By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christian B. Martinez

BREMERTON, Wash. – The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) was recognized as the runner-up for the 2013 Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award Oct. 9 at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton.

The Ney Award is co-sponsored by the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) and encourages excellence in Navy Food Service programs with the objective of improving the quality of life for Navy personnel.

Stennis received the honor for competing in the aircraft carrier category for food service and being named best carrier on the west coast.

“This achievement means recognition for our culinary specialists and their hard work every day,” said Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Stephen Boos, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “It is recognition for all the special meals and the advanced, creative techniques that you won’t find on other ships.”

Supply department’s Food Service Division (S-2) prepared for the evaluation by performing routine inspections of food service work spaces and making sure material inventories were organized and up to date.

“This was a team effort,” said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Vince Wilson, from Houston. “It took hard work and long hours of preparation to receive this honor.”

Stennis is currently undergoing a Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

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