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

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presents the Department of the Army Philip A. Connelly Award For Excellence In Army Food Service in the Army National Guard Field Kitchen Category to representatives of the Gate-City based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group July 24, 2013, in Sandston. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presents the Department of the Army Philip A. Connelly Award For Excellence In Army Food Service in the Army National Guard Field Kitchen Category to representatives of the Gate-City based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group July 24, 2013, in Sandston. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Gate-City based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group received the Department of the Army Philip A. Connelly Award For Excellence In Army Food Service in the Army National Guard Field Kitchen Category July 24, 2013, in Sandston. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented the award to representatives of the company and its food service section.

“This is another example of how the Virginia National Guard has proven to be among the best in the nation in many different areas,” Long said. “I know that a great deal of hard work goes into being competitive for this award, and it sets a high standard that other units want to follow. We appreciate what these Soldiers do for their unit and what the quality of their food service operation means to Soldiers training in the field.”

The official announcement for the award was made May 13, 2013, by the Department of the Army. 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.

“I am proud of Sgt. 1st Class Vanessa Jones and her Connelly team,” said Maj. Timothy Pillion, commander of the 1030th Transportation Battalion. “They dedicated countless hours to prepare for and compete in the Connelly competition, and this award is evidence of their commitment to food service and to providing quality meals for their unit.”

Pillion said the 1032nd Transportation Company has a proud tradition of providing excellent food service for their soldiers and they continues to carry on that tradition.

“This is the second time the 1032nd has won the Connelly, and they have also been national runner up,” he said. “I have no doubt we will see them win this prestigious award again,” he said.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

The Connelly Award is another recent national recognition of the Virginia National Guard. Long 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.

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.

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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