FORT CARSON, CO, UNITED STATES
Story by Sgt. James Geelen
FORT CARSON, Colo. – The activation ceremony is a simple event, but it’s rich with traditions and heritage. It defines a point in time to commemorate the beginning or continuation of a unit’s history or lineage.
On July 15, the 115th Quartermaster Field Feeding Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, was officially activated during a ceremony at Pershing Field on Fort Carson, where they will conduct daily operations at the James R. Wolf Dining Facility.
“What a great day for the unit, and a great day for the Army,” said Lt. Col. Michael Iannucilli, the 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division commander. “I’ve been a part of many units that no longer exist, having deactivated or been redesignated, this is the first time I’ve been associated with a unit activation. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it, and for this unit in particular.”
Field feeding companies have been a part the Army before, but they have not been in the Army in recent years. The 115th is one of the first field feeding companies of the modern era.
“The practical goodness of this concept is that it brings together all of our cooks (92Gs) under a single chain of command,” Iannucilli said. “This is important all the time, but really shows in garrison. In the past, 92Gs were being directed by nine separate chains of command with nine distinct sets of priorities with expectations to perform in harmony in an Ivy Restaurant. Now there is one chain of command, one standard, one set of priorities and one shared vision.”
Activating the company involved taking over 170 culinary specialists along with their field feeding equipment from nine separate units across the 4th Infantry Division. Their mission is to support Fort Carson by producing quality meals for its Soldiers.
“The Greyhounds are hitting the ground running by already having provided over 20,000 meals in the field here at Fort Carson,” said Capt. Jerryl Randolph, the commander of 115th Quartermaster Field Feeding Company. “Plus they have served 42,000 meals at cadet summer training in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and we have Soldiers forward deployed supporting units as well.”
Their hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed.
“Leaders and Soldiers of the 115th, you’ve demonstrated remarkable maturity, discipline, and commitment to each other and to the unit that has resulted in all the success you’ve found,” Iannucilli said. “I can’t wait to see where you go in the future, and I have no doubt that your commitment will result in the 115th Quartermaster Company being the best field feeding company in the Army.”