Subsistence employee to be inducted into R&DA Hall of Fame

By Alex Siemiatkowski DLA Troop Support

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A Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support employee will be inducted into the Research & Development Associates for Military Food and Packaging Systems, Inc. Hall of Fame in Williamsburg, Virginia, May 24.

Jim Lecollier, chief of the Subsistence supply chain’s individual rations branch, is being honored for his unwavering support to the warfighter, and bringing industry and government together, said John McNulty, R&DA executive director.

“He has been a central figure in military rations,” said McNulty, who nominated Lecollier for the Hall of Fame. “It is quite a distinction for him, since he has worked well over 35 years in this business with DLA Troop Support.”

Lecollier works to provide food items such as Unitized Group Rations and Meals, Ready to Eat, to the military services. He will become the 26th person to be inducted into the R&DA Hall of Fame.

During its 71 years, the Hall of Fame has recognized individuals who have made a significant contribution to R&DA, their organization’s mission and in providing the warfighter with the best quality food.

Lecollier said he was shocked and honored to learn he had been nominated. He plans to attend the spring meeting in Williamsburg for his induction.

“I will be attending the meeting and will also be leading a working group focused on individual ration issues,” he said. “(R&DA) is a major forum where we provide information about upcoming acquisitions and work together with other government partners to solve all manner of problems.”

According to their website, the R&DA Hall of Fame honors individuals, organizations and companies that have been at the forefront of the remarkable achievements in food, packaging, equipment and food service for the U.S. military and the government. Inductees are acknowledged for all their efforts and will be forever remembered for their patriotism, caring, contributions, technical prowess and humanity.

Lecollier will receive a plaque with a citation on it summarizing his accomplishments. His name will also be placed on a master plaque that R&DA maintains at their office in San Antonio.

R&DA has inducted representatives from other organizations that work with DLA Troop Support to support the warfighter, including the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, in Natick, Massachusetts; and the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence, at Fort Lee, Virginia.