USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), At sea (NNS) -- The forward-deployed Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was announced as the 2015 Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award winner March 19.
The Captain Edward F. Ney Award for food service excellence is given annually to Navy galleys of each category of ship and shore commands that earn a five-star rating in a one-day inspection. The objective is to improve the quality of life for Navy personnel and recognize the best general messes in the Navy.
"I'm extremely proud. It's been one of my professional goals for a very long time because I understand the importance of food on morale," said Cmdr. Justin Debord, Carl Vinson supply officer. "It's one of the most gratifying things in my career to date. In the food service arena, it is considered an extreme honor to be selected because it is very competitive. Everybody tries to do their best to put out excellent food service, so to be recognized as the best is a great honor."
Carl Vinson underwent a thorough inspection of their food service division Sept. 30, which evaluated the criteria for the award, including: cleanliness, food quality, organization, inventory, galley presentation and culinary specialist job proficiency.
"We have high caliber, talented culinary specialists and food service attendants," said Chief Warrant Officer Kathryn Thompson, Carl Vinson food services officer. "I'm extremely proud of the food services team. Their hard work and passion paid off."
Winning this award took hard work and contributions from the entire crew, said Master Chief Culinary Specialist Carl Demus, S-2 division leading culinary specialist.
"From engineering department Sailors who made sure that all of our equipment worked properly, to media department supporting us with photos, video and story coverage, showing the world what we do on board the ship. It is an honor to be apart of this award-winning group of Sailors," said Demus.
The award was established by the Secretary of the Navy in 1958, to honor Ney, who served as the head of the Subsistence Division of the Bureau of Supplies and Account during World War II. Carl Vinson last won the award in 1996.
Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region.
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