• Spc. Kenjuan Logan, food service specialist, headquarters support company, special troop battalion, U.S. Army South, scoops steaming hot water to put inside one of the warming trays April 3. The warming trays are just one of the many new additions in the new Containerized Kitchen unit. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Cody Barber, 11th Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

    Food Based Morale

    Spc. Kenjuan Logan, food service specialist, headquarters support company, special troop battalion, U.S. Army South, scoops steaming hot water to put inside one of the warming trays April 3. The warming trays are just one of the many new additions in...

  • Spc. Kenjuan Logan, food service specialist, headquarters support company, special troop battalion, U.S. Army South, gets a spoon full of hot green beans as they prepare food for the troops April 3. Logan then places the green beans inside a warming container so service members have a hot meal. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Cody Barber, 11th Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

    Food Based Morale

    Spc. Kenjuan Logan, food service specialist, headquarters support company, special troop battalion, U.S. Army South, gets a spoon full of hot green beans as they prepare food for the troops April 3. Logan then places the green beans inside a warming...

  • Spc. Kenjuan Logan, food service specialist, headquarters support company, special troop battalion, U.S. Army South, smiles as he take a scoop of green beans April 3. Green beans were just one of the many items cooked for dinner. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Cody Barber, 11th Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

    Food Based Morale

    Spc. Kenjuan Logan, food service specialist, headquarters support company, special troop battalion, U.S. Army South, smiles as he take a scoop of green beans April 3. Green beans were just one of the many items cooked for dinner. (U.S. Army photo by...

  • Spc.  Kenjuan Logan and Spc. David Dietrich, food service specialists, headquarters support company, special troop battalion, U.S. Army South, put food onto service member's plates as they walk by April 3.(U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Cody Barber, 11th Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

    Food Based Morale

    Spc. Kenjuan Logan and Spc. David Dietrich, food service specialists, headquarters support company, special troop battalion, U.S. Army South, put food onto service member's plates as they walk by April 3.(U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Cody Barber, 11th...

  • Spc.  Kenjuan Logan and Spc. David Dietrich, food service specialists, headquarters support company, special troop battalion, U.S. Army South, scoop out rice and beef stew for troops at LSA Dragon April 3. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Cody Barber, 11th Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

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    Spc. Kenjuan Logan and Spc. David Dietrich, food service specialists, headquarters support company, special troop battalion, U.S. Army South, scoop out rice and beef stew for troops at LSA Dragon April 3. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Cody Barber, 11th...

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -Meals Ready to Eat are not the only option service members have to choose from when wanting something to eat. Now, both breakfast and dinner are served at Logistical Support Area Dragon for service members wanting to have a fresh hot meal. Staff Sgt. Calvin Anderson, a food service specialist deployed from U.S. Army South, is in charge of giving the troops an alternative to MRE's.

"The purpose of our job is to put out hot meals to the soldiers on a daily basis," said Anderson.

The containerized kitchen unit currently used is a 20-foot container customized into a kitchen. When closed up, it looks like nothing more than a conex on wheels. It's loaded with equipment such as two refrigerators, two stoves, oven, sink, warming trays, air conditioner and 10k generator.

The containerized kitchen has yet to let them down and they have not, thus far, missed a meal.

"It is working perfectly," said Anderson. "It's performing way beyond the Mobilized Kitchen Trailer that was formerly at Logistical Support Area Dragon. The containerized kitchen puts out a greater quantity of food and holds twice as many people."

In the morning they serve a variety of foods such as eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes and donuts. For dinner they have an assortment of foods from steak, chicken, corn, rice and spaghetti.

"We prepare everything," said Anderson. "We make the punch, coffee, food and deserts."

Each day brings a new meal and each day service members line up minutes prior to serving time. They can then take their meal to an air conditioned tent and sit down to relax. They can chat, laugh and talk about the day.

"It's a great improvement from MRE's and Heater Meals," said Senior Airmen Joseph D. Meade, 49th Communication Squadron, communication technician. "...they change it up every day and keep it new."

The Heaters Meals and MRE's are dreaded, said Meade. Knowing that they have a hot meal cooked is a morale booster.

Serving out hot meals for breakfast and dinner has become greatly appreciated among the service members, said Anderson.

"We are thanked on a daily basis," said Anderson. "It feels good to know that we are appreciated and people notice the hard work we put into it every day."

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