The paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne Division whose job it is to prepare healthy and nutritious cuisine are its food service technicians. Charged with ensuring the division is fed and ready, these professionals have served millions of meals around the world in the past decade.

It should come as no surprise that one such group of paratroopers, from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, is slated to compete in the U.S. Army Forces Command 46th Philip A. Connelly Evaluation, July 18.

The 1st BCT team, demonstrating its tactical and technical proficiency, is competing in the field category of the competition at Sicily Drop Zone in the Fort Bragg training area.

ďThe competition is the Super Bowl for military cooks,Ē said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Johnny McCain, 82nd Airborne Divisionís senior food service officer.

The 82nd Airborne Division food service professionals, in a show of their capabilities and in support of their competing 1st BCT paratroopers, are planning on executing a unique airborne operation. The operation, scheduled to coincide with the competition, will be designed and executed as an all food services maneuver.

All the jumpers, jumpmasters and coordinating participants will come from within the divisionís food services paratroopers.

According to McClain, the plan is to showcase how high-speed the 92G military occupational specialty is in the airborne unit.

The divisionís food service professionals are scheduled to fall from the sky over Sicily Drop Zone at approximately 2 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

For more information, call Master Sgt. Damita Jo Ellis at 432-0748.