Army chef provides comfort to Soldiers and Families in central Alaska 110914

Army chef provides comfort to Soldiers and Families in central Alaska 110914
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PHOTO CAPTION: View of the new Fort Greely Community Activity Center, Alaska. The menu will include regional favorites such as reindeer sausage and bison burgers, but will also include American favorites such as pizza and Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches. The new center will have food, bowling, arcade and game activities, meeting rooms and Wifi.

Photo by Daniel Cain, Fort Greeley

Army chef provides comfort to Soldiers and Families in central Alaska 110914

By Robert Dozier
IMCOM Public Affairs

Reindeer sausage and bison burgers have only one thing in common. These regional delicacies are featured on the menu for the new Fort Greeley Community Activity Center set to open soon.

“Our menu is extremely family friendly,” said Russell Littel, Chef/Food & Beverage Specialist, Business Operations Directorate. “We offer the ‘lighter fare’ that is in high demand today. There are a variety of healthy salads, and for central Alaska, the soup of the day is essential.”

Fort Greely sits about 320 miles northeast of Anchorage. In July, the average high temperature is 69 degrees. In January, however, the average low is – 11 degrees. At these extremes, comfort is measured in family, fun and good food.

“Healthier options for Soldiers and their Families are the key,” said Littel. “As a father, I can appreciate how important the kids’ menu is.”

There are 84 recipes that Business Operations is managing at the center, where normally a 30-to-40 item menu is common.

“These Soldiers haven’t been to the lower 48 in a while, and pizza, cheesesteak and a good hamburger are a must,” said Littel. “What is uncommon is our “broasted” chicken, which is fried in a pressure cooker.”

Broasted chicken is a method similar to that used by some of the most popular and successful fried chicken retail restaurants.

“This method is quicker to prepare and is a more juicy and crunchy product,” said Littel. “With this recipe and the others, we wanted broad menu choices so that our customers could eat here on a daily basis, maybe two weeks straight, and not have to choose the same menu item.”

The Greely facility has been on the radar for about a year at Business Operations, a department in the G9 Division of the Installation Management Command. They get involved once a need is defined at the Army garrison. In this case, a brand new multi-purpose facility was proposed, including dining, bowling, meetings, arcade and games, requiring the best food that the Army could provide. Business Operations assessed the existing facilities and employee skill sets, lunch and dinner programs, and determined what was best and realistic for the area.

“We don’t just plan the meals,” said Littel, “we design comfort for the men and women serving here.”

Chef Littel also serves as an infantryman and food operations sergeant for the Texas National Guard in the 36th Infantry Division. He will be deploying next year to Afghanistan.
“There are hundreds of Reservists and National Guardsmen who come to Greely to do their mission,” Littel said. “Many have families close by or in town who can really benefit from our planning.”

The Fort Greely Community Activity Center will feature an 8 lane bowling center, billiards, darts, shuffle board and air hockey.

“Think: rec center meets warrior club meets NCO club,” said Daniel Cain, Community Activity Center Manager. “It’ll have a sports bar feel, with a giant chalet-style fireplace at its focal point, but good food is the key.”

The center will have a reading area, an internet capable computer room, a 60-inch television room with theater seating and Wifi, as well.

“This will be the social hub for the Fort Greely Family – Soldiers, , Families, full time National Guard and civilians,” said Cain. “Quality of life-wise, this will be night and day.”

Fort Greely has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. With growth comes the expectation from the community for facilities that improve the day-to-day experience.

“We are chomping at the bit for the opening,” said Tracy Miley, wife of Col. Joseph L. Miley, commander of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion, “and I love that the menu will have healthy choices for the adults and the children. The community center will become a huge mecca. How amazing is this to have everything right here?”

Army chef provides comfort to Soldiers and Families in central Alaska 110914

Army chef provides comfort to Soldiers and Families in central Alaska 110914
Dinner Recipes For Kids
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PHOTO CAPTION: Army Chef Russell Littel at home perfecting his technique for the menu preparation of the new Fort Greeley Community Activity Center, Alaska. The menu will include regional favorites such as reindeer sausage and bison burgers, but will also include American favorites such as pizza and Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches.

Photo by permission

Army chef provides comfort to Soldiers and Families in central Alaska 110914

By Robert Dozier
IMCOM Public Affairs

Reindeer sausage and bison burgers have only one thing in common. These regional delicacies are featured on the menu for the new Fort Greeley Community Activity Center set to open soon.

“Our menu is extremely family friendly,” said Russell Littel, Chef/Food & Beverage Specialist, Business Operations Directorate. “We offer the ‘lighter fare’ that is in high demand today. There are a variety of healthy salads, and for central Alaska, the soup of the day is essential.”

Fort Greely sits about 320 miles northeast of Anchorage. In July, the average high temperature is 69 degrees. In January, however, the average low is – 11 degrees. At these extremes, comfort is measured in family, fun and good food.

“Healthier options for Soldiers and their Families are the key,” said Littel. “As a father, I can appreciate how important the kids’ menu is.”

There are 84 recipes that Business Operations is managing at the center, where normally a 30-to-40 item menu is common.

“These Soldiers haven’t been to the lower 48 in a while, and pizza, cheesesteak and a good hamburger are a must,” said Littel. “What is uncommon is our “broasted” chicken, which is fried in a pressure cooker.”

Broasted chicken is a method similar to that used by some of the most popular and successful fried chicken retail restaurants.

“This method is quicker to prepare and is a more juicy and crunchy product,” said Littel. “With this recipe and the others, we wanted broad menu choices so that our customers could eat here on a daily basis, maybe two weeks straight, and not have to choose the same menu item.”

The Greely facility has been on the radar for about a year at Business Operations, a department in the G9 Division of the Installation Management Command. They get involved once a need is defined at the Army garrison. In this case, a brand new multi-purpose facility was proposed, including dining, bowling, meetings, arcade and games, requiring the best food that the Army could provide. Business Operations assessed the existing facilities and employee skill sets, lunch and dinner programs, and determined what was best and realistic for the area.

“We don’t just plan the meals,” said Littel, “we design comfort for the men and women serving here.”

Chef Littel also serves as an infantryman and food operations sergeant for the Texas National Guard in the 36th Infantry Division. He will be deploying next year to Afghanistan.
“There are hundreds of Reservists and National Guardsmen who come to Greely to do their mission,” Littel said. “Many have families close by or in town who can really benefit from our planning.”

The Fort Greely Community Activity Center will feature an 8 lane bowling center, billiards, darts, shuffle board and air hockey.

“Think: rec center meets warrior club meets NCO club,” said Daniel Cain, Community Activity Center Manager. “It’ll have a sports bar feel, with a giant chalet-style fireplace at its focal point, but good food is the key.”

The center will have a reading area, an internet capable computer room, a 60-inch television room with theater seating and Wifi, as well.

“This will be the social hub for the Fort Greely Family – Soldiers, , Families, full time National Guard and civilians,” said Cain. “Quality of life-wise, this will be night and day.”

Fort Greely has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. With growth comes the expectation from the community for facilities that improve the day-to-day experience.

“We are chomping at the bit for the opening,” said Tracy Miley, wife of Col. Joseph L. Miley, commander of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion, “and I love that the menu will have healthy choices for the adults and the children. The community center will become a huge mecca. How amazing is this to have everything right here?”

Walking in Central Park

Walking in Central Park
Healthy Diet Tips

Image by Ed Yourdon
Summer weekend in Central Park, 2005 – 16

These pictures were all taken on a Saturday afternoon stroll around Central Park — starting on the west side of the park at approx 86th street, heading south down past Tavern on the Green, and then up the East Side to the 104th cut, and back around…

The temperature was pleasant, but the sky turned from a hazy blue to a hazy gray during the walk, which washed out some of the pictures a bit…

Two young women, strolling along, chattering away about whatever it is that young women chatter about. Nothing particularly unusual about them — they were typical of dozens, if not hundreds, of other young, reasonably athletic young women out for some sunshine and exercise in the park.

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Note: this photo was published in an Oct 6, 2008 blog titled "Warm up to these 2 exercises." It was also published in a March 14, 2009 blog article entitled "Top 8 Exercise Myths." It was also published in a Nov 23, 2009 blog titled "Beauty 101: Get some PMS SOS." And it was published in a Nov 30, 2009 blog titled "Weight Loss Tips and Tricks."

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Mar 7, 2010 Slimsix-dot-net blog with the same title as the caption I used on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Jun 11, 2010 blog titled "My Weight Loss Tips" It was also published in an Oct 15, 2010 , with the same title as the caption on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Dec 7, 2010 blog titled "Cutting Darren down to size."

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 3, 2011 blog titled "BMI, calorie intake and being big boned?someone explain!!?" It was also published in an undated (early Jan 2011) blog titled "." And it was published in a Jan 16, 2011 blog titled "How Can I Make Any Girl Fall in Love With Me Instantly? Here Are Three Unfailing Tips." It was also published in a Mar 12, 2011 blog titled "Walking in Central Park." And it was published in an undated (late May 2011) blog titled "Live Lean for Life Unveils Exciting Weight Loss Tips and Tricks." It was also published in a Jun 8, 2011 blog titled "I am 37 & want to start a quick weight loss diet & a exercise program to build mass. Any suggestions?" And it was published in a Jul 3, 2011 blog titled "Weight Loss Psychology: Why Your Brain Might be Holding You Back."

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Note: on Jan 20, 2010 I replaced the original version of this photo with a slightly edited version. The original, which I took in the summer of 2005, was edited with the Apple-Macintosh "iPhoto" program, and all I did was crop the photo to remove irrelevant scenic elements … and perhaps a little color-saturation to highlight the various colors involved.

I’m now using the Apple-Macintosh "Aperture" program, and I realized that I could edit the dark shadows and nearly-black color of the shorts worn by the two women. The current version has a little more "noise" (aka "graininess," in the pre-digital days) than I would have preferred, but you can see more details of their legs than was visible before…

With or without the detail, they are both still beautiful young women. I have no idea who they were, never spoke to them when I took this photo, and will probably never see them again for the rest of their lives or my life. C’est la vie…

Central Park – Nov 2008 – 12

Central Park – Nov 2008 – 12
Healthy Diet Tips
Image by Ed Yourdon
Toward the end of my stroll through Central Park, as I was reaching the 72nd Street exit, I turned and looked north. There were various bicyclists and joggers, trying to stay warm as they moved through the frigid air; this woman was moving along at quite a rapid pace, though it’s difficult to tell from this stop-action picture…

Note: this photo was published in a Feb 2, 2009 blog entitled "Help! I Keep Exercising but the Weight Won’t Come Off." It was also published in an Apr 4, 2009 blog titled "Facing the Elements on the Run;" the same blog was republished in a May 5, 2010 Bike Swim Run blog titled "Facing the Elements on the Run." And it was published in an Aug 2009 Squidoo blog titled "Perfect Pace Running Playlist." More recently, it was published in an Oct 14, 2009 blog titled "Running 101: Recovery Run." It was also published, without any commentary or explanatory text, in a Nov 29, 2009 blog titled "Central Park – Nov 2008 – 12," (i.e., the same as the caption that I provided for the photo). It was also published in an undated (Dec 2009) Jog4Life blog titled "Beginner Week Two Marathon Training." And it was also published in a Jun 26, 2010 blog titled "3 Tips to Get You Started Exercising." It was also published in an Apr 7, 2010 blog titled "Brisk walking reduces stroke risk among women." And it was published in an Aug 12, 2010 blog titled "Lastest “weight Loss Help” News." It was also published in an Oct 7, 2010 blog titled "Weight loss success linked to amount of sleep: Study" And it was published in a Nov 8, 2010 blog titled "Pregnant and on the move: The importance of exercise for moms-to-be." It was also published in a Dec 9, 2010 blog titled "Q&A: I have no motivation to exercise, any tips to get me out there?"

In 2011, the photo was first published in a Jan 3, 2011 blog titled " Diet, exercise key to a healthier year," but with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Jan 18, 2011 blog titled 5 Weight Loss Motivation Tips." And it was published in a Feb 4, 2011 blog titled "Weight Loss Motivation Guidelines." It was also published in a Feb 25, 2011 blog titled "LighterLife Announces New Healthy Ready Meals."

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