SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – The highly anticipated
Food 2.0, formally known as Food Transformation Initiative, is scheduled to
commence in December, after the Nightingale Dining Facility’s re-opening, and
will bring Scott’s Airmen many more opportunities to suit their dining needs.
The Air Force is trying to convert “institutional-style
feeding platforms” to feeding stations similar to those found on college
“Campus-style dining is designed to allow Airmen on
essential station messing to eat at the dining facility or any of the other
force support squadron's non-appropriated fund morale, welfare, and recreation
food and beverage outlets on base,” said Fred McKenney, the chief of Air Force
Food and Beverage. “It provides Airmen the option to use their meal card
entitlement at more convenient locations to where they work or reside.”
The new initiative increases food variety at the
dining facility and allows dorm Airmen to eat at other FSS establishments,
similar to campus dining, on base. These include: Zeppelins, Stars and Stripes
Bowling Center, Common Grounds, Rickenbackers and Cardinal Creek Golf Course.
Robert Jones, 375th Force Support Squadron food
service officer, said that the changes to the dining facility are important
because Airmen's needs, lifestyles and culinary preferences are changing.
A new counter station called “The Global,” will serve as
a Mongolian barbeque or a personal burrito station throughout the week.
Upgrades will also feature ovens used to make personal pizzas in less than two
Items will be added to both the salad bar and grill,
and plans for a smoothie bar are in the works as well. The partition walls will
be opened up for seating area. The floor and wall tiles as well as the
carpeting will be renovated.
Food 2.0 will also make the dining facility open to
all Team Scott members including service members, dependents, civilians and
retirees. The facility currently serves approximately 400 customers per day but
will change significantly once opened to the base population.
Jones suggests that during the DFAC closure Airmen
should dine at one of the future campus dining venues.
“The [FSS dining locations] have updated menus, are
reasonably priced, conveniently located and have a delicious variety of food
items available,” said Jones.