DVIDS – News – USO helps soldiers refuel with hands-on cooking program


Soldiers may not always have time to make their way to the dining hall in the morning, but that doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice a healthy meal or face the day without energy.

Retired Master Sgt. Jason Coy knows this better than most of his days as an army cook, and he showed some of the unmarried Fort Campbell soldiers how to cook their own meals in the barracks on September 9 at the premiere ” Cookin ‘in the Bs “class held at USO Fort Campbell.

“Better nutrition is the key, because a well-fed soldier is a deadlier soldier,” said Coy, now an assistant professor of culinary arts at Austin Peay State University. “And time is something we all seek to save. But instead of skipping that meal, having low energy, and not being able to perform well, you can cook something quickly in the barracks room before you go to work, and that’s where I hope this will lead.

The steak sandwiches were first on the menu, and the soldiers in attendance prepared them step by step with the guidance of cooking students from Coy and APSU, including the USO Fort Campbell Center Operations Supervisor. , MaLissa Harris.

“We are always looking for programs to improve the lives of single soldiers and the things they can do,” Harris said. “I found it to be a great opportunity to combine the two, as a lot of these young soldiers don’t know how to cook or don’t know what they can cook on their own in the barracks. Chef Coy being a former soldier in the culinary world, it seemed perfect for us to collaborate. “

Harris said the goal is to develop “Cookin ‘in the Bs” in a series of monthly programs so soldiers can learn new recipes and cooking techniques to save time and money.

“It’s much healthier to cook something on your own in the barracks room if possible,” he said.

Cooking is only permitted in properly furnished and equipped licensed areas and should never be left unattended, according to CAM Reg. 420-24.

“The cooking or use of hot plates, electric frying pans and similar small electrical appliances is not permitted in private rooms of single / office accommodation, barracks and similar buildings, unless such rooms or areas are not equipped with kitchens or cooking facilities ”, according to the regulations.

Coy wants to inspire soldiers with recipes and cooking techniques.

“With these new barracks, the way they’re laid out, you have little kitchenettes where two soldiers share a common space with things like stoves and an oven,” he said. “I think the new goal should be to allow soldiers to prepare their own meals in the kitchenettes provided to them.”

Private Tequila Towns, Kalsu Replacement Company, said she left the program better prepared to take advantage of these tools in her daily life.

“It was very engaging, there was a lot of learning and I liked it being hands-on,” Towns said.

“It wasn’t stressful because they realized that most of us had never cooked before. I would definitely come back to a program like this and bring more fight buddies, ”Towns said.

The towns had some experience in the culinary school, but many soldiers present were less familiar with the preparation of meals.

“I’m not really the type to cook, so it was a good experience for me to learn how to cook better,” said Sgt. Dani Weinberger, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). “The main things I learned more about were the steak ingredients. I never thought about using processed cheese because I normally use grated cheese and seeing the different cutting methods was another thing I enjoyed.

Weinberger said she wanted to participate in future cooking programs at USO and quickly signed up for the first one after hearing about it via social media.

“We are delighted to see that there was interest in the single Soldiers on Fort Campbell,” said Harris. “Not all kids learn to cook anymore, and it’s an important life skill that we can teach and have fun here at USO. Our mission is to keep them connected to family, home and country, and food is something that brings all of these things together. ”

Date taken: 09/17/2021
Date posted: 09/27/2021 3:02 PM
Story ID: 406112
Site: FORT CAMPBELL, Kentucky, United States

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