MCHMilitary Club & Hospitality

Highlights of the JUNE 2012 Issue




Rocky Mountain Hybrid —
Air Force Opens First Combined VQ/TLF

Rocky Mountain Lodge General Manager Joshua Coleman believes that opening the first “hybrid” facility in the Air Force is advantageous on many fronts.

The newest lodging facility in the Air Force, located at Buckley AFB, Colo., is a combined 150- room visiting quarters (VQ)/temporary lodging facility (TLF) that serves two types of military travelers in one location.

Cost Savings and Convenience

Coleman explained that the decision to combine the VQ and TLF into one facility was made primarily due to the cost savings involved and the convenience it provides for guests.

“The hybrid aspect was considered to reduce costs by constructing one facility that covered both extended-stay requirements for military families and the visiting quarters for transient military personnel traveling on business,” he said. “Having worked in and run lodging operations at three other bases scattered across the Air Force, of which each base had as many as 14 different buildings ranging in age from 25 to over 100 years old, being a hybrid single facility makes a world of difference.” ...



CONFERENCE PREVIEW: Food and Beverage Workshop —
Nutrition ... Fueling Performance and Profits

Military food and beverage (F&B) managers looking to deliver more nutritious and profitable nonappropriated-fund (NAF) and appropriated-fund (APF) operations will converge in San Antonio, Texas , next month as the Air Force Personnel Center's (AFPC's) Food and Beverage (F&B) Division hosts its fifth annual Armed Forces Food and Beverage Workshop.

Held in conjunction with the International Military Community Executives Association's (IMCEA's) trade show, the conference takes place July 15-20 at the Crowne Plaza Riverwalk Hotel. IMCEA hosts its trade show on Wednesday, July 18, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, showcasing an estimated 150 food and beverage vendors.

This year's workshop will feature a solid lineup of presenters from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), as well as other F&B and related industry professionals discussing topics relevant to improving NAF and APF food and beverage operations.

In addition, the training workshop includes ServSafe certification (for Food and Alcohol), the IMCEA professional Certified Military Community Executive (CMCE) review session and certification exam, career opportunity presentations and specialized training breakout sessions. ...



SUMMER BEVERAGES: Beating the Summer Heat —
New Age Beverages Remain Top Choice in AAFES Stores

Water, carbonated soft drinks and other nonalcoholic beverages continue to be top sellers at Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) stores during the hot summer months.

AAFES Senior Buyer Vicki Venables said that in 2011, nonalcoholic beverage sales during the prime summer period of June through September — including the full summer and a small part of both the spring and fall seasons — totaled $99.74 million, up 4 percent from the same period in 2010.

New Age beverages — including energy drinks — have surged to the top of AAFES's nonalcoholic beverage sales chart during recent years, and these beverages were firmly in the No.1 spot on the list during 2011.

Venables noted that the “New Age” beverage segment consists of any drinks that have supplements or natural ingredients added. This includes energy drinks, coffee drinks “and the new innovative beverages that are enhanced with vitamins and supplements to offer functionality.” ...