Jan. 5, 2012
Gate City-based transportation company earns runner-up award in national food service competition
By Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen
Virginia Guard Public Affairs
SANDSTON, Va. — The Department of the Army announced Dec. 27 the Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group as the U.S. Army National Guard Runner-up in the 2012 Philip A. Connelly Awards Competition.
Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group serve the lunch meal Oct. 1 at Fort Pickett during the Phillip A. Connelly Awards for Excellence in Army Food Service. On Dec. 27 the Department of the Army announced the 1032nd as the U.S. Army National Guard Runner-up in the 2012 Philip A. Connelly Awards Competition. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia Department of Military Affairs)
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"I visited the Soldiers of the 1032nd at Fort Pickett during the competition, and I was confident they would do well at the national level," said Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia. "They are a spirited and talented unit, and they displayed a professional food service operation. We are extremely proud of their performance and accomplishments during the competition."
The Virginia National Guard unit competed against units in seven regions, where they spent a week in early October preparing for the competition at Fort Pickett. In addition to preparing and serving food, the Soldiers were also evaluated on field sanitation, dining conditions and overall setup and presentation.
"I'm extremely proud of what these Soldiers have accomplished," said Lt. Col. Doyle Gillis, commander of the 1030th Transportation Battalion. "They have worked hard and exemplify the Army values."
The Soldiers spent long hours preparing for the actual evaluation. Leading up to the assessment the Soldiers made sure everything they did was exactly as the regulations specified. The Soldiers put in several 18-20 hour shifts in preparation for the competition.
"The 1032nd has a long history of excellence in food service operations and this is a testament to their hard work as well as the extreme level of competition at the national level," said Col. Timothy P. Williams, commander of the 329th RSG. "I'm very proud of their efforts."
The Phillip A. Connelly Award is a Department of the Army food service program. The International Food Service Executives Association and the Department of the Army co-sponsor the program administered by the Army Center of Excellence, Subsistence. The program achieves improvements in the quality of food service by inspiring competition to adhere to regulations and guidelines.
The Connelly competition uses a point system to determine the winner. Each competing unit began with a set amount of points and that number decreased throughout the grading.
The food service staffs of these units deserve special recognition for their contribution toward improving the Army's food service program and for their superior efforts in enhancing the quality of food service provided to our warriors. All finalists displayed high standards of excellence, and warrant acknowledgment for their outstanding performance, according to Army officials.
The unit will send representatives to San Diego, Calif. to receive the runner-up trophy March 31.
Gate City-based Transportation Company competes in national food service competition (Oct. 4, 2011)
Connelly awards program