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Old 06-16-2011, 08:00 PM   #1
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Hey everyone! My name's Ian and I'm a food operations specialist in the United States Army. I've been in a little over 2 years, recently got medically sent back from my deployment to Afghanistan and now I'm back home and baking up a storm. I actually had a little program set up for Afghanistan where I was going to make cakes for all the soldiers' birthdays in my unit and other units attached to us. Food is such a morale booster overseas, especially in combat environments and it really, for the lack of a better word, sucked to get sent back home. I was planning on making fondant cakes (due to the fact the fondant frosting will last longer and won't melt as quick as buttercream in the high temps) and having other soldiers to come help out make birthday cakes to relieve stress and have some fun.

My favorite quote when I was in the field was, "I have enough food to serve an army." Haha I really did.. And by the way, food in the army isn't as bad as you might think it is. Food safety standards are extremely strict. I had a job at Dunkin Donuts and I realized military food safety standards are a hell of a lot stricter than civilian food safety standards. By all means, Dunks had good food safety standards but the military has a few more standards that would upset a lot of food establishments. Food operations in the United States Army and Marine Corps go to Ft. Lee, VA for their culinary training and I was blown away on the level of the food we made. The techniques in cooking they taught us and the amount of recipes we made (all from scratch) were incredible. There's a section of the culinary arts building dedicated to the "Advanced Culinary" section of the military. From my knowledge the United States Army is the only branch able to enter this honored unit. These soldiers are usually legitimate chefs civilianside and make outstanding food. I had the opportunity to sneak into a few classes because I expressed such a high interest to join them in the future. The food they made was high end food you would not expect the military to produce. Outside the classrooms they had medals the Army Culinary Team has won in the Culinary Olympics. The United States Army has won a lot of gold medals compared to other countries which made me proud. Generally these soldiers cook for high ranking military and government personnel. Don't get me wrong, if there's an incoming mortar attack these guys will give you a run for your money but they'll also make eye candy food that tastes good too. That also goes for the entire culinary branch of the United States Army. In the field supplies are limited and we cook from UGR-As, UGR-Bs and will give soldiers MREs if they're going outside the wire. An MRE is a packaged meal that is air tight, has a high amount of calories and overall there's a large variety of different MREs you can get. A UGR-A/B is virtually just a larger packaged meal meant for cooks to make out in the field. I'm going to be completely honest and tell you that most of the packaged food is actually good. There are a lot of dedicated people constantly changing the food the military eats, updating it and improving it. My unit is actually given a lot of new entrees that are released from a group in Nadick, MA. Some are a hit and miss but most of the time they're pretty good! When we're back on base we cook in what we call garrison. Garrison cooking is where cooks get their chance to shine. Generally cooks will garnish the food, have a salad line and have desserts organized in a neat fashion. Garrison cooking is what it's about. It's demanding, the standards are high but the food is good Baking has been such a huge part of my life and that's just a personal experience I'd like to share with you guys! I'm really hoping to learn a lot from this site and I'm always up to meet new people!

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Old 06-16-2011, 08:29 PM   #2
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We're honored to have you aboard, Mech. Welcome!
If DC ever organizes a massive RL picnic get-together for all our members, you'll surely be on the advance deployment baking team.
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:46 PM   #3
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Welcome to the site! It sounds like you have the same love of food that most everyone here does so you will fit in just perfectly. BTW, I used to live right down the street from the Natick Labs that developed those MRE's (among many other wild Army inventions).
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:52 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard, MB. I'm pleased to hear troops overseas eat well thanks to you and others.
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:13 AM   #5
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welcome mech.

first, let me thank you for your service to our country.

wasn't it napoleón who said an army marches on it's stomach?
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:37 AM   #6
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Welcome to DC, let me add my thanks for your service, protecting me and mine. The kitchens you cook in look a lot like the dining service kitchens on campus and I spent many a happy hour in those whomping up lots of good food.

Jump in anywhere, have fun!
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Old 06-17-2011, 04:10 AM   #7
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Welcome to DC, Ian ! It's great to have you here; I look forward to reading all you have to offer. I'm sure your organizational skills are outstanding!

PS: My dad was born in Adams and lived in Pittsfield. My sis lives in Northhampton. MA is just beautiful!
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Old 06-17-2011, 05:00 AM   #8
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Thank you for your service!

Many foods we enjoy today were developed for use by the military. One that I very much enjoy is the M & M introduced in 1941.

Have fun and keep us posted on your project.

Thanks again,
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:52 AM   #9
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I spent many a happy hour in those whomping up lots of good food.
LOL Love that whomping stuff!


And Welcome to DC, MechBaker.
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:35 AM   #10
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Some of my chef instructors at the CIA are former military. (two are CMC) I've trained along side several active duty military chefs who were taking advanced certification there. Oh yeah, they can cook!

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