient training, such as the
fiscal year 2012 Warrior Exercise, Diamond Saber and Combat Support
Training Exercise events at Fort McCoy, Pisney said.