Ney and Hill Food Service Awards Announced

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The 1997 winners of the Navy Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Awards and the Marine Corps Major General W. P. T. Hill Memorial Awards for outstanding food service in the Navy and Marine Corps were announced February 14, 1997 by Navy Secretary John H. Dalton.

Formal presentation of the awards will be made in Albuquerque, NM on March 15, 1997 during the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) Annual Conference and Seminar.

Ney Awards are presented in afloat and ashore categories.

First place afloat galley winners are:

star Submarine USS INDIANAPOLIS (SSN 697)
star Small Afloat USS RENTZ (FFG 46)
star Medium Afloat USS SHILOH (CG 67)
star Large Afloat USS EMORY S. LAND (AS 39)
star Aircraft Carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

First place Ashore galley winners include:

star Small Ashore NCTAMS East Pacific, Honolulu, HI
star Medium Ashore Submarine Base Pearl Harbor, HI
star Large Ashore Naval Air Station North Island, CA
star Small Hospital Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan
star Medium Hospital Naval Hospital Charleston, SC
star Large Hospital Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA.

Ney runner-up awards in the afloat category are:

star Submarine USS PHILADELPHIA (SSN 690)
star Small Afloat ASSAULT CRAFT UNIT TWO (ACU 2)
star Medium Afloat USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44)
star Large Afloat USS PELELIU (LHA 5)
star Aircraft Carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74)

Ney runner-up awards in the ashore category went to:

star Small Ashore Galley Naval Air Station Brunswick, ME
star Medium Ashore Galley Naval Air Weapons Station Point Mugu, CA
star Large Ashore Galley Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI
star Small Hospital Galley Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms, CA
star Medium Hospital Galley Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, CA
star Large Hospital Galley Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA

Hill awards, presented in three categories, went to:

star Best Messhall: 12th Marines, Messhall 200, 3rd Marine Division, Marine Corps Base Camp S.D. Butler, Okinawa, Japan

starBest Field Mess: Aviation Ground Support Element, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Forces Pacific

starBest Reserve Field Mess: Headquarters & Service Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, Marine Forces Reserve, Marietta, GA.

The Hill award for Runner-Up Messhall:

starWeapons & Field Training Battalion Messhall 31611, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendelton, CA.

The Ney and Hill Awards recognize overall food service excellence by judging key areas in customer service, restauranteurship, cleanliness and management. Each category was evaluated by an independent team which reviewed food preparation, management, administration, equipment safety, sanitation, plastic waste and disposal.

The Ney Awards were established in 1958 and the Hill Awards in 1985 by the Secretary of the Navy and IFSEA to improve and recognize quality food service in the Navy and Marine Corps. IFSEA is a food service industry trade association whose members include executive chefs, operators, dietitians, consultants, managers and owners of catering firms, restaurants, hotels, and clubs.

The Sailor and the Marine - the people who eat in the mess hall or the general mess - are the ultimate winners. Over 430 general messes competed initially for the Navy Ney Awards while 132 Marine active and reserve messes vied for the Marine Corps Hill Awards. The Ney Awards are administered by the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP); the Hill Awards are administered by the U.S. Marine Corps Facilities and Services Division, Installations and Logistics Department.

The Afloat Team Evaluators included LCDR Dwight Ferguson of the Food Services Division, NAVSUP, LT Duane Eggert, Naval Branch Medical Clinic, Key West, FL; and Mr. Donald McIntosh, of IFSEA. The Ashore Team included LT Chuck Sexton, Officer-in-Charge Navy Food Management Team, San Diego, CA; and Mr. Mel Marinas of IFSEA. The Hospital Program involved LT Eric Bressman, Officer-in-Charge of the Navy Food Management Team Norfolk, VA and Mr. John Breslin of IFSEA.

For More Information contact
Elizabeth Van Wye
717/790-1543, DSN 430-1543

Navy Supply Corps News Release, dated February 17, 1997. -USN-

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