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Airmen, Soldier nutrition specialists work, train together

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  • By Airman 1st Class Kali L. Gradishar
  • 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Army nutrition specialists from the 396th Combat Support Hospital Army at Fort Vancouver, Wash., had the opportunity to join Airmen here this month to share food service tricks of the trade.

The Soldiers from the 396th CSH specialize in medical patients' and Soldiers' diets. They worked at the Ross and Warrior dining facilities to gain a sense of how another service operates in the services environment.

"It was fun because we got to teach them how the Air Force works here, because we do things differently," said Airman 1st Class Tamika Seda, 92nd Services Squadron. "They cooked, served, and even took on some leadership responsibilities."

Familiarizing Soldiers with a joint-service environment may allow smoother transitions when working with other military branches during deployments.

"The facility is larger than what we have at the reserve center, and the equipment is more modern," said Spc. Ezekiel Stevens, 396th CSH. "It was nice getting to see how a different service works. It's not every day I get to work with the Air Force ... we may as well get used to it now."

The 92nd SVS Airmen also enjoyed working with the Soldiers during their 12 days in the dining facilities.

"I would want them to come back. They had great attitudes and were willing to learn," Airman Seda said. "It was the first time I've worked with a joint service, and we've been able to learn from them, too."

This was a great morale booster for the Soldiers, as they were very enthusiastic to work with joint forces, said Sgt. 1st Class Susan Beaulaurier, 369th training and operations.

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