Gate City-based 1032nd Trans. Co. wins national food service award

Soldiers from the Gate-City based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group prepare an evening meal for the national-level Philip A. Connelly Awards for Excellence in Army Food Service in the Army National Guard Field Kitchen category Nov. 2, 2012, at Fort Pickett.  (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the Gate-City based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group prepare an evening meal for the national-level Philip A. Connelly Awards for Excellence in Army Food Service in the Army National Guard Field Kitchen category Nov. 2, 2012, at Fort Pickett. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Gate-City based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group has won the Department of the Army Philip A. Connelly Award For Excellence In Army Food Service in the Army National Guard Field Kitchen Category, according to an announcement made May 13, 2013, by the Department of the Army. The award is another recent national recognition of the Virginia National Guard.

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced April 20, 2013, that two Virginia National Guard battalions have been recognized as the best in the nation by the National Guard Association and the Association of the United States Army, and a Virginia Guard military police company earned the highest marksmanship scores in the nation.

“The Virginia National Guard has once again demonstrated that they are among the best in the nation,” said Governor Bob McDonnell. “The men and women of the Guard have exhibited outstanding leadership and tremendous effort on behalf of our citizens, and I am pleased that they have been recognized with these national awards. Our Virginia Guard has demonstrated time and time again their high state of readiness for both state and federal missions, and these awards recognize the high standards they maintain.”

Long announced that the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has been named the Walter T. Kerwin Readiness Award winner for the 2012 training year by AUSA and is named the most combat ready battalion in the country, and the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion has been named the Milton A. Reckord Award winner for the 2012 training year by NGAUS. The Virginia Beach-based 229th Military Police Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group earned the national-level Pershing Award for marksmanship excellence for the highest marksmanship scores in annual qualification with assigned individual weapons.

National Guard Bureau notified Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, of the selections in a memorandum dated March 1, 2013. The Reckord Award and the Pershing Award will be presented at the NGAUS Conference in August and the Kerwin Award will be presented at the AUSA Conference in October.

“I continue to be very impressed with the hard work that goes into the high state of readiness maintained by the Virginia National Guard. I am proud to see so many units recognized for training excellence,” said Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker. “The national-level recognition of two of our battalions is just another example of how the Virginia Guard ranks among the best in the country, and it should inspire further confidence in the Guard’s already well-earned reputation that we can count on them to rapidly respond and to assist citizens of the Commonwealth when called to duty by the Governor. Our Guard continues to demonstrate its tremendous capabilities to support domestic operations as well as its federal mission of military operations around the world.”

The Phillip A. Connelly Award is a Department of the Army food service program. The International Food Service Executives Association and the Department of the Army co-sponsor the program administered by the Army Center of Excellence, Subsistence. The program achieves improvements in the quality of food service by inspiring competition to adhere to regulations and guidelines. The Connelly competition uses a point system to determine the winner. Each competing unit began with a set amount of points and that number decreased throughout the grading.

Soldiers from the 1032nd Transportation Company prepared an evening meal for the competition Nov. 2, 2012, at Fort Pickett after winning the regional competition earlier in the year. They were one of seven regional winners competing at the national level. The 1032nd last won the same award in 2009, and was the national runner-up in the 2012 competition after missing the top spot by just three points.

Since 2006, a Virginia Guard unit has won the award three times and has been runner up twice.

According to the Connelly announcement message, “The food service staffs of these units deserve special recognition for their contributions toward improving the Army’s Food service program and for their superior efforts in enhancing the quality of food service provided to our warfighters. All finalists displayed high standards of excellence, were very competitive, and are to be congratulated for their outstanding performance.”

For the Milton A. Reckord Award, the battalion must have demonstrated superior performance in the areas of personnel strength, retention, duty Military Occupational Specialty qualification, individual and crew served weapons qualification, the Army Physical Fitness Test, drill weekend attendance and annual training attendance. The battalion, along with its organic units, must have demonstrated a commitment to the welfare of its members and their families and to its communities during the training year for which being nominated.

The National Guard Association, the Association of the United States Army, and the Reserve Officers Association of the United States present the Walter T. Kerwin Readiness Award jointly to the Army National Guard unit with the highest level of readiness in the country. The Chief of National Guard Bureau selects the Army National Guard winner.

Evaluation criteria for the Kerwin award include the areas of assigned personnel strength, percentage of personnel qualified in their duty position, attendance at monthly drill weekends and annual training, individual weapons qualification scores and physical fitness test scores. Battalions also must have an effective maintenance program for all units and must achieve readiness objectives as outlined by U.S. Forces Command.

Philip A Connelly was born in Framingham, Massachusetts in June 1907, Philip A. Connelly became a leader in his chosen profession – Food Service Management. He worked diligently and earnestly throughout his life to promote professionalism in food service, in both the civilian industry and military services. As a result of his dedicated purpose and positive influence, civilian and military food service programs are more closely aligned and personnel in these programs now have uniform goals in education training, career development and job opportunities. This program is his legacy.

The Kerwin award was named for retired Gen. Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., who served as the first commander of United States Forces Command and also as Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 1974 to 1978. Kerwin was a strong advocate of the “One Army,” or “Total Army,” concept that recognized the important role of the National Guard and U. S. Army Reserve. The plans and programs he set in motion resulted in a significant improvement in the readiness of reserve components.

Milton A. Reckord commanded the 115th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division during World War I and was appointed Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard in 1920. In 1934, while still serving as Maryland’s Adjutant General, he assumed command of the 29th Infantry Division. After World War II, Reckord returned to his post as the Adjutant General of Maryland and continued to serve as Adjutant General until his retirement in 1966. During the years between the First and Second World War, Reckord was a leading advocate for increasing the role of the National Guard in the United States’ national defensive strategy. In 1933, he authored legislation that permanently gave National Guard personnel status as both state and federal troops.

Since September 11, 2001, the Virginia National Guard has successfully mobilized more than 15,000 Soldiers and Airmen for missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo and other locations across the world as well as homeland defense missions in the United States. Since 2001, more than 7,300 Virginia Guard personnel have responded to fires, floods, hurricanes, snow storms and other natural disasters assisting citizens of the Commonwealth as well other states in their time of need.

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