Air Base kicks off New Year with renovations

Colonel Terrence Adams, left, 628th Air Base Wing commander, joins Lt. Col. Jacqueline Sukhlall, second from right, Air Force Services Activity Operations Directorate deputy director, along with civilian contractors to mark the opening of the Gaylor Dining Facility Feb. 1, 2019, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The dining facility was originally closed on March 1, 2017, for construction and repairs to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Later, additional construction projects were added to the design with the goal of improving food quality, variety and availability for Airmen and eligible patrons.
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Joint Base Charleston Air Base has already experienced some big changes in 2019.

Between Jan. 11 and Feb. 1 of this year, three newly renovated facilities have opened across the installation, providing an increased quality of life to base residents.

The most recent project to be completed was the base dining facility, which re-opened Feb. 1 to feature The Food 2.0 program.

Food 2.0 is designed to provide improved culinary training and give JBC community members a campus-style dining experience to enhance food quality and provide Airmen with more nutritious meals.

The new renovations help dining facility personnel adjust to changing lifestyles, needs and preferences, as well as to improve efficiency, reduce costs and restore a sense of community while maintaining mission-feeding capabilities.

“With the new Food 2.0 concept, at other bases which have already implemented this dining format, they’ve realized an increase in utilization from 39 percent to 58 percent Air Force-wide,” said Lt. Col. William Parker, 628th Force Support Squadron commander. “We’ve found that our customers love it—from the faster service to healthier menus and healthier food preparation.  You will find more food variety available daily and increased average weekly DFAC availability from 55 hours to 98 hours per week!  There was a lot put into this concept to enhance quality of life for all and I hope you enjoy it.”

Additionally, Food 2.0 will also make the dining facility open to all JBC members, including service members, dependents, civilians, contractors and retirees.

Each innovation was thought of and proposed by people within the air base community to improve their quality of life and the lives of all residents across the base. Through these renovations, the base is able to accommodate its customer base through modern amenities comparable to those seen in civilian communities.

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