Guantanamo Bay Galley Wins Food Service Award

Story Number: NNS110204-17Release Date: 2/4/2011 4:55:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Leona Mynes, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) announced
the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Gold Hill Galley is the winner of the 2010 Capt. Edward F. Ney Award for excellence in food service outside of the continental United States (OCONUS), Jan. 27.

More than 25 staff members comprised of civilians and Sailors had a direct role in preparing for pre-award inspections, including Culinary 2nd Class Enny Mercado, a quality assurance petty officer at the galley.

"We had to make sure all paperwork was done correctly and to perfection, ensure galley personnel were 100 percent trained and make sure all of our equipment was working properly," said Mercado.

Though refined quality assurance was necessary to compete for the Capt. Edward F. Ney Award, quality assurance at the galleys aboard the base is a number one priority for galley staff year-round, said Mercado.

Five military members assigned to food services GTMO, including Mercado, will travel to Chicago, Ill., to be formally presented with the award.

"We couldn't have gotten this award without our civilian
employees and our customers," said Mercado. "I feel honored to have received it."

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