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The Air Force's Food Transformation Initiative won the National Restaurant Association's 2013 Operator Innovations Award in the health and nutrition category. Selected by an independent panel of expert judges, the Air Force was one of five winners recognized for achievements in driving advancement in the food service industry, according to NRA's May 19 release. The Food Transformation Initiative—or "Food T" as it is known in food service parlance—"revolutionizes Air Force food selections, cooking methods, meal availability, and merchandising to guide customers toward healthier choices," states the release. "When comparing participating with non-participating operations, performance metrics confirm FTI elevates healthfulness, energy, and alertness through optimal nutrition, without sacrificing flavor, taste and satisfaction," reads the release. The awards ceremony was on May 18 in Chicago; the association chose winners in these categories: food safety, health & nutrition, menu development, sustainability, and technology. The Air Force launched Food T in October 2010 at six test locations (phase Ia). Earlier this month, the service announced that it was implementing phase Ib at five different sites: Eglin AFB, Fla., Ellsworth AFB, S.D., F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., Beale AFB, Calif., and Vandenberg AFB, Calif.