Renovated dining facility in Qatar named Army’s best for large garrisons
The dining facility at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, has been named the best large garrison facility in the Army, marking the first time the award has gone to a camp in a deployed location.
The Area Support Group Qatar dining facility won the Phillip A. Connelly Award on Thursday, officials said.
“Anytime you apply hard work, teamwork and dedication, it always equals success,” Chief Warrant Officer Verona Williams, the installation food service officer and a native of Columbus, Ga., was quoted as saying in a news release announcing the award.
The dining facility was inspected on Dec. 6 after winning regional awards for eateries that provide service to more than 300 people per day. The facility had recently undergone a series of improvements and renovations.
According to garrison officials, ASG-QA spent more than $200,000 on the improvements to the facility.
The inspection team included the Connelly Award project manager from Fort Bliss, Texas, a senior food service warrant officer and an International Food Service Executives Association representative. The IFSEA is a food service trade association and helps judge the awards each year.
According to the judges, they inspected eight finalists on bases throughout the world: Europe, South Korea, Hawaii, Washington, Georgia, Virginia and Texas.
The criteria for the judges included food preparation, service, sanitation, administration, “troop acceptability,” training programs and command support. The dining facility at ASG-QA is run by a combination of contractors and servicemembers, officials said.
“The inspectors got a real picture of what we do every day,” Williams said. “The whole camp community was genuine with their praises and concerns.”
The Qatar base is known mainly as the location of the U.S. Central Command Rest and Recuperation Pass Program, which gives warfighters a short break from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.