BY KELLEY STIRLING, PUBLIC AFFAIR S OFFICER NAVY EXCHANGE SERVICE COMMAND
Over the course of the last couple of months, 13 Navy ships have been recognized with the “Best Ships Store” award. Commander, Naval Air Forces and Commander, Naval Surface Forces selected the following ships store operations from both the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets to receive the award for 2014:
CVN: USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)
CG: USS Chancellorsville (CG 62)
DDG: USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53)
LSD: USS Rushmore (LSD 47)
LPD: USS Anchorage (LPD 23)
LCC: USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
LHD: USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
CVN USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)
CG: USS Anzio (CG 68)
DDG USS Farragut (DDG 99)
LPD: USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19)
LSD: USS Oak Hill (LSD 51)
LHD: USS Wasp (LHD 1)
“Your ships store personnel are commended for their hard work, sacrifice and commitment to excellence,” said Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command. Yuen also offered a personal “well done” to each of the ships servicemen and ships store officers.
The Best Ships Store designation signifies to the Fleet a superior level of service and excellence provided to the crew, which goes above and beyond the normal service provided on the other ships in the same class.
“Every year, our NEXCOM team, in conjunction with the type commanders, assesses the ships store operation, specifically in the areas of accountability, sustainability, service and, of course, customer satisfaction,” said Robert J. Bianchi, NEXCOM chief executive officer.
The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) manages the Navy’s Ships Stores Program by supporting the Supply Department on board the ship. The program includes the store itself, the barber shop and the laundry.
“NEXCOM’s Ships Stores Program is specifically designed to provide a better quality of life for our Sailors and marines,” said Bianchi.