Story by Seaman Daniel Schumacher

Supply Department’s food service division (S-2) aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) prepared a new year’s brunch and dinner feast for the crew Jan. 1.

More than 6,000 pounds of food, including 1,600 pounds of steamship round beef, 1,600 pounds of pork ribs, 2,000 pounds of fried chicken, and 800 pounds of catfish, was processed for nearly 5,000 Sailors aboard Stennis.

“We want to start the newYear with a big hearty meal that everyone can enjoy,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Isaiah Harrell, from St. Louis, Mo.

S-2 division started gathering and preparing supplies for the feast a week in advance and began cooking for the meal the night before.

“We really shine on days like this where we work hard to get everything ready to give the crew something special to look forward to,” said S-2 Leading Petty Officer, Culinary Specialist 1st Class Michall Farmer, from Yakima, Wash. “This is our way to show our appreciation for all of the hard work the crew does to keep this ship running.”

For dessert, S-2 prepared a ceremonial cake, 6,000 cookies, 240 pies, 120 cheese cakes and 200 gallons of eggnog.

“This is the most dessert we have made for the crew all year,” said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Nicholas Hawkins, from Vancouver, Wash.

“I think it’s a great way for us to start the new year.” said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Stephanie Squires, from Coeur D’Alen, Idaho. “I got to enjoy a great meal with my friends and talk about what we’re all looking forward to this year.”

The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG), consisting of Stennis, Carrier Air Wing 9, Destroyer Squadron 21, and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) are forward deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to strengthen regional partnerships, sustain maritime security, and support combatant commander requirements for assets in the area.

For more information on JCSCSG visit www.navy.mil and www.facebook.com/stennis 74.

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Culinary Specialist Seaman Teresa Arnold, from Hamilton, Texas, serves steamship round to the crew in the aft galley aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). (U.S. Navy photo by SN Daniel P. Schumacher/Released)

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