MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the 2012 winners of the Navy Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Awards for outstanding food service Feb. 3.
"My personal congratulations to all the outstanding food service teams," Mabus wrote in an ALNAV message.
Captain Edward F. Ney Afloat results, representing the Navy's undersea enterprise, surface warfare enterprise, and naval aviation enterprise include:
First Place: USS Michigan (Gold) (SSGN 727)
Runner Up: USS New Hampshire (SSN 778)
Honorable Mention: USS Newport News (SSN 750)
Small Afloat Category
First Place: USS Rentz (FFG 46)
Runner Up: USS Carr (FFG 52)
Medium Afloat Category
First Place: USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)
Runner Up: USS Port Royal (CG 73)
Honorable Mention: USS The Sullivans (DDG 68)
Large Afloat Category
First Place: USS Makin Island (LHD 8)
Runner Up: USS Bataan (LHD 5)
Aircraft Carrier Category
First Place: USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)
Runner Up: USS Enterprise (CVN 65)
Captain Edward F. Ney Ashore General Mess Results, representing Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) include:
CONUS General Mess Category
First Place: Naval Base Coronado, Coronado, California
Runner Up: Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor, Washington
OCONUS General Mess Category
First Place: Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Yokosuka, Japan
Runner-Up: Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
These annual awards, co-sponsored by the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA), encourage excellence in Navy Food Service programs with the objective of improving the quality of life for Navy personnel.
First place winners and runners-up will be recognized during the IFSEA conference Saturday, March 31, in San Diego, Calif. Awards will be presented during the Joint Military and IFSEA Excellence in Food Service Awards ceremony Saturday evening.
"I commend the Navy Undersea Enterprise, Surface Warfare Enterprise, Naval Aviation Enterprise, CNIC, and Individual commands for their hard work and commitment to excellence," Mabus said.
"Nothing impacts Sailors on a day-to-day basis more than the food Culinary Specialists (CSs) prepare for them. These top-quality meals contribute directly to Sailor quality of life and morale of the ship," said Cmdr. Danny King, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Director, Navy Food Service. "These awards represent the best of the best and I am proud to be leading our food service professionals now as we incorporate more scratch cooking into our menus, increase training, and ensure appropriate manning levels."
"Our goals make certain culinary specialists stay proficient in their training, guaranteeing Sailors receive nourishing, high-quality food prepared fresh every day by CSs who take seriously their impact on Sailors' health, morale, and fleet readiness," King said. "Today's CSs have greater culinary instruction than ever before--with even more advanced training on the way. Sailors, both afloat and ashore, can look forward to even healthier and better-tasting meals in the near future."
The Navy's more than 7,300 culinary specialists (CS), deployed around the globe feed on average more than 92.5 million wholesome and nutritious meals per year, ensuring the Navy's fighting forces operate at peak performance and are ready to respond to threats worldwide.
"Congratulations and my very best wishes to the 2012 Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award winners, runner-ups, and honorable mention commands," said Roxanne Hauman, Ney program manager. "They have worked very hard during the 2012 Ney competition and deserve the recognition of the most prestigious food service award in the Navy. The Ney Award is a quality of life program, as it affects the health, morale, and retention of all Navy Sailors. The annual Ney food service awards foster excellence in food service across the Navy enterprise while improving the quality of life for our Navy personnel. Thanks to all the 2012 Ney finalists who participated in this year's Ney Program. They all did a wonderful job and are to be commended."
The Navy awards are named in honor of Captain Edward F. Ney, Supply Corps, U.S. Navy, head of the subsistence division of the Bureau of Supplies and Account from 1940-1945.
NAVSUP's primary mission is to provide U.S. naval forces with quality supplies and services. With headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP oversees logistics programs in the areas of supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, and security assistance. In addition, NAVSUP is responsible for quality of life issues for our naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods.
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