COMNAVAIRPAC Force Culinary Specialist

BY CSCM (SW/AW) GARFIELD CHRISTIE, USN COMMANDER
NAVAL AIR FORCES PACIFIC

COMNAVAIRPAC Force CS – CSCM Garfield Christie

‘Live, Love, and Lead’ is the motto that CSCM (SW/AW) Garfield Christie, Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific’s Force culinary specialist (CS) has lived by throughout his naval career.

Live – All Sailors must eat to fight and live.

Love – I love what I do to enhance Sailors and food service.

Lead – In everything I do, I lead.

There is never a dull moment in the food service divisions of the fleet’s ten aircraft carriers, regardless of what phase they may be in at any given time. Food service division (S-2) has the privilege of directly impacting the morale and well-being of every Sailor, chief, and officer on any given platform. It is no small task, but our CSs humbly and professionally deliver 24/7 365 days a year. Feeding up to 5000 Sailors daily is the ever-challenging task of an aircraft carrier food service division.

Our job at COMNAVAIRPAC is to provide maximum support to each carrier food service division by means of training, assessing, and inspecting. The support we provide extends to, but is not limited to, menu development, special functions, food order processing, records maintenance, and equipment maintenance/upgrade. Like any other major industry, food service is dynamic and we are constantly looking for innovative ways to improve the quality of life for our Sailors through new initiatives driven by market technologies. When we are not aboard a ship, we are reviewing end of month reports, monitoring the Food Service Management system, and engaging in constant communication with each aircraft carrier’s khaki leadership in S-2.

The COMNAVAIRPAC team includes Services Officer Lt. Carlos Lopez; COMNAVAIRLANT Force FSO CWO4 Aleithia Castro; Jim French, Emil Medina, and Roberto Yngson. We are totally committed to being strong advocates for our CSs servicing our fleet! We have the privilege of being able to live and serve in our Navy, to be able to do something we all love, and to lead our Sailors while also having them lead us by embracing their fresh ideas!

July/August 2017