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Highlights of the August 2013 Issue


DLA TROOP SUPPORT:
Keeping Subsistence On Course

 

A Warfighter's Experience Helps
Guide a Transition

Shortly after becoming director of subsistence at Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support last May, Col. Robert King, USA, prepared for an upcoming short visit to Afghanistan where he would assist in making a smooth transition to the region's new subsistence prime vendor.

“My job is to facilitate that transition and make sure that it is synchronized, organized, coordinated so that it is seamless to the warfighters, it is seamless to the customers out there,” said King.

In his new role as director of subsistence at DLA, succeeding Capt. Michael Hansen, SC, USN, who retired on June 21, King is facilitating transition on a much greater scale.

DLA Troop Support is moving to reduce costs and properly size itself while continuing to support its customers. King sees his role as keeping Subsistence headed in the right direction, and defines the overall challenge facing DLA as needing to pare down infrastructure and keep cost recovery rates within reason while continuing to support customers as they expect.

“We have to be able to scale our operations to meet our requirements,” he said. “It's really about trying to anticipate where we're headed, to anticipate what the requirements are going to be to support the warfighters and our other customers out there, and to anticipate and be ahead of the problems so we eliminate some excesses.” ...

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FOOD FOCUS — BREAKFAST: MASTERING HEALTHY OPTIONS —
Marine Corps Menu Is Prepared for Revised DoD Standard

 

When the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) last reviewed and revised its master menu in 2012, the primary focus was to continue increasing healthy options, such as featuring more foods that are lower in total, saturated and trans fats.

Having set that course, the Marine Corps already has a wide variety of healthy options available and anticipates it will not have to make dramatic changes when revised Department of Defense (DoD) menu standards are released once the final review is complete.

No release date has been announced, but the revised DoD menu standards contain a range of recommendations organized across many food categories, such as vegetables, fruits, grains, meats, dairy, etc.

The Marine Corps updates its master menu at least every three years. It also reviews menus annually and makes changes in response to customer feedback collected through patron surveys, as well as market trends and updated scientific evidence.

As a result, the USMC recipe database consistently provides a wide variety of healthy options. The USMC follows a 21-day menu cycle except for breakfast, which is typically on a weekly rotation because of the more limited variety of items. ...

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