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Highlights of the July 2016 Issue


 

HENNESSY/DISNEY AWARDS

Staying True to Goals

Hennessy and Disney Awards Motivate Higher Performance

Food service teams selected as winners of the Air Force John L. Hennessy and Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth W. Disney awards in 2016 continued a commitment made 60 years ago to achieve the highest quality meals available to airmen.

The Hennessy and Disney award programs amount to more than simply a competition to identify winners. Interaction with Air Force and hospitality industry experts through the evaluation process is an opportunity to advance culinary careers and improve skills while motivating teams to higher standards of performance.

At Patrick AFB, Fla., the Riverside Dining Facility’s (RFD) 45th Force Support Squadron food service team eagerly anticipated beginning its evaluation for the Hennessy competition back on Feb. 11, and the opportunity to showcase its motivational motto.

“The RFD provides fresh foods and convenience to all airmen while providing an open and friendly atmosphere to enjoy lunch with all civilian and 45th Space Wing personnel,” said Food Service Officer Peter King. “Needless to say, the Riverside Dining Facility is ready and anxious to host the Hennessy Award Team evaluators — The Best Never Rest.”

 

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Rewarding Individual Achievement

Forum for Culinary Excellence Trains the Top Performers

During evaluations of Air Force food service teams to select winners of the annual John L. Hennessy and Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth W. Disney Awards, judges also keep an eye out for standout individuals.

These individuals are recognized as nominees for the Hennessy Travelers’ Association (HTA) Award of Excellence and Disney Food Service Excellence Award. Nominees for these prestigious individual recognition honors are invited to participate in the Armed Forces Forum for Culinary Excellence, a weeklong training and education program at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Greystone, Calif.

“They cook side-by-side with culinary chefs and receive instruction and interaction with industry veterans,” said Master Sgt. Joseph Youngs, a Region 2 evaluator. “These industry leaders describe and highlight the opportunities that the participants’ experience in military food service is preparing them for the civilian sector.”

 

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HILL AWARDS
Sharing A Mission
Hill Award Recognizes Top Marine Corps Food Service Teams

 

Best Active Field Mess
Marine Wing Support Squadron 172,
Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine
Aircraft Wing, III MEF, Okinawa, Japan.Marine Corps food service teams share a common mission, the commitment to perform to the highest standards whether in the field or in garrison when preparing the meals that support the physical performance and mental wellbeing of fellow Marines.

That commitment to supporting the military mission and morale is recognized annually when the Marine Corps completes evaluations for the William Pendleton Thompson Hill Memorial awards for food service excellence.

Winners enjoy the distinction of being considered the best performers among all the Marine Corps food service teams that competed for the Hill award. The achievement is celebrated with each winning food service team being presented a Hill trophy at the annual Military Food Service Awards Dinner during the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago, Ill.

This year’s awards were presented May 20, 2016, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. Also recognized during the dinner were culinary teams from the Army, Air Force, Air National Guard, Navy and Military Sealift Command. ...

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MILITARY CULINARY AWARDS
Win Or Lose, Competition Makes Teams Better
Army Selects Connelly Food Service Excellence Winners

 

Best Active Field Mess
Marine Wing Support Squadron 172,
Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine
Aircraft Wing, III MEF, Okinawa, Japan.The Philip A. Connelly awards program is a competition that challenges individual culinary specialists to enhance the quality of Army food service by demonstrating skill and teamwork while performing at the highest standards of excellence.

Teams compete for awards in categories that recognize accomplishments in meal production, whether working in high-volume garrison dining facilities or demanding, rugged field kitchens.

The Field Feeding team assigned to headquarters 143rd Sustainment Command (expeditionary) is prepared whether cooking in adverse conditions without a complete complement of equipment or under the best circumstances.

Culinary specialists with the 143rd Sustainment Command showcased their talents on March 12 during an evaluation for the Connelly award in the U.S. Army Reserve Field Kitchen category. ...

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NEY AWARDS
A Commitment To Excellence
Navy’s Ney Award Continues to Raise the Standard of Performance

 

Best Active Field Mess
Marine Wing Support Squadron 172,
Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine
Aircraft Wing, III MEF, Okinawa, Japan.Top Navy Food Service teams earn the Capt. Edward F. Ney, SC, USN, Memorial award through a rigorous evaluation process that also achieves a training and motivation element to raise the quality of meals served in galleys, whether ashore or afloat.

Navy Food Service teams compete for Ney awards in six categories. Winners in each category are selected according to the same intense evaluation criteria. Evaluations measure how well the teams demonstrate culinary skills across the entire range of operations from preparation to administration.

Winners also are awarded additional training from the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) to assist the command and to provide specialized career training for the ship’s culinary specialists.

“I commend the Navy Undersea Enterprise, Surface Warfare Enterprise, Naval Aviation Enterprise, CNIC [Commander, Navy Installations Command] and individual commands for their hard work and commitment to excellence,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in announcing the 2016 Ney winners for outstanding food service on March 25. ...

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MILITARY FOOD SERVICE BROKER DIRECTORY

 

Best Active Field Mess
Marine Wing Support Squadron 172,
Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine
Aircraft Wing, III MEF, Okinawa, Japan.In an effort to connect food service professionals, as well as prime vendor distributors, with the brokers representing specific product lines, Government Food Service publishes this Broker Directory.

The following sales and marketing firms specialize in representing food product lines across the spectrum of government food service, from the military on through federal buildings, facilities and services. ...

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