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193rd Services Flight cooks up top honor

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  • By Airman 1st Class Claire Behney
  • 193rd Special Operations Wing
There's more to the 193rd Special Operations Wing Services Flight then what meets the palate. This versatile group of Airmen works to support the Wing on many levels. From fitness to food, they're a driving force working to support the mission.

Recently, the Services Flight was awarded the distinguished title of the 2008 Air National Guard Services Flight of the Year, putting the spotlight on the Wing, yet again.

"I think it's well deserved recognition because when people think Air Force they don't often think services," said 2nd Lt. Anne Furman, food services officer.

The roll of the Services Flight goes far beyond just preparing meals for Airmen. They are the coordinators of lodging, support the fit to fight program, and the family liaison office.

"I think sometimes people under estimate what we do because we do much more than just serve their food," said Staff Sgt. Katrina Scheibelhut, food shift leader and new member educator.

On the fitness front, the flight invested $30,000 in quality of life improvements to the base fitness center, implemented a wing wide fitness activity program during UTAs and supported the strongman competition.

The services flight is constantly working to satisfy the Airmen of the 193rd. They implemented and operate the dining facility comment card program. Acting on this customer feedback, the flight has been able to contract new hotels for lodging, add additional menu options, operate an alternative dining facility, and purchase new equipment for the fitness and dining facility.

All these accomplishments, and many more, have now been recognized with the receipt of the Services Flight of the Year Award. This is the first time the Wing has won this prestigious award, beating out 88 other services flights.

"It's an indication of the hard work that the members put in throughout the year and it's not just a weekend thing for them," said Senior Master Sgt. Christopher C. Shull, base services manager. "It's like our services flight motto, 'you work, we work; you play, we work harder.'"

It's the attitude, dedication and personality of the services' personnel that make them such a success said Shull.
Senior Airman Jeremy Scheibelhut, food service accountant and fitness specialist says he enjoys his job because he likes interacting with the Airmen of the Wing.

"I'm happy to know that people are getting fed and I know that's our way of supporting the mission," said Senior Airman Scheibelhut. "I'm proud to know that we're doing a good job."

While supporting the mission, the flight has been able to make several improvements to better the life of the Airmen of the 193rd. Covering all corners of food, fitness, lodging, and readiness, the 193rd services flight has worked hard to go above and beyond, demonstrating excellence in all they do.