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October 14, 2011

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McCoy food-service program to represent

IMCOM-NE region in competition

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.
PHOTO: Soldiers eat at a Fort McCoy Dining Facility. Photo by Linda  Fournier
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 size.

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.

PHOTO: An employee from Superior Services Inc., serves lunch to Soldiers in building 50. Photo by Rob Schuette
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 permanent-party personnel.

Other dining facilities in full-time operation include building 605, which supports Regional Training Center-Central, a pre-mobilization training organization.

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, Pisney said.

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.

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