Ft Bragg Updates Dining Options ahead of ArmyWide Revamp

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Army is refashioning the food service options it offers as it contends with force reductions and increasing competition from restaurants located inside and outside an installation’s gates, but Fort Bragg officials are confident that none of the post’s dining facilities will be shuttered as they’ve already taken steps to update their offerings.“We’re sitting in a good place right now,” James Ramey, food program manager at the installation’s Logistics Readiness Center, told the Fayetteville Observer.The post has incorporated a number of ideas included in an executive order issued last year that was intended to trim Army spending on installation support, including revamping menus, offering healthier food and expanding service outside of traditional dining facilities.“We always have to improve. If we don’t change and evolve, the customer might go away. We have to offer them what they want, when they want it,” Ramey said.The executive order called for closing 14 dining facilities, shrinking the floor space of 45 facilities and transitioning smaller facilities to larger ones. Fort Bragg features 16 dining facilities which operate at a capacity above 80 percent.Cooks tweaked the healthy menu at the 2nd Brigade and 18th Field Artillery Brigade dining facility by cutting out sodium, focusing on all-natural ingredients, and shifting from frozen and canned foods to fresh choices. Within the first month, the number of people choosing the healthy bar increased from 50 to 150, according to the story.Earlier this month, Fort Bragg opened its first drive-thru window as part of the Army’s push to make its dining facilities more attractive to soldiers.last_img

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