July 16, 2009

General Assembly Resolution presented to Gate City unit for food service excellence

By Capt. Matt Nowak
Virginia Army Guard Public Affairs


GATE CITY, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s 1032nd Transportation Company received a Virginia General Assembly Joint Resolution sponsored by Delegate Terry Kilgore in a special ceremony to recognize the unit’s first place finish in the Army’s Philip A. Connelly Award for Excellence in Army Food Service July 11.

 

Delegate Terry Kilgore presents the Virginia General Assembly Joint Resolution to  Capt. Alexandre Oryschak, commander of the 1032nd Transportation Company, and Master Sgt. Brian Kinkead, food operations sergeant. (Photo by Capt. Matt Nowak, Virginia Army Guard Public Affairs)


“It’s the least we could do for the unit,” said Kilgore, from the 1st District, who presented the resolution to the unit. “We are proud, in Southwest Virginia, to see one of our own set the standard across the nation. It is a small thing the General Assembly could do for these Soldiers.”

The ceremony was followed be a reception with the Soldiers and family members. The unit will proudly display the resolution plaque in the halls of Gate City Armory.

The 1032nd Transportation Company won the Connelly Award in the National Guard Field Kitchen Category.

Soldiers from the unit prepared their meal for the competition at Fort Pickett in October 2008. They competed against National Guard units from six other regions across the country and were judged in 11 different categories that ranged from sanitation to the quality of the food.

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 759
Commending the 1032nd Transportation Company,
Virginia Army National Guard, based in Gate City.

http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+ful+HJ759
Agreed to by the House of Delegates, January 23, 2009.
Agreed to by the Senate, January 29, 2009.

WHEREAS, the 1032nd Transportation Company, Virginia Army National Guard, based in Gate City in Southwest Virginia is a winner of the United States Army's prestigious in the National Guard Field Kitchen Category; and

WHEREAS, one of the Army's top food-service awards, the Philip A. Connelly Award program is named in honor of Philip A. Connelly, who was the past president of the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) and highly regarded as the driving force behind obtaining IFSEA sponsorship for the Department of the Army’s recognition of excellence in Army food service; and

WHEREAS, soldiers from the 1032nd Transportation Company prepared their meal for the Connelly Competition in October 2008 at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, where they competed against National Guard units from six other regions across the country and were judged in 11 categories ranging from sanitation to the quality of the food; and

WHEREAS, the 1032nd Transportation Company will receive the award and be honored during the annual Philip A. Connelly Award ceremony to be held in Atlanta in April 2009; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly commend and congratulate the 1032nd Transportation Company, Virginia Army National Guard, based in Gate City in Southwest Virginia as the winner of the United States Army's Philip A. Connelly Award for Excellence in Army Food Service in the National Guard Field Kitchen Category; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the 1032nd Transportation Company as an expression of the General Assembly’s admiration of the unit's outstanding achievement and commitment to excellence.

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