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March 28, 2013 / iDriveWarships

Boxer is “Best in the West” for Navy Chow

CS2 Roque carves designs into fruits and vegetables and makes garnishes for the galley aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4)

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Brian P. Biller, USS Boxer (LHD 4) Public Affairs

This week the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) was named runner up in the 2013 Navy Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award for food service excellence in the Large Afloat category.

“We’re still the best in the West, but second for the overall Navy,” explained Boxer’s food service officer, Chief Warrant Officer Carey A. Worsham, alluding to the East coast ship, USS Wasp (LHD 1) that took first Place.

In Worsham’s eyes, all of the Boxer crewmembers involved in the competition are winners.

The amount of preparation was intense, but all hands involved managed to come together for a common goal.

“Preparing for Ney inspection involves dedication, attention to detail, long hours and hard work for the CS’s and FSA’s,” said Boxers Supply Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, Master Chief Culinary Specialist (SW/AW) Norberto G. Tayag. “We have to make sure that our financial records, training, sanitation, inventory and equipment are all squared away,” he added.

The Food Service division began preparing for the inspection last September, and inspectors visited the ship in December.

“I’m very proud of all the CS’s and FSA’s work that went into preparing for this competition… I am so proud of the food service team and Boxer as a whole,” Worsham added.

Tayag added that being nominated and given a chance to compete for the best of the best in food service operations afloat is an experience that all his Sailors can be proud of, adding that their preparation for next year starts now.

Boxer’s Command Master Chief Todd R. Gruchalla said he could not be prouder of his Sailors for all their hard work and dedication.

“The time and effort that each Culinary Specialist (CS) and Food Service Attendant (FSA) provided to ensure the success of the Food Service Division is commendable,” he said. Gruchalla added that their efforts, along with all Boxer’s Sailors who participated in getting ready for the competition, will have a long-lasting effect on the ship for years to come.

“I am truly appreciative and extremely proud of all Sailors involved in showing the Navy that Boxer is the best ship on the waterfront,” he said.

The Ney awards are named in honor of Captain Edward F. Ney, Supply Corps, U.S. Navy, head of the subsistence division of the Bureau of Supplies and Account from 1940-1945.

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