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Timothy Haskell, assistant catering facility manager for the Bavarian Logistics Readiness Center, 405th Army Field Support Brigade, briefs his team at the Warrior Sports Cafe before Thanksgiving dinner, Nov. 23. At the time of this photo, the number of COVID-19 cases in Bavaria, Germany, was low and the requirement to wear masks indoors, according to the U.S. Army Garrison in Bavaria, was not necessary for fully vaccinated persons, except for exchange facilities, post offices and the commissary.
(Photo credit: Staff Sergeant Dana Clarke, Viper 03D, Joint Multinational Readiness Center)


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Name: Timothy Haskell

Job title: Warrior Sports Café Assistant Dining Manager

Awarded: Supply and Services Division, Bavaria Logistics Readiness Center, 405th Army Field Support Brigade

Location: Hohenfels, Germany

Live: I have worked in the dining room at Hohenfels with LRC Bavaria for some time, but have been in the restaurant business for almost 30 years. Prior to Hohenfels, I was with U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach as Food Service Manager, and also worked with the exchange and as a cook in Bamberg, Germany for a time.

Other service: I was an active duty army food service specialist from 1994 to 2004. When I left active duty I was a sergeant.

Hometown: Winfield, Kansas

Family: I have been married for over 17 years. My wife and I have two children, a son and a daughter.

Q: Can you explain what you do and what you are responsible for at LRC Bavaria?

A: As Assistant Dining Manager, I am responsible for the overall operations of the Warrior Sports Café. We provide Class I catering service to the entire Hohenfels community. I have over 50 employees at the Warrior Sports Café – a small handful of American employees and many local nationals. Local nationals come from all over the world, not just Germany. I have local national employees who come from Poland, Hungary, Croatia, China, Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, Taiwan, Romania, Italy, Turkey and more. I am also the sole responsible for invoicing government procurement cards for LRC Bavaria in Hohenfels. I oversee and approve the purchase of supplies for the Dining Hall and for other sections and directorates of LRC Bavaria located in Hohenfels.

Q: Why is the service you provide so important?

A: It is the only catering establishment within a 15 kilometer radius where members can come and get quality, nutritious meals. The only thing on base other than us are the Exchange locations – Burger King and Subway – and a few food trucks. It takes a soldier 15 minutes to get to the nearest town and find a restaurant. Soldiers who come here are guaranteed to get a very nutritious meal. They don’t have to drive 20-30 minutes one way and wonder whether or not they’ll make it back on time. We support the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, which is the opposing forces for the Joint Multinational Readiness Center. We also support the 527th Military Police Company and other units here to include many units from NATO and partner nations who come here for planning conferences etc. We will feed staff from Ukraine, Poland, Georgia, Slovakia, Albania, Slovenia, Norway, Sweden, Canada and more. During each JMRC training rotation, several dignitaries and senior officials will visit Hohenfels, as well as the US Army Europe and Africa Commanding General, who will eat in our dining hall. General Christopher Cavoli is here, on average, twice a month for lunch.

Q: What do you like about your job and what motivates you?

A: Restoration is that work that nobody wants to do, but has to be done. It’s the job that makes you work late, it makes you work weekends, and it makes you work on holidays and special occasions. When other people are off or still in bed, I have staff in the dining room preparing food for the next meal. The reason I keep doing it is because of the soldiers – those soldiers who are between 18 and 25 years old and who live in the barracks. It’s for them. If they want something new or different, I’ll say “hey, tell me what you want”. If it’s a success, we’ll make it part of our regular menu. Taking care of these young fighters and feeding them makes me feel good. When they are happy and satisfied, I am satisfied.

LRC Bavaria and 405th AFSB: LRC Bavaria is one of seven LRCs under the command and control of the 405th AFSB. LRCs perform facility logistics support and services to include supply, maintenance, transportation and food service management as well as apparel distribution facility operations, hazardous materials management, personal and household goods, passenger movement, and management of non-tactical vehicles and garrison equipment. When it comes to providing day-to-day installation services, LRC Bavaria directs, manages, and coordinates a variety of operations and activities in support of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria. LRC Bavaria falls under the 405th AFSB, which is assigned to the US Army Sustainment Command and under the operational control of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, US Army Europe and Africa. The brigade is headquartered in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and provides material support to U.S. forces throughout Europe and Africa – providing theater support logistics; synchronize acquisition, logistics and technology; and leveraging the U.S. Army Materiel Command Materiel Enterprise to support joint forces. For more information on the 405th AFSB, visit the official website at www.afsbeurope.army.mil and the official Facebook site at www.facebook.com/405thAFSB.