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Excellence in Military Foodservice Celebrated at 2016 National Restaurant Association Show

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) honored members of America’s armed forces for excellence in foodservice with a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the annual National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago on May 20, 2016.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 21, 2016 – The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) honored members of America’s armed forces for excellence in foodservice with a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the annual National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago on May 20, 2016. Award winners also participated in three days of foodservice training at Kendall College and attended informative educational sessions at the NRA Show.

The awards and training program build on the National Restaurant Association’s year-round commitment to military foodservice professionals. NRAEF bestowed awards on service members from across all branches of the military.

The John L. Hennessy Award, celebrating its 60th year, recognizes excellence in foodservice for the Air Force, the W.P.T. Hill Award honors Marine Corps foodservice operations, the Kenneth Disney Award recognizes Air National Guard, the Captain Edward F. Ney honors the Navy, the Philip A. Connelly Foodservice Awards honor the Army and the Captain David Cook award recognizes the Military Sealift Command.

The following installations were honored during the 2016 Military Foodservice Awards:

 

Winners of the Philip A. Connelly awards:

Winner for the best garrison food operation:

HHC, 21st Special Troops Battalion, 21 Theater Sustainment Command

Kaiserslautern, Germany

Winner for the best active army field kitchen:

307th Brigade Support Battalion 1st Brigade Combat Team 82nd Airborne Division

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Winner for the best Army Air Reserve:

423rd Transportation Company

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Winner for the best Army National Guard:

HHD 110th Multi-Functional Medical Battalion, Nebraska Army National Guard

Lincoln, Nebraska

 

Winners of the Marines W.P.T. Hill awards:

Winner for the best military/contractor garrison mess hall:

Mess Hall 5500

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Marine Corps Installations West

San Diego, California

Winner for the best full food service contracted garrison mess hall:

Mess Hall 3120

Marine Corps Base

Marine Corps Base Camp

Marine Corps Installations West

Camp Pendleton, California

Winner for the best active field mess:

Marine Wing Support Squadron 172

Marine Aircraft Group 36

1st Marine Aircraft Wing

Iii Mef, Okinawa, Japan

Winner for the best reserve field mess:

Combat Logistics Regiment 45

4th Marine Logistics Group

Marine Forces Reserve

Smyrna, Georgia

 

Winners of the Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Awards:

Award for best aircraft carrier:

Aircraft Carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISNHOWER (CVN 69)

Naval Station Norfolk

Norfolk, Viriginia

Award for the best small/medium afloat:

Afloat USS ANTIETAM (CG 54)

Naval Activity Yokosuka

Yokosuka, Japan

Award for the best large afloat:

USS WASP (LHD 1) Naval Station Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia

Award for the best large ashore:

Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka
Yokosuka, Japan

Award for the best small ashore:

Naval Base Point Loma

Naval Base Point Loma

Point Loma, California

Award for the best submarine:

USS TEXAS (SSN 775)

Naval Base Pearl Harbor   

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

 

Winners of the Captain David M. Cook food service excellence awards:

Award for the best food service operation small category is:

USNS PECOS (T-AO 197)

USNS RICHARD E. BYRD (T-AKE 4)

Award for the best food service operation large category:

USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20)

Winners of the 2016 John L Hennessey awards:

Air Force region 1 category winner:

Patrick Air Force Base

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Air Force region 2 category winner:

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

Anchorage, Alaska

Winner of the 2016 John L. Hennessey awards for Air Force Reserves:

Westover Air Reserve Base

Chicopee, Massachusetts

 

Winner of the Senior Master Sergeant Kenneth W. Disney food service award:

157th Air Refueling Wing, Force Support Squadron, Sustainment Services Flight

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

 

Senior military leadership, members of the NRA and NRAEF board members and trustees, and industry leaders all attended the dinner. The Military Foodservice Awards Dinner and Training Program are generously supported by sponsors including Sodexo, Ecolab, Hobart, Anheuser Busch, BJ’s Restaurants, New Chef, Rose Packing, Sysco, Skip and Gayle Sack, Hormel, Butterball, Acosta, Ventura Foods and several others.

Rob Gifford, executive vice president of the NRAEF, said:

“It’s an honor for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to recognize the most outstanding military foodservice professionals for their work, and to offer them additional training that will help them to excel in their careers. This awards ceremony comes at a timely moment, on the eve of Armed Services Day. It’s a reminder for all of us to strive to thank these men and women – every day of the year – for their exceptional contributions to the military through their dedication to foodservice.”

On Armed Forces Day, the NRAEF and NRA will host a toast to the troops hosted with Anheuser Busch and at the culmination of the three days, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

The NRA’s decades-long partnership honoring excellence in military foodservice began in 1957 with the Air Force Hennessy Trophy Awards program. Each year, individuals representing the NRA, the NRAEF, and the Society for Foodservice and Hospitality Management travel with senior military officers to military dining facilities around the globe to evaluate foodservice operations and select the winners.

In addition to recognizing foodservice excellence within the armed forces, the NRA and NRAEF demonstrates its support for America’s military by supporting military hospitality programs and supporting opportunities for veterans.

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