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Osan SVS aims to be 'Best in AF'

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --  Airman Jason Relik, 51st Services Squadron, prepares paprika beef for dinner Tuesday. Airman Relik is a food service apprentice at the Pacific House Dining Facility here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Airman Jason Relik, 51st Services Squadron, prepares paprika beef for dinner Tuesday. Airman Relik is a food service apprentice at the Pacific House Dining Facility here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --  Airman 1st Class Randell Perrio, 51st Services Squadron, prepares dough for apple cobbler before dinner Feb. 6. Airman 1st Class Perrio is a food service specialist at the Pacific House Dining Hall here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Airman 1st Class Randell Perrio, 51st Services Squadron, prepares dough for apple cobbler before dinner Feb. 6. Airman 1st Class Perrio is a food service specialist at the Pacific House Dining Hall here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --  Senior Airman Heather Kendrick, 51st Services Squadron, shelves pancake mix in the Pacific House Dining Facility storeroom Feb. 6. As the storeroom manager, Senior Airman Kendrick is in charge of all of the food inventory for the dining facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Senior Airman Heather Kendrick, 51st Services Squadron, shelves pancake mix in the Pacific House Dining Facility storeroom Feb. 6. As the storeroom manager, Senior Airman Kendrick is in charge of all of the food inventory for the dining facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --  Senior Airman Jose Sierra, 51st Services Squadron, slices onions for a paprika beef dish Feb. 6. Senior Airman Sierra is a food service specialist at the Pacific House Dining Facility here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Senior Airman Jose Sierra, 51st Services Squadron, slices onions for a paprika beef dish Feb. 6. Senior Airman Sierra is a food service specialist at the Pacific House Dining Facility here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The 51st Services Squadron food service operation will get a chance to show they're the best when the John L. Hennessy Award team visits Osan Sunday through Feb. 16.

The John L. Hennessy trophy is an annual award presented to the Air Force installation, in single and multiple categories, having the best food service program in the Air Force, said Master Sgt. Alan Lis, 51st SVS. Osan is competing in the multiple-category level.

"The award is based on the entire scope of an installation's food service program," said Master Sgt. Lis. "This means exhibiting excellence in kitchen operations, serving and dining operations, training, personnel and readiness, sanitation and repair maintenance, and management effectiveness."

Osan will compete against four other bases in the multiple-category level, including Keesler AFB, RAF Mildenhall AB, Hill AFB, Fairchild AFB and Mountain Home AFB. They have already proven themselves at the Pacific Air Forces level.

"The 51st Services Squadron took home the 2006 and 2007 Food Service Excellency Awards, affirming we are the best in PACAF," said Maj. Todd Alcott, 51st SVS commander. "The Hennessy tradition of excellence is reflected in everything we do."

Osan has three dining facilities, one flight kitchen and a carry-out facility. The services squadron also manages one of the Air Force's largest MRE accounts, valued at $1.6 million.

"Osan runs the largest military food service operation in the PACAF, serving more than 150,000 meals per month," said Major Alcott. "Whether you're in one of our comfortable facilities or in the field, we help ensure Team Osan is 'Ready to Fight Tonight!'"