By Dennis Phillips
A Chautauqua County native who spent nearly 40 years in the military has received the highest form of recognition his regiment offers.
Last month, Peter Motrynczuk, retired chief warrant officer five, was inducted into the Quartermaster Hall Of Fame at The Quartermaster School in Fort Lee, Va. The award honors individuals who are judged to have made the most significant contributions to the overall history and traditions of the Quartermaster Corps. The Quartermaster School is a subordinate command of the United States Army's Combined Arms Support Command. The school trains soldiers, civilians and members of other services and nations in quartermaster skills and functions. A quartermaster is trained and educated as a service sustainment professional and integrates capabilities in support of unified land operations.
Motrynczuk started his long military career in the Army in 1968.
"I went to school in Mayville and graduated from Mayville Central School," he said. "I was then drafted into the Army during the Vietnam era and ended up staying with it, and served close to 39 years."
Motrynczuk said he went through the enlisted ranks before becoming a warrant officer. He said that led him to being the Army's food adviser for the last seven years of his service. He retired in July 2007 from active duty. He said being inducted in the Quartermaster Hall of Fame was quite the honor.
"It was just a proud moment, I guess," he said.
Motrynczuk believes he was inducted into the Hall of Fame because of his work taking care of forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said for the first time during a U.S. war or conflict, a prime vendor system was implemented under his watch.
"What the leaders wanted, when they realized they would be there for some time, was to implement a system that would take care of bringing over the types of food soldiers were used to eating in the U.S.," he said. "So we implemented a prime vendor system by working with suppliers like Sysco, U.S. Foods. We contracted with client vendors to bring over the groceries and pushed it out to distribute it to all the camps. That was a real challenge. It wasn't like taking the groceries up the interstate. Sometimes it took three days to get where the base camps were because of the problems we had getting to certain locations."
Motrynczuk said it took many people to implement the prime vendor system. He said he was glad to be one of them.
"Being a part of a system to take care of our soldiers, it was a good feeling," he said. "That is what we did. We made sure the soldiers were taken care of."