• The Food Service team gets inspected by their Section NCOIC, Staff Sgt. Wardell Davis, before heading off to the Containerized Kitchen to prep for the evaluation June 9, 2012 at Birmingham, Ala. If selected, the FSC team will represent the 412th TEC in the Department of the Army Connelly Awards competition.

    The Food Service team gets inspected by their...

    The Food Service team gets inspected by their Section NCOIC, Staff Sgt. Wardell Davis, before heading off to the Containerized Kitchen to prep for the evaluation June 9, 2012 at Birmingham, Ala. If selected, the FSC team will represent the 412th TEC in...

  • The men and women of the 926 BN FSC Food Service and Field Sanitation Team. The select group represents the 412th TEC, and if selected by USARC in the Top 4, will have the chance to compete against other AR units in this year's Connelly Awards competition.

    The men and women of the 926 BN FSC Food...

    The men and women of the 926 BN FSC Food Service and Field Sanitation Team. The select group represents the 412th TEC, and if selected by USARC in the Top 4, will have the chance to compete against other AR units in this year's Connelly Awards...

  • CW4 Danny L. Tindle, USARC Food Service Technician, briefs the 926 BN FSC Soldiers prior to the start of the evaluation June 9, 2012 at Birmingham, Ala. If selected, the FSC team will represent the 412th TEC in the Department of the Army Connelly Awards competition.

    CW4 Danny L. Tindle, USARC Food Service...

    CW4 Danny L. Tindle, USARC Food Service Technician, briefs the 926 BN FSC Soldiers prior to the start of the evaluation June 9, 2012 at Birmingham, Ala. If selected, the FSC team will represent the 412th TEC in the Department of the Army Connelly...

  • CW4 Danny L. Tindle, USARC Food Service Technician, inspects the Sanitation Tent as Staff Sgt. Wardell Davis, Food Service and Field Sanitation Team NCOIC, 926 BN FSC, looks on. Davis' team is being evaluated for a chance to be selected and compete in this year's Connelly Awards competition.

    CW4 Danny L. Tindle, USARC Food Service...

    CW4 Danny L. Tindle, USARC Food Service Technician, inspects the Sanitation Tent as Staff Sgt. Wardell Davis, Food Service and Field Sanitation Team NCOIC, 926 BN FSC, looks on. Davis' team is being evaluated for a chance to be selected and compete in...

  • CW4 Danny Tindle of USARC climbs to inspect drinking water standards as Sgt. Boyd, a member of the 926 BN FSC Field Sanitation Team, checks testing equipment June 9, 2012 at Birmingham, Ala. If selected, the FSC team will represent the 412th TEC in the Department of the Army Connelly Awards competition.

    CW4 Danny Tindle of USARC climbs to inspect...

    CW4 Danny Tindle of USARC climbs to inspect drinking water standards as Sgt. Boyd, a member of the 926 BN FSC Field Sanitation Team, checks testing equipment June 9, 2012 at Birmingham, Ala. If selected, the FSC team will represent the 412th TEC in the...

  • The 926th Engineer Battalion Forward Support Company on evaluation day for a chance to compete in the DA phase of the Philip A. Connelly Awards Program this year.

    The 926th Engineer Battalion Forward Support...

    The 926th Engineer Battalion Forward Support Company on evaluation day for a chance to compete in the DA phase of the Philip A. Connelly Awards Program this year.

  • The Food Service team, led by First Cook Spc. Jerica Chatman, prepares lunch for 50 Soldiers as part of their 'tactical feeding' evaluation by USARC June 9, 2012 at Birmingham, Ala. If selected, the FSC team will represent the 412th TEC in the Department of the Army Connelly Awards competition.

    The Food Service team, led by First Cook Spc...

    The Food Service team, led by First Cook Spc. Jerica Chatman, prepares lunch for 50 Soldiers as part of their 'tactical feeding' evaluation by USARC June 9, 2012 at Birmingham, Ala. If selected, the FSC team will represent the 412th TEC in the...

  • First Cook Spc. Jerica Chatman, 926 FSC BN Food Service, prepares her grandma's banana pudding recipe as a special treat for their tactical feeding evaluation. If selected by USARC as one of the Top 4, the FSC team will represent the 412th TEC in the Department of the Army Connelly Awards competition.

    First Cook Spc. Jerica Chatman, 926 FSC BN Food...

    First Cook Spc. Jerica Chatman, 926 FSC BN Food Service, prepares her grandma's banana pudding recipe as a special treat for their tactical feeding evaluation. If selected by USARC as one of the Top 4, the FSC team will represent the 412th TEC in the...

  • Soldiers wait in line for lunch as USARC evalutes the 926 BN FSC Food Service and Field Sanitation team for quality and effective tactical feeding. If selected in the USARC Top 4, the FSC team will represent the 412th TEC in the Department of the Army Connelly Awards competition.

    Soldiers wait in line for lunch as USARC...

    Soldiers wait in line for lunch as USARC evalutes the 926 BN FSC Food Service and Field Sanitation team for quality and effective tactical feeding. If selected in the USARC Top 4, the FSC team will represent the 412th TEC in the Department of the Army...

  • Soldiers wash their hands before picking up a hot meal prepared by the a 926th BN FSC team being evauated for a chance to compete in this year's Philip A. Connelly Awards Program June 9, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala.

    Soldiers wash their hands before picking up a...

    Soldiers wash their hands before picking up a hot meal prepared by the a 926th BN FSC team being evauated for a chance to compete in this year's Philip A. Connelly Awards Program June 9, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala.

  • The 926 BN FSC Food Service team serves up a hot meal for 50 Soldiers as part of their tactical feeding evaluation by USARC June 9, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala. The 9-Soldier team has a chance to compete in the Department of the Army Connelly Awards competition.

    The 926 BN FSC Food Service team serves up a...

    The 926 BN FSC Food Service team serves up a hot meal for 50 Soldiers as part of their tactical feeding evaluation by USARC June 9, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala. The 9-Soldier team has a chance to compete in the Department of the Army Connelly Awards...

  • The 926 BN FSC Food Service team serves up a hot meal as part of their tactical feeding evaluation by USARC June 9, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala. The 9-Soldier team has a chance to compete in this year's Connelly Awards competition.

    The 926 BN FSC Food Service team serves up a...

    The 926 BN FSC Food Service team serves up a hot meal as part of their tactical feeding evaluation by USARC June 9, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala. The 9-Soldier team has a chance to compete in this year's Connelly Awards competition.

  • Soldiers enjoy a hot meal prepared by the 926 BN FSC Food Service team June 9, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala. USARC was on site to evaluate the Food Service and Field Sanitation team for a slot to compete in this year's Connelly Awards competition.

    Soldiers enjoy a hot meal prepared by the 926...

    Soldiers enjoy a hot meal prepared by the 926 BN FSC Food Service team June 9, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala. USARC was on site to evaluate the Food Service and Field Sanitation team for a slot to compete in this year's Connelly Awards competition.

  • CW4 Danny Tindle and 1st Sgt. Anthony Duckett congratulate the 926 BN FSC Food Service team following the conclusion of the USARC evaluation process June 9, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala.

    CW4 Danny Tindle and 1st Sgt. Anthony Duckett...

    CW4 Danny Tindle and 1st Sgt. Anthony Duckett congratulate the 926 BN FSC Food Service team following the conclusion of the USARC evaluation process June 9, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (June 9, 2012) - Soldiers from the 926th Engineer Battalion Forward Support Company, 926th Engineer Brigade, 412th Theater Engineer Command, were out in full force today to show they have what it takes to compete in the 2013 Philip A. Connelly Awards Program.

In setting up for the USARC evaluation, they wasted no time putting up a containerized kitchen and laying out other equipment in a public park across from the reserve center, and worked feverishly around the clock to ensure no stone was left unturned. Exceeding all requirements to pass today's test and make it to the next round were the priority for the day.

"I'm very proud of my team. Our Soldiers work extremely hard every year. We're very excited to be here, and to have this opportunity to enhance and test our skill set and possibly to compete at the next level," said Staff Sgt. Wardell Davis, 926th team leader and Food Service NCOIC.

But to get to the next level, the Department of the Army phase, the 926th FSC team needs to pass the current evaluation conducted under the watchful eye of Chief Warrant Officer Danny Tindel, Food Service Technician from the U.S. Army Reserve Command.

Tindel spent several hours observing cooks and field sanitation members in action, sometimes from afar and sometimes directly engaging with them as they go about their normal routine. Communication centered on testing their knowledge about field kitchen operation and sanitation standard.

Soldiers were evaluated on a myriad of criteria ranging from accounting procedures, field sanitation, command support, appearance, serving, kitchen site selection and layout, equipment and food preparation.

It's important that they are aware of the standard and actually practice what we preach for health and safety reasons, said Tindel.

One Soldier who takes this lesson to heart is First Cook Spc. Jerica Chatman, who also works as a chef at the University of Alabama hospital.

"Cooking is my passion. It's taking care of people. So it's important that everything has to be done right, at all times, in our line of work," said the mother of two and a native of Pell City, Ala.

Chatman and her team cooked up a hot meal for 50 people that included rice, green salad, stirred fried vegetables, chicken and banana pudding.

"Food was great. They continue to improve each time," said one satisfied Soldier.

The 926th Soldiers were acknowledged for their great effort and received certificates from USARC G4. If they make the USARC's Top 4 cut by July, they will represent the 412th TEC in the 'Army Reserve Field Kitchen' category. The DA phase of the evaluation is conducted 1 October to 15 December, with the overall winner to be announced in March 2013.

The Connelly Awards program is governed by AR 30-22 and is managed by the Quartermaster Center and School's Army Center of Excellence, Subsistence, and cosponsored by the International Food Service Executives Association and the Department of the Army.

The award is designed to improve food service operations and to recognize excellence in Army mess halls and during field kitchen operations.

The Department of the Army and the International Food Service Executives Association established the Phillip A. Connelly Memorial Awards Program in 1968. The program is named in honor of the late Phillip A. Connelly, a former president of IFSEA.

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