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Vanwey Dining Facility to close until Oct.1

Lonita Ewing serves a heaping portion of steamed brussels sprouts to Airman 1st Class Devin Watrous, with the 552nd Operations Support Squadron, at the Vanwey Dining Facility Feb. 7.

Lonita Ewing serves a heaping portion of steamed brussels sprouts to Airman 1st Class Devin Watrous, with the 552nd Operations Support Squadron, at the Vanwey Dining Facility Feb. 7. (Air Force photo by Kelly White)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- The Vanwey Dining Facility here is closing Feb. 25th through Oct. 1st for structural renovations, but Tinker Air Force Base Reservists exclusively will be fed in an alternate location for the remaining seven drill weekends of FY 2019.

“Reservists can expect to receive meals for their drill weekends while the Vanwey Dining Facility undergoes scheduled repairs and upgrades,” said Master Sgt. Celeste Fletes, 507th Force Support Squadron Services technician. “All Air Force traditional Reservists assigned to Tinker AFB will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner for their UTAs.”

Fletes said the winning contractor is expected to be able to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner at the usual times for Tinker’s Air Force Reserve community. These times are: 

- Breakfast 0530-0700
- Lunch 1100-1330 
- Dinner 1630-1830

Due to the 513th Air Control Group’s July UTA falling on a different weekend than the 507th Air Refueling Wing, Fletes said the contractor will be expected to provide meal service on those dates, as well. She added that meal payment procedures will also remain the same, with officers paying cash and enlisted signing an AF Form 79 and showing their CAC IDs.

The chief of Sustainment Services Flight for the 72nd Force Support Squadron, John Noble, said the renovations will ultimately change food delivery to a more “open” floor plan. The plan includes self-service stations and provides more options; but to effect these changes the facility will have to replace degraded plumbing and roofing. Air Force Food Services also has to assess the facility once renovations are complete before a single meal can be served.

There are no changes expected for flight meal availability for aircrews while the Vanwey Dining Facility is closed for renovations.

(Tinker Take Off staff contributed to this article.)