Roach Coaches are coming for hungry GIs on the range

Food trucks coming to these six bases for soldiers out on the range

By: Kyle Rempfer

22 July 2019

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The Army is bringing food trucks to soldiers at six bases.



The initiative is intended to help soldiers training on ranges and other remote locations get meals without “leaving the base for fast food or making a long trip back to a dining facility while training,” a Defense Logistics Agency release reads.

The trucks are heading to Fort Drum, New York; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Hood, Texas; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort Riley, Kansas; and Fort Bliss, Texas.

All six trucks are expected to be delivered by the end of the year.

A pilot program already fielded the trucks to Fort Stewart, Georgia, and Fort Carson, Colorado, in 2017.

“The feedback we are receiving is extremely favorable," Lt. Col. Byron Coleman, director of the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence, said last year regarding the pilot program. “We have discovered the need for some minor equipment modifications to the trucks for efficiency and are making these changes as they are identified.”

The equipment modifications on the new trucks included closing the gaps between the stainless steel appliances and counters so food and debris wouldn’t fall in between, as well as upgrading the ventilation, air conditioning and heating systems, according to the release.

During the pilot program, the food trucks offered burgers, tacos, salads and rice bowls made to order, along with sides and drinks.

The contract for the six trucks totaled $1.35 million and was awarded in April 2019.

The first truck was sent to Fort Drum on July 9 to provide a training platform for the Army’s Joint Culinary Center of Excellence staff, who will then train other cooks at the six bases, according to the release.

The bases receiving the new food trucks were chosen because they are considered “food deserts,” Jose Millan, a senior food systems analyst with the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence, said in the release.

All the food trucks will be named “The Culinary Outpost,” and are planned to serve between 200 and 300 troops per meal, three times a day, the release said.

Soldiers can purchase three to five meal options by swiping their common access card at the trucks or by paying in cash. The meal prices will be comparable to the rates at regular dining facilities.

Each truck will come with various appliances, such as panini presses, air fryers and digital menus with touch screens for soldiers to make custom changes to orders.

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Kyle Rempfer is a senior reporter for Military Times. He previously served as an Air Force combat controller. Kyle's reporting focuses on U.S. Army leadership, recruiting, operations, training, personnel and funding.
 
If I'd known there was such demand, I would have volunteered my services with a couple of hay boxes filled with range stew served from next to a Land Rover exhaust.
 
Been to the roach coach @ Hood in 83 and at Drum in 88 while at ranges. Ft Dix NJ always had them. Sometimes better than the Issue
 

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CETC Hamelns legendary butty wagon run by the WO2s wife (phoar) somehow always knew where we were before we did!
 
Because Americans always need greater access to calories.



 
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Army’s Joint Culinary Center of Excellence staff, who will then train other cooks at the six bases, according to the release.

....and what did we get....The ACC .....Aldershot cement company....Andy caps commandoes. Hells teeth! the yanks don't piss about, don't get me wrong, I ate some bloody great scoff on camp and out on exercises, and now I read on these threads, about the dire and disgusting fare served up to todays army, by no interest civvie company's.... Culinary centre for excellence,...... says it all.....where the fruck did it all go so terribly wrong?
 
Memory jog:- At 22 Sigs, (BFPO 107) we deployed to the field, the CO the legendary J*** A****** SAS, arranged for the local boxhead bratty wagon to appear at a certain time at a certain place out in the Swallenberg forest, at the exact time and place he appeared, and for several hours we all had a little welcome respite, from the rigors of being buggered about on exercises.
 

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The initiative is intended to help soldiers training on ranges and other remote locations get meals without “leaving the base for fast food or making a long trip back to a dining facility while training,” a Defense Logistics Agency release reads.

The trucks are heading to Fort Drum, New York; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Hood, Texas; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort Riley, Kansas; and Fort Bliss, Texas.

All six trucks are expected to be delivered by the end of the ye


Food trucks coming to these six bases for soldiers out on the range

By: Kyle Rempfer

22 July 2019

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The Army is bringing food trucks to soldiers at six bases.



The initiative is intended to help soldiers training on ranges and other remote locations get meals without “leaving the base for fast food or making a long trip back to a dining facility while training,” a Defense Logistics Agency release reads.

The trucks are heading to Fort Drum, New York; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Hood, Texas; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort Riley, Kansas; and Fort Bliss, Texas.

All six trucks are expected to be delivered by the end of the year.

A pilot program already fielded the trucks to Fort Stewart, Georgia, and Fort Carson, Colorado, in 2017.

“The feedback we are receiving is extremely favorable," Lt. Col. Byron Coleman, director of the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence, said last year regarding the pilot program. “We have discovered the need for some minor equipment modifications to the trucks for efficiency and are making these changes as they are identified.”

The equipment modifications on the new trucks included closing the gaps between the stainless steel appliances and counters so food and debris wouldn’t fall in between, as well as upgrading the ventilation, air conditioning and heating systems, according to the release.

During the pilot program, the food trucks offered burgers, tacos, salads and rice bowls made to order, along with sides and drinks.

The contract for the six trucks totaled $1.35 million and was awarded in April 2019.

The first truck was sent to Fort Drum on July 9 to provide a training platform for the Army’s Joint Culinary Center of Excellence staff, who will then train other cooks at the six bases, according to the release.

The bases receiving the new food trucks were chosen because they are considered “food deserts,” Jose Millan, a senior food systems analyst with the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence, said in the release.

All the food trucks will be named “The Culinary Outpost,” and are planned to serve between 200 and 300 troops per meal, three times a day, the release said.

Soldiers can purchase three to five meal options by swiping their common access card at the trucks or by paying in cash. The meal prices will be comparable to the rates at regular dining facilities.

Each truck will come with various appliances, such as panini presses, air fryers and digital menus with touch screens for soldiers to make custom changes to orders.

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About Kyle Rempfer

Kyle Rempfer is a senior reporter for Military Times. He previously served as an Air Force combat controller. Kyle's reporting focuses on U.S. Army leadership, recruiting, operations, training, personnel and funding.



You have to hand it to the yanks, they don't piss about, designed from the floor up, money no object, to serve a good menu range, hand built to exact specifications, several different payment methods, trained staff, and it looks the part. The British equivalent would be a knackered old second hand ford transit, from Arthur Daly, some myopic Ex NAFFI-EFI old boiler, with eczema and dandruff, exact money only, " Sorry love we don't sell that, this, them, those, " would be the standard response. All overseen by a committee of Ex Military VSO's whose wife's have shares in the Civvie company that supply the half dozen wagons that trundle around, and always break down, on the training areas....cynical, me, never, perish the thought, as if.....
 
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The initiative is intended to help soldiers training on ranges and other remote locations get meals without “leaving the base for fast food or making a long trip back to a dining facility while training,” a Defense Logistics Agency release reads.

The trucks are heading to Fort Drum, New York; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Hood, Texas; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort Riley, Kansas; and Fort Bliss, Texas.

All six trucks are expected to be delivered by the end of the ye







You have to hand it to the yanks, they don't piss about, designed from the floor up, money no object, to serve a good menu range, hand built to exact specifications, several different payment methods, trained staff, and it looks the part. The British equivalent would be a knackered old second hand ford transit, from Arthur Daly, some myopic Ex NAFFI-EFI old boiler, with eczema and dandruff, exact money only, " Sorry love we don't sell that, this, them, those, " would be the standard response. All overseen by a committee of Ex Military VSO's whose wife's have shares in the Civvie company that supply the half dozen wagons that trundle around, and always break down, on the training areas....cynical, me, never, perish the thought, as if.....
For all the bells and whistles, I can't imagine that you'd get a decent cuppa char.
 
It was always nice to set off in the dead of night without lights to reach the "highly secret" next location, only to find that the Sally Anne truck was already there with a welcoming cuppa.

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