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Travis captures award for food

By 2nd Lt. Jessica Clark | | May 20, 2013

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Travis recently won an Air Force Hennessy Award for Excellence in Air Force Food Service in food transformation.

Travis was one of six test bases under the new Air Force Food Transformation Initiative that launched in October 2010. The goal of the program was to better serve the dining needs for today's Airmen. The pilot locations included Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.; Little Rock AFB, Ark.; MacDill AFB, Fla.; Patrick AFB, Fla., and Travis AFB, Calif.

With this initiative, Travis partnered with Armark Corporation to provide Airmen with healthier and higher quality food.

"The strength in the partnership with our Airmen, DOD civilians, Aramark Corporation and Pride was key to this success at Travis," said Andrew Pauley, 60th Force Support Squadron food and beverage manager. "Building a strong team and working together produced the highest quality food for the Travis community."

Airman 1st Class Jennifer George, 60th Comptroller Squadron travel technician, reflects on her food experience at here.

"The food quality is very good," George said. "I eat breakfast at the dining facility almost every day. They always have fresh fruit and veggies. For lunch and dinner, I really enjoy the hot food line next to the pizza and pasta bar. The food reminds me of a mom-and-pop type dinner and is really scrumptious."

It's important to show Travis was selected to test a concept and is assisting in paving the way for the Air Force to better meet the wants and needs of the Airmen and the mission, Pauley said.

"I'm proud to be a part of a new concept like FTI that helps provide better quality and healthier options to the Travis community," he said. "It is another piece to a long line of excellence across the wing."

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