Culinary excellence recognized

November 18, 2011

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany – Soldiers and dining facilities from across Europe were recognized for their achievements at the Installation Management Command – Europe and U.S. Army Europe 44th Annual USAREUR Food Service Awards Ceremony on Campbell Barracks here Nov 18.

“Today we will recognize members of the USAREUR/IMCOM-E Food Service community who have reached the pinnacle of our trade,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Donaldson, the USAREUR Theater Food Advisor. “These food service personnel have gone the extra step in food preparation and service.”

The U.S. Army Europe Soldiers are being recognized as part of the 18th Annual Culinary noncommissioned officer and warrior of the year competition. The IMCOM-E facilities are being recognized for excellence in food service as part of the USAREUR/IMCOM-E Phillip A. Connelly Awards Program for Excellence in Army Food Service.

The objective of the Culinary Warrior of the Year program is to recognize excellence, professionalism and the selfless service which is provided by food service Soldiers on a daily basis across the command. The competition is divided into two categories, Private through Specialist and Corporal through Staff Sergeant.

“The CWOY competition provides a tangible incentive for all assigned food service Soldiers and food operations noncommissioned officers to strive to attain,” said Robert Shamberger, the IMCOM-E Food Program Manager.

The winner of the Culinary Warrior of the Year NCO competition was Staff Sgt. Robert Szatkowski assigned to the 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion with Sgt. Julio Rodriguez from 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade being the runner up.

The winner of the Culinary Warrior of the Year for junior Soldiers was Spc. Calvin Parker from the 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th CAB with Spc. Nathan Rohlik assigned to the 72nd ESB being the runner-up.

The USAREUR/IMCOM-E Phillip A. Connelly Awards recognize the best military and civilian dining facilities in Europe.
“The Connelly program recognizes and commends those Army dining facilities and field kitchens that meet the highest standards of food service excellence,” said Donaldson.

In the USAREUR/IMCOM-E Phillip A. Connelly Awards competition the winner for the military dining facility category is the 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Dining Facility representing U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart with the 44th Signal Dining Facility being the runner up.

In the civilian dining facility category the winner is the Warrior Sports Café representing USAG Hohenfels with the Stryker Inn dining facility also from USAG Hohenfels being the runner-up.

The winner of the field dining facility was the Headquarters and Headquarters 16th Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade representing USAG Hohenfels.
The awardees were all presented with a trophy for their achievements and the winning dining facilities will go on to compete in the Department of the Army Phillip A. Connelly competition. The Culinary Warriors of the Year were further recognized with the winners receiving an Army Commendation Medal and the runners-up receiving an Army Achievement Medal.