USS HUE CITY, At Sea (NNS) -- The non-profit organization Steak Team Mission visited USS Hue City (CG 66) Nov. 15, bringing with them steaks from Texas to be grilled on the ship's flight deck as part of a steel beach picnic.
Steak Team Mission is run completely by volunteers and is dedicated to visiting members in deployed locations to provide and also grill Texas tenderloins as a way to thank those who serve in the military.
The group has traveled around the world, bringing military members a good meal over the past 10 years. Volunteers with the organization served their 50,000th steak dinner to deployed service members while aboard Hue City.
"Hands down, one of the best moments I've had on deployment so far," said Quartermster Seaman Antoine Gamble. "The food was amazing, the guests were polite and I had a great time. I appreciate everyone from Steak Team Mission that volunteered to come out and give Hue City a wonderful steak dinner. It's always a great feeling to be able to relax and take a break from the everyday ship life. We are all very thankful."
The steel beach featured lots of steaks as well as games and music facilitated by the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
"The food was great and there was a lot of different things that we usually don't have," said Personnel Specialist 1st Class (SW/SCW) Scott Rose. "I greatly appreciate them coming out here and doing this for the crew."
Culinary specialists aboard the ship had some special interactions with the Steak Team Mission members, as they exchanged prepping and grilling techniques.
"It was great having them in the kitchen and watching how they prepared the meals for us," said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Alex Abreu. "We had fun and it looks like they had fun too."
Among the volunteers with Steak Team Mission were a retired Navy captain and retired Army major general. The fact that former senior leaders of the military would want to give back in this fashion impressed Hue City Sailors.
"It's nice to know that these people have such big hearts to give back to our military and knowing that a few of them have served our country makes it even better," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Reshonda Cole.
Others on Hue City echoed these thoughts of appreciation. Most noted how nice it was to get a home-cooked meal, particularly because of the fact that the steaks were made-to-order.
"When the crew from Steak Team Mission came out to grill us a steak to our liking, it brought back a small feeling of home," said Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Kevin Jones. "I am very appreciative that the volunteers traveled this far for us."
Hue City's commander officer, Capt. Dan B. Uhls, was especially appreciative for the visit because he recognized that it would encourage the crew to continue on with the deployment.
"These people are amazing for doing this, taking the time to visit us while deployed and showing there appreciation for us is definitely a moral booster," said Ulhs. "Our Sailors have worked hard this deployment and this was a great way to give them a small break and enjoy themselves."
Hue City is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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