NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) was recently awarded top honors in the Dorie P. Miller Memorial Award for Food Service contest, which recognizes outstanding wardroom facilities onboard aircraft carriers.
Dorie Miller was a mess attendant aboard the battleship USS Arizona (BB 39). When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Dorie pulled a shipmate to safety, manned a machine gun and shot down four of the attacking aircraft.
Recognized for setting high standards in the fleet, HST is in the limelight once again. "This award is a very big deal because it recognizes everything the wardroom staff does" said Ensign Christopher Scott, Wardroom Officer. According to Scott, HST competed against the other six carriers in the Atlantic Fleet in several areas including food quality,
service and atmosphere."
HST's wardroom underwent a rigorous inspection by Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic Fleet (CNAL) to determine the frontrunner. "CNAL visits each competing command with food service inspectors to decide the acceptability of several functional areas in the wardroom," said Scott. This can include everything from menu planning to sanitation to manning and supervision.
Scott, who manages HST's three wardrooms, takes great pride in the professionalism that his motivated workforce has shown. "I think that this award was a long time coming for us," said Scott. "My staff put a lot of hard work into this, and they do a really good job. Sometimes Sailors don't get appreciated like they should so this is an excellent way of showing how their hard work pays off.
"If you look at any of our competition or even any other surface ships, compared in the way we run our wardroom, we are head and shoulders above the rest," said Scott. "There is nobody in the fleet that can touch us. You can definitely expect us to win this award again next year."
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