DVIDS – News – Fort McCoy restoration team completes monumental mission with support from OAW

Employees supporting the Fort McCoy Logistics Readiness Center (LRC) Food Program Management Office and LRC Supply Subsistence Management Office along with other partners completed one of the largest food service support missions ever at Fort McCoy on Feb. 15 during Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) ended after six months.

Fort McCoy was notified on August 15 that it would be receiving evacuees from Afghanistan on short notice. The exact number of evacuees was not immediately certain, but many facility planners knew it would be a significant number. Eventually it grew to nearly 13,000 Afghan evacuees living and eating all of their meals at Fort McCoy.

“We knew right away that we would have a monumental challenge ahead of us,” said Andy Pisney, Fort McCoy’s food program director. “Over time with the mission, we have had ups and downs, but everyone has worked very hard to provide food support to the nearly 13,000 Afghans and nearly 2,000 additional people stationed to support the Task Force McCoy.

The facility’s catering team includes more than just the Food Program Management Office and the Subsistence Supply Management Office. It also includes full service food contractors; and food suppliers, such as Sysco Foods of Baraboo, Wis.

During the OAW, Pisney said 31 of Fort McCoy’s 34 catering facilities were used to support the operation to feed Afghans or Task Force personnel or were used as Wi-Fi hubs, classrooms , etc

“This included not only all of our new, recently constructed catering facilities, but also our World War II era facilities which are located within the cantonment area blocks,” he said.

Additionally, overall, Pisney said the Office of Food Program Management and Office of Subsistence Supply Management ordered, received, issued, and received approximately $19.3 million in subsistence for facilities. that feed Afghan evacuees or serve as “take-out” facilities.

“Our team also ordered and received 2,171,448 cans or bottles of water for guests, and we researched and cataloged 120 new guest sustenance items in conjunction with Sysco Baraboo, LLC and the Defense Logistics Agency-Troop Support “, said Pisney. “Items included halal-certified protein and culturally acceptable foods.”

Pisney said they also established a seven-day guest dining menu with associated recipe cards used throughout the OAW mission.

“We have also established a Class I central warehouse concept in building 490 in conjunction with prime contractor OAW to support all catering facilities, which has reduced the total amount of subsistence storage required in the facilities,” Pisney said.

Jim Gouker, Contract Oversight Representative and Quality Assurance Evaluator in the Office of Food Program Management, said their team had also been appointed and served as the Contracts Officer Representative for all operations of restoring the OAW.

“As such, we conducted 279 surveillance inspections, submitted monthly audits of catering facilities, and coordinated food procedural actions with the contracting organization and task force personnel,” Gouker said. “We inspected the premises every day during the operation. Many times we have done many inspections every day. We really wanted to do the best job possible, and I think we succeeded.

Pisney also shared weekly and daily facts about how busy he was feeding the thousands during the operation.

“When we were feeding nearly 13,000 guests per meal, we were getting eight half loads of food per day and 48 half loads of food per week,” Pisney said. “We also received three half loads of milk per week, two half loads of juice per week and half loads of bread per week.

“There were also about 9,700 pounds of protein served per day, and there were over 8,000 pounds of rice and potatoes served per day as well as over 8,000 pounds of vegetables served per day,” said Pisney.

Another set of interesting facts, Pisney said, was how the new dining facilities accommodated evacuees. All were operating well beyond their intended capacity.

“At the peak of feeding operations, Facility 2472 was feeding 4,500 people per meal,” Pisney said. “It’s normally a facility with a capacity to feed 1,428 people per meal. So that’s about three times the design capacity. And also, the 1800 block facility was feeding over 3,800 people every meal.

And even if the overall operation is over, Pisney said lessons learned from the effort will benefit future operations.

“For me, it was a good exercise for what we can do as a mobilization force generation facility (MFGI) in a worst-case scenario,” Pisney said.

“MFGI operations, before this happened, sought to support thousands of people. So what this did here kind of validated the concept of MFGI for power.

Pisney said his core team of people who supported the operation was nine people. In addition to himself and Gouker, this also included Kris Miner, Tamra Meyer, Mary Hardie, Scott Molle, Kelly Tilbury, Nancy Brown and Bill Weekley.

“Everyone did really well during this huge effort,” Pisney said. “Everyone here was either here at 6 a.m. every day picking up rations from the trucks or doing the ordering, receiving, etc. I am very proud of everyone who supported this effort.

Now, the restoration effort for the rest of the year will shift significantly to full-time support for training. With tens of thousands of troops lined up to train on the post, Pisney said his team will continue to do a great job.

“We have a lot of unsung heroes, especially when you talk about this team,” Pisney said.

“Foodservice is a training facilitator, and we never want it to be a distraction. The mission always comes first, and if we can support the mission without distracting ourselves from it, that’s great. I appreciate everything this team does. We are here to support you. This is our mission and we always try to do our best.

Fort McCoy’s motto is “Total Force Training Center”. Located in the heart of the Upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only US Army installation in Wisconsin.

The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 service members of all services nearly every year since 1984.

Learn more about Fort McCoy online at https://home.army.mil/mccoy, on the Defense Visual Information Distribution System at https://www.dvidshub.net/fmpao, on Facebook by searching “ftmccoy” and on Twitter by searching for “usagmccoy”.

Also try downloading the Digital Garrison app on your smartphone and set “Fort McCoy” or another facility as your preferred base.

Date taken: 24.02.2022
Date posted: 24.02.2022 17:29
Story ID: 415265
Location: FORT MCCOY, Wisconsin, USA

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