The Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award – 59 Years of Excellence

BY CHERYL L. HERNANDEZ, NEY PROGRAM MANAGER NAVAL SUPPLY SYSTEMS COMMAND

The Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award Program was established in 1958 by the Secretary of the Navy to recognize afloat and ashore general messes that demonstrate excellence in food service. Named in honor of the late Capt. Edward Francis Ney, Supply Corps, United States Navy, the Ney Memorial Awards Program represents the pinnacle of Navy food service success. It promotes friendly competition among units, instills pride in accomplishment, and spreads esprit de corps throughout the Navy.

The Ney awards have evolved over the years. The USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV 42) and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay were the first afloat and ashore galleys to take home the inaugural Ney award. There are now six eligible categories; four afloat and two ashore. The award presentation ceremony has also transitioned from a small Navy sponsored event to one that is now hosted by the National Restaurant Association as part of the Joint Services Excellence in Food Service. More than 200 industry and military guests attended the event in Chicago, Illinois, on May 19, 2017.

So what does it take to be a Ney winner?

Conduct business in accordance with policy and standard operating procedures. Use Appendix I of the P-486 as a guide. New/updated galley equipment is not the key to success. It is more important to follow daily upkeep, sanitation, safety, administration, management, FSM3, and training practices. “Think Ney every day.” That is what it takes to be a Ney winner.

Winners of the Captain Edward F. Ney memorial awards:
USS Missouri (SSN 780)
USS Ashland (LSD 48)
USS America (LHA 6)
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)
Naval Base San Diego
Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story

USS America (LHA 6)

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

Joint Expeditionary Base
Little Creek–Fort Story

Naval Base San Diego

USS Ashland (LSD 48)

July/August 2017