CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - It was time to spice up Camp Arifjan.
In honor of the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command’s arrival in Kuwait and Hispanic Heritage Month, a special meal was prepared in the Zone 2 dining facility Oct. 5.
“Because we are so new to the chow hall here, we wanted to come in and put our own spin on things, and come in and add to the meal that was already being prepared,” said Sgt. 1st Class Scott Howard of Helena, Mont., food service non-commissioned officer in charge with the 364th ESC.
“We wanted to put a little spice or a little flavor into everything we made,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Harry Acevedo, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, the 364th ESC’s food service technician.
Howard said his troops were eager to make their mark at the dining facility.
“We made a salsa, a tortilla soup and a Spanish rice to put our own spin on it,” he said, “and kinda let ‘em know that we are here.”
The 364th ESC will be assuming responsibility for the Zone 2 and the Zone 6 dining facilities sometime in October. Howard said they were in the process of learning how the chow halls are run, and they were anxious to make the dining facilities their own.
“We are shadowing the people that are here,” he said. “We are trying to learn the processes that they use.
“They are showing us the down and dirty stuff we have to do on a daily basis,” Howard added. “When they leave, it will be the 364th chow hall, and we are going to put our own stamp on it.”
The Zone 2 and Zone 6 dining facilities on Camp Arifjan serve an average of 1,000 people per meal. The 364th ESC will have oversight over these dining facilities and will be responsible for the quality of all the food served.
The 364th ESC’s goal is to ensure the quality of meals given to soldiers will remain the same or better than when the 364th took responsibility, Acevedo said.
“This is a customer-related military occupational specialty,” he said. “Food is very important for [soldier] morale support. So we try to feed people and make them as comfortable as possible. We try to bring them a little bit of home; that way, their time goes faster.
“We are in DFAC Zone 2 and Zone 6, and we’re going to try to provide the best quality meal you can have. Come visit us,” he added.