Osans's COVID team reach milestone
By Senior Airman Noah Sudolcan , 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 07, 2021
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --
One year ago, Osan was on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 51st Force Support Squadron, alongside with the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron, quickly, established a meal plan to provide Airmen and their families in quarantine with food.
“It was challenging at first,” said Master Sgt. Egypt Turner, 51st FSS food service section chief. “The pandemic came with new restrictions that we haven’t experienced before.”
The 51st FSS had to come up with a method to provide food to military members who were either quarantined or in restricted movement status that resided in the dorms.
The Airman Dorm Leaders and Dining Facility streamlined the process to be able to produce around 600 meals per day. Quarantined members were given choices of what they wanted their meals to be during their two-week period.
“The implementation of a set meal schedule resulted in eliminating meal errors, expediting delivery of meals to quarantined personnel and enabled the food service operations to better plan, order and store ingredients,” said Turner.
The facilities also serve Airman from other bases as they stop through Osan.
As of March, 30, 2021, the combined efforts of the dining personnel, ADL’s and CE has resulted in 160,262 meals being produced.
“The most rewarding part of the process is that the Dining Facility team knows that they are directly providing meals to the quarantine personnel,” said Turner. “We continue to work with appropriate agencies to identify how we can better service our quarantined customers.”