Navy announces Ney Award winners

Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz are among the winners of the 2011 Capt. Edward F. Ney Memorial Awards for excellence in Navy foodservice. The awards represent the best operators that fall under the purview of Commander, Navy Installations Command.

First-place winners, runners-up and honorable mention commands will be recognized in a special ceremony during the Joint Military and International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) conference April 2, in Schaumburg, Ill. This year marks the 53rd anniversary of this program.

"The Ney Award is a quality of life program, as it affects the health, morale and retention of all the Navy sailors," said Roxanne Haumann, Ney Award program manager. "The annual Ney foodservice awards foster excellence in foodservice across the Navy enterprise, while improving the quality of life for our Navy personnel."

Naval Station Guantanamo Bay won in the Overseas General Mess category. the runner-up was the Silver Dolphin Bistro Galley, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

In the Continental U.S. General Mess category, Port Hueneme Galley, Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., was awarded first place. The runner-up was the Admiral Nimitz Dining Facility, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.

In addition to the Aircraft Carrier category, there were four Navy vessels honored in the Afloat categories. They were: USS Maryland (submarine), USS Doyle (small afloat), USS Leyte Gulf (medium afloat) and USS Blue Ridge (large afloat).