Starting in September, airmen will have more variety and availability of nutritious meals at appropriated fund dining facilities, according to Air Force Services Agency officials. Under a new program called “Operation Refresh,” the agency is adding new items to its dining facility menus on a regular basis, they said. It is also incorporating additional fresh ingredients, improving methods for preparing existing entrees, and enhancing the culinary skills of Air Force food service professionals through new cooking techniques. “Operation Refresh allows us to better serve our customers by adding fresh, new choices to the core menus for all [appropriated fund] dining facilities,” said Bill Spencer, AFSVA appropriated fund food operations branch chief. “Starting in September, a new menu item will be added each month.” The first new item will be a pork chop with warm pineapple Asian glaze sauce. (San Antonio report by Erin Tindell)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.