Today, The Naval Academy Club at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Md., is a thriving foodservice operation. Less than 10 years ago, that didn’t even seem like a possibility.
In the long history of the country’s military, on-base clubs have offered a place for on-base catering, as well as off-hours gathering places for base personnel, most often officers.
In the early 1990s, military club operations stopped receiving appropriated funds and instead began receiving nonappropriated funding, a change that caused a number of clubs to close or consider closing. The Officer’s Club on base was one of those considered for closing. “The Naval Academy had an Officer’s Club here, and it was run by the Naval Station in the 1998-2000 timeframe,” said Phillip Allison, deputy director of the Naval Academy Business Services Division. “They were going to close, and the superintendent of the Naval Academy at that time decided to realign them with the Academy.”
The Academy-operated club struggled until 2006, when
Allison was brought in. “We didn’t have a focus,” he said.
“We had a club, but it wasn’t really active as a part of the
military university setting. I had a foodservice background,
and there was a desire in the 2006 timeframe to close, and that is when we started the trajectory to refocus from an Officer’s
Club to more of a University Club open to both the military
and the academic faculty. Many of our faculty don’t have a
military background. We called ourselves the Officer’s and
Faculty Club, but very few of our members were from the
faculty, and our civilian faculty was not familiar with the club
aspect of the military. We remarketed ourselves, not as the
Officer’s and Faculty Club, but as the Naval Academy Club,
invested in a renovation, invested in an executive chef and
began to up our game to show the value that we could bring
to a university setting.” ...
On Nov. 19, 2014, lodging professionals from Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS), Navy Getaways and Navy/Marine Corps Fisher Houses gathered worldwide at local installations to celebrate Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Navy Lodging Program Appreciation Day, and to present awards to the CNIC Lodging Employees of the Year. These professionals recognized individual professional accomplishments, such as Manager, Supervisor, Associate, Front Desk Associate and Housekeeper of the Year Awards.
“Lodging Appreciation Day is always one of the BEST days of the year!” said CNIC Navy Lodging Program Manager Tamara Davis. “Because we celebrate at 69 installations worldwide, at approximately the same time, we are truly celebrating ‘together.’ My team and I have had the opportunity to be at some of the celebrations each year and we love the fun, the laughter, the great food and participating in the award celebrations. Heroes Stay With Us!”
The CNIC Lodging Employee Recognition Program recognizes lodging managers who distinguish themselves in outstanding support of lodging operations, personnel management and superior customer service; supervisors in mid-level management positions who have demonstrated excellent leadership, initiative and motivation; and front-line employees who have demonstrated superior customer service to both internal and external customers. ...Read more CNIC LODGING PROGRAMS CELEBRATE LODGING APPRECIATION DAY ...