Navy Food Service Summit Highlights Initiatives to Improve Sailors' Quality of Life and Readiness

Story Number: NNS200218-09Release Date: 2/18/2020 12:56:00 PM
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By Samantha Lohr, NAVSUP Office of Corporate Communications Public Affairs

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) -- Naval Supply Systems Command’s (NAVSUP) Food Service Team shared innovative ideas and best practices to improve quality of life and readiness at the fleet wide food service summit onboard Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Feb. 12-13.

During the two-day event, participants from across the Navy food service community and other Department of Defense partners tackled a range of topics to include the Navy Standard Core Menu, fulfilling the Go for Green® initiative to maximize Sailors’ healthy food options, recipe card updates, and incorporating small business innovation research to bring new food experiences to our service members, and many more.

With a focus on quality of life and readiness, the participants including U.S. Fleet Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Commander Naval Air Forces, Commander Naval Submarine Forces, Commander Naval Surface Forces, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and Military Sealift Command brought unique perspectives and insight into service member feeding.

“Supporting the warfighter takes a team effort from several organizations,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Wodele, director Navy Food Service. “The collective passion, expertise, and energy from this team was focused on several aspects of food service, but one of the top goals of the summit was to continue the process of standardizing and streamlining the master load list that supports the fleet. This will improve fill rates and strengthen the Navy’s subsistence supply chain, better positioning us for wartime operations.”

Master load lists include ingredients and items taken on a ship when getting ready for deployment. These lists help determine what items are necessary for sustainment. Fill rates are based on a vendor’s ability to fulfill an entire order.

“Global subsistence support is our business and are partnership with NAVSUP and the fleet is stronger than ever,” said Cmdr. Scott Long, Chief, Subsistence Supply Chain, DLA Troop Support. “This was evident in the work that was done during this summit to maximize readiness across the fleet.”

Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP's mission is to provide supplies, services, and quality-of-life support to the Navy and joint warfighter.


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