CSS Learning Center San Diego … Culinary School Facility Unveils Renovated Galley

 

 

An instructor demonstrates how to butter rolls to students attending the Galley Watch Captains course taught through the Center for Service Support Learning Site San Diego. The meal was part of a ribbon cutting ceremony for the reopening of the school after several renovations. (Photo by MC2 Stephen Doyle II)

An instructor demonstrates how to butter rolls to students attending the Galley Watch Captains course taught through the Center for Service Support Learning Site San Diego. The meal was part of a ribbon cutting ceremony for the reopening of the school after several renovations. (Photo by MC2 Stephen Doyle II)

 

 

Sailors attending the Galley Watch Captain course taught at the Center for Service Support (CSS) Learning Site San Diego unveiled a recently renovated galley in February.

 The galley is the site for the Galley Watch Captain course, where about 600 Culinary Specialists (CS) from around the fleet come annually to learn how to run the galley, from opening to closing as well as other key galley operations, including sanitation.

 “The school provides CSs in the fleet a base and overall knowledge of what it’s going to take to become a watch captain,” said CS3 Ethan Jones, serving aboard USS Cheyenne (SSN 773).

 Improvements to the facility include a resurfaced galley deck, resurfaced bulkheads and new galley equipment.

 “The renovation will give the students the best possible training experience that we can provide them with,” explained Lt. Rayfield Golden, site director for CSS Learning Site San Diego.  “It gives a clean appearance, and it allows you to feel comfortable that they are giving you the best opportunity to shine,” he added.

Lt. Rayfield Golden, site director for the Center for Service Support Learning Site San Diego, addresses culinary specialists attending the Galley Watch Captains School prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony.  (Photo by MC2 Stephen Doyle II)

Lt. Rayfield Golden, site director for the Center for Service Support Learning Site San Diego, addresses culinary specialists attending the Galley Watch Captains School prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony. (Photo by MC2 Stephen Doyle II)

 

 The improvements to the galley not only provide students with a cleaner and more capable working environment, they also allow them to learn things that the CSs may not have the time or opportunity to learn in the fleet.

 “I’ve been at Galley Watch Captain School for about a month now,” said CS3 Jareo Thomas, serving with Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW 116) out of Point Mugu, Calif.  “I’ve learned form, baking principles, and a lot of guidelines on sanitation.”

 Financial support and overall coordination for the renovations were key in the months leading up to the ribbon cutting ceremony.  “Center for Service Support Newport, R.I., was very instrumental in getting the funding rolling for this project and also the leadership at Navy Region Southwest,” Lt. Golden emphasized.

 Guests from around the region and personnel from the students’ chains of command attended to share in the festivities and enjoyed a lunch prepared by the students in their new galley.

 “It’s good for appearances and for sanitation, and it defiantly gives an overall clean appearance, as it should be in our rate,” CS3 Jones said.

 The Navy’s more than 7,000 CS — deployed around the globe — feed on average more than 92 million wholesome and nutritious meals per year, ensuring the Navy’s fighting forces operate at peak performance and are ready to respond to threats worldwide.  Navy commanding officers agree that nothing impacts Sailors on a day-to-day basis more than the food CSs prepare for them; they believe these top quality meals contribute directly to a Sailor’s quality of life and morale.

 Today’s CSs have greater culinary instruction than ever before.  With even more advanced training on the way, Sailors, both afloat and ashore, can look forward to even healthier and better-tasting meals in the near future.

By MC2(SW/AW) Stephen Doyle II

Navy Public Affairs Support Element West