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Base food service ‘transforms’

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- By The word "transform" could induce thoughts of vehicles in a certain popular movie series that change into mega-machines from another planet that save the world.
Subtract the alien factor, and Vandenberg's Food Transformation isn't unlike those heroic cars. This initiative provides healthier menu options and gives Team V members the power to transform their waistlines.

Vandenberg's food service underwent a major overhaul this year that culminated with a grand re-opening Apr. 9 at the Pacific Coast Club here.

"Vandenberg personnel can expect new menus, enhanced food quality, variety and availability that focuses on our Airmen's changing needs, lifestyles, and preferences," said Lt. Col. Gregory Marty, 30th Force Support Squadron commander.

Under the Department of Defense's Food Transformation Initiative, Vandenberg, partnered with the company Sodexo, began phase one of the transformation: revamping the food experience at Vandenberg's PCC, bowling center, golf course, fitness center and Breakers Dining Facility.

"At no cost to our non-appropriated funds facilities, the Sodexo Corporation took over the food and beverage operations for the Pacific Coast Club, the bowling center, the golf course, and the fitness center where they opened a Jamba Juice smoothie bar," Marty said. "Menu pricing will change and you will see an increase in hours that the facilities are open."

May will mark the beginning of Vandenberg's food transformation second phase, which will impact many people across the installation.

"Starting May 1, as part of the second phase of Food Transformation, Breakers Dining Facility will go down for a few months for renovation," Marty said. "When it reopens, it will become a restaurant open to everyone on base to include family members, civilians and contractors. When Breakers reopens, we will also introduce 'Campus Dining' for our Airmen on meal cards. The campus dining concept will allow our Airmen on meal card at eat at any 30 FSS facility, not just the dining facility."

From the lowest ranking Airman to the wing commander, the positive effects of food transformation can be felt by all Team Vandenberg members.

"We value our families and our Airmen more than anything," said Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander. "Providing healthy food options is part of building strong Airmen and families, one of our top priorites here at Vandenberg. It really is an exciting day here, we have been hoping for healthier food choices, and I'm really proud to join the Sodexo executive management team today to cut the ribbon, symbolically beginning food transformation at Vandenberg."

For more information about Air Force food service operations and other quality of life programs, visit www.usafservices.com or www.myairforcelife.com.