April 13, 2009

Gate City unit celebrates Connelly Award for food service excellence in the field

By Capt. Matt Nowak
Virginia Army Guard Public Affairs

FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company received the Department of the Army’s annual Philip A. Connelly Award for excellence in Army Food Service in the National Guard Field Kitchen Category for 2008.

  2008 Connelly Award

Members of the Virginia National Guard pose with the 2008 Connelly Award April 2 in Atlanta. The 1032nd Transportation Company was awarded the Connelly Award for excellence in Army Food Service in the National Guard Field Kitchen Category for 2008.

The Food Service Section traveled to Atlanta, Ga., April 2 for the four-day conference, culminating with an awards ceremony. The conference included a military culinary trade show with various receptions. Over 500 personnel from the Active Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard, Navy and Naval Sealift Command attended.

This 1032nd improved upon its third place finish from 2007. “We really improved upon last year’s lessons learned,” 1st Sgt. Tim Miller said. “Our NCOs really stepped up to make it happen.”

Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Holcomb, the Virginia National Guard’s state command sergeant major, attended the awards ceremony and stated he was very proud of the Soldiers’ achievement and hopes they can continue the hard work to win again next year.

The Connelly program is named in honor of Philip A. Connelly, past president of the International Food Service Executives Association, who is highly regarded as the driving force behind obtaining IFSEA sponsorship for the Department of the Army’s recognition of excellence in Army food service.

The program is co-sponsored by the Department of the Army and IFSEA. IFSEA representatives participate in the evaluation of finalists in five dining facility categories - Small Garrison, Large Garrison, and Field Kitchens in the Active Army, U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard.

U.S. Army Center of Excellence and Subsistence and IFSEA evaluators traveled around the world during the past three months to obtain first-hand knowledge of how Army food service personnel perform their jobs.

All the finalists were evaluated in a number of areas including food preparation, taste, nutrition, service and sanitation.

Attendees included:
Brig. Gen. Frank Batts-29th Infantry Division assistant division commander
Col. Williams, Timothy - 329th Regional Support Group commander
Capt. Alex Oryschak - 1032nd Transportation Company commander
Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Holcomb, Virginia Army Guard command sergeant major
Master Sgt. Brian Kinkead – Joint Force Headquarters food service advisor

Members of the unit who attended the awards ceremony include:
1st Sgt. Time E. Miller - 1032nd Transportation Company
Staff Sgt. Allen Osburn – Detachment 1, 1032nd Transportation Company
Staff Sgt. Ralph Norris - 1st Platoon squad leader, 1032nd Transportation Company, Main
Sgt. Vincent Woodmancy - 2nd Platoon squad leader, 1032nd Transportation Company
Sgt. Paul Woodmancy - Food Service Section, First Cook: 1032nd Transportation Company, Main
Spc. Julie Woodby – Headquarters Section, 1032nd Transportation Company, Main
Spc. Gary Martin - Food Service Section, cook, 1032nd Transportation Company, Det-1,
Spc. Brandon Sexton – 1st Platoon, 1032nd Transportation Company, Main
Spc. Billy Rose – 3rd Platoon, 1032nd Transportation Company, Main

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