USS Carl Vinson Crew members Celebrate Thanksgiving

Story Number: NNS071127-01Release Date: 11/27/2007 8:36:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Todhunter, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) served up a special Thanksgiving meal on board the ship Nov. 22 for crew members standing duty or on watch during the holiday.

Carl Vinson's culinary specialists carefully planned the menu and prepared the meal in the ship's Floating Accommodation Facility.

As part of the event, "Gold Eagle" Sailors had the opportunity to bring friends and family members aboard to enjoy the meal. Carl Vinson served more than 300 hungry crew members and their families.

"We had planned and finalized the menu weeks prior to this day," said Carl Vinson's Food Service Officer, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Armstrong. "The roast was thawed two days prior and the turkey was cooked at midnight the night before."

The holiday meal included many traditional Thanksgiving Day staples, turkey, holiday ham, roast beef, mashed potatoes, collard greens and stuffing. Armstrong said his galley staff went out of their way to ensure Carl Vinson Sailors could enjoy a deserving holiday feast.

"We had a comfortable dining environment with dim lights and ice sculptures," said Armstrong. "It was a nice setup, and we wanted to provide our Sailors with a first-class dining experience and memorable holiday meal."

For Carl Vinson's galley staff, serving the crew and family members during the holiday was a great source of job satisfaction.

"The meal went over very well with the duty section and their families," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Shirley Cummings. "Good food is a big morale booster for the crew, and we think we accomplished that today in preparing this meal."

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