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Capodichino base officials give single residents kitchen to prep meals
Capodichino base officials give single residents kitchen to prep meals
By Sandra Jontz, Stars and Stripes
European edition, Wednesday, November 28, 2007

NAPLES In the past two years, Army Sgt. Haley Zimmerman has become a microwaving gourmet.

Living in the barracks at the Capodichino base of Naval Support Activity Naples, fire codes preclude residents from cooking with an open flame or burner and that means no George Foreman personal grilling machines, no hot plates.

So when she learned base housing officials opened up a kitchen for barracks residents, she thought: ehhh, Ive made due this long without it, and she doesnt plan on greasing up any of the communal pots and pans available to residents.

When Navy officials closed the base chow hall at the end of September, barracks residents flooded managers with queries on where they would eat, especially in the evenings when some of the other on-base eateries were closed, said Petty Officer 1st Class Samir Hejab, the bachelor housing leading petty officer.

A lot of people were having concerns of where to eat, and many of them are trying to eat healthy, Hejab said. Burgers and fries every day werent going to cut it.

The Navy shut the Ciao Hall dining facility at Capodichino after officials determined too few sailors use it and costs to keep it running werent justified by the number of patrons. Housing officials had to find sailors a suitable alternative which meant refurbishing an existing kitchen in one barracks building, and building a new kitchen in the second, Hejab said.

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