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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Reservists from the 419th Force Support Squadron competed in the annual John L. Hennessy Competition, a four-hour event that saw eight Airmen from the Sustainment Services Flight simulate lunch services at a deployed location at the ‘before.

The competition included inspecting a pallet, building a tent kitchen and dining area, cooking unitized group rations, and serving meals to 100 Airmen.

“The Hennessy Contest is a test that challenges our food teams to build from bare-bones and quickly feed the troops,” said Senior Master Sgt. Toni Paine, senior enlisted manager of the 419th FSS.

FSS Airmen provided members of the 419th Fighter Wing with a Saint Patrick’s Day themed meal. They were judged remotely on food service management, force readiness support, food quality, employee and customer relations, resource conservation, training and safety.

Since inspectors could not attend the tasting in person, customers completed a survey at the end of their meals to rate the food, and inspectors conducted virtual interviews with customers and FSS Airmen.

The Air Force Reserve Command chooses the top three teams from reserve units to compete, so even being chosen to participate is an accomplishment, Paine said. The winning team is expected to be announced in May.

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