Quartermaster Hall of Famer Visits
Sgt. 1st Class Stacy Jordan escorts Jane Ebbs in the food display area of the Post Field House during the Army Culinary Arts Competition March 15.

She spends 20 minutes a day on the treadmill.

Fifteen on the bicycle.

Four times a week.

Jane C. Ebbs is more than 90 years old. Yet she was fit enough to travel from her home in Florida to attend the 32nd Army Culinary Arts Competition held here last week.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am to attend and see this,” she said at the Post Field House March 15. “I’m fortunate and grateful.”

Ebbs, a nutritionist, is the only female member of the Quartermaster Hall of Fame. She was inducted in 1993 for her significant contributions to the Army’s subsistence program during and after World War II. That included playing a role in the development of food menus for Soldiers under all conditions.

She also made contributions to programs to feed millions of civilians in the wake of Allied invasions.

Ebbs said she has visited Fort Lee several times over the past 20 years but has never attended the culinary competition. During her tour of the competition facilities, she marveled at how far food service has come.

“We can always say this is the best-fed army in the world,” she remarked.

Ebbs ended her career as a nutritionist in 1985 after 10 years with the United Nations. She has written several books to include “The Hidden War,” the story about humanitarian efforts in post-war Europe.