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    The new food service and dining hall plans at some Air Force bases

    For those of you stationed stateside, I'm sure some of you in the past 2 years have seen how some have now entered into contracts with Aramark and Sodexo and now there is a bigger variety of food and "college campus style" dining.

    What do you think of it and did you like the old ways where it was cheaper and more simple? I didn't think it was necessary and the military is already having problems with weight

    Not only that, Aramark and Sodexo are notoriously shady food service giants that have monopolies at most public universities with dysfunctional management and mistreatment of employees. Our food service was always nonprofit, but now we're making money with this

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    Re: The new food service and dining hall plans at some Air Force bases

    guess it cuts into the airfarce stealth sales on saturdays...

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    Personally I miss the reef on Hurby. One price all you can eat. It was awesome for a 20 year TACP student. Just had to make sure the tray ninjas didnt swoop down and take your tray when you looked away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD2780 View Post
    Personally I miss the reef on Hurby. One price all you can eat. It was awesome for a 20 year TACP student. Just had to make sure the tray ninjas didnt swoop down and take your tray when you looked away.
    The first time I went in there I thought "this is different". After that, it became the standard that I judged all other chow halls. They also had a place by the flightline that had the best philly cheese steaks (and chicken) outside of philly. It was nice because it was right on the other side of our fence so we could actually get a meal instead of relying on box nasties.

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    Re: The new food service and dining hall plans at some Air Force bases

    Quote Originally Posted by JD2780 View Post
    Personally I miss the reef on Hurby. One price all you can eat. It was awesome for a 20 year TACP student. Just had to make sure the tray ninjas didnt swoop down and take your tray when you looked away.
    That was the first thing I thought when I read the OP. Back at Scott they had tray ninjas and they were stealthy. I hope they continue with hiring them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD2780 View Post
    Personally I miss the reef on Hurby. One price all you can eat. It was awesome for a 20 year TACP student. Just had to make sure the tray ninjas didnt swoop down and take your tray when you looked away.
    Hurby was my first base. At the chow hall there was this small Korean lady who operated the gravy ladle like nobodies business. When your plate got to her she said "graby sir?" and before I ever had a chance to answer she was pouring that nasty brown gravy on my rice. Then there was the old lady who stood by the door to make sure I didn't take apples. Then there was going to mid night chow, underage, drunk and in uniform to get an omelet or fried chicken. Sorry, little trip down memory lane.

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    Okay, it's obvious most folks responding to this post don't like military chow. But who can blame them? The food received is so processed and sulphured and is no better than what you get at a school cafeteria. Military chow has always been preserved and with little food value other than simple carbs, salt, and sugar.

    From a former Services man's point of view, we were "pimped" and made to work twice as hard with many civilian contractors that worked as line servers or salads losing their jobs and we had to assume the responsibility.

    Food service is such a thankless job and if the food isn't that great, it's usually not the cooks fault, just the crap that is cooked needs to be dressed up well to make it somewhat appealing

    And I don't blame the Airmen for avoiding the DFAC's, but they need to know they can have better than fast food, but this young generation that is in now doesn't know any better, for the most part. Fast food is now a way of life and even so-called "home cooked meals" are usually the same processed garbage they get at the dining halls

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    Quote Originally Posted by 71Fish View Post
    Hurby was my first base. At the chow hall there was this small Korean lady who operated the gravy ladle like nobodies business. When your plate got to her she said "graby sir?" and before I ever had a chance to answer she was pouring that nasty brown gravy on my rice. Then there was the old lady who stood by the door to make sure I didn't take apples. Then there was going to mid night chow, underage, drunk and in uniform to get an omelet or fried chicken. Sorry, little trip down memory lane.
    Brings back memories of midnight meals on Friday nights at Goodfellow, back in the 70s. Didn't have to be in uniform to eat. Good times, good times...

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    Haven't tried it. But I assume the dorm residents will like it, and since they are the reason the DFAC exists and they have to eat there, their opinion on the matter is what should count.
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    A great metaphor for the notion that the Air Force is one great big campus. We can blame social trends for some of that, but we can blame former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates for stripping away the last vestige of air power and reducing this military service branch to a sorority that dabbles in useless aircraft and equipment designed for the wrong purpose.

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