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NRA honors excellence in military foodservice

The National Restaurant Association honored excellence in military foodservice Saturday at the John L. Hennessy and W.P.T. Hill Memorial Awards.

The awards breakfast at Chicago’s Sheraton Hotel & Towers is part of the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, which opened Saturday and runs through May 24.

NRA chairwoman Sally Smith hosted the celebration and noted that the breakfast took place on Armed Services Day.

“I am honored to welcome and thank the military for all they do” she said. “The winners richly merit recognition; we congratulate them all."

U.S. Air Force recipients received Hennessy Awards and U.S. Marine honorees were recognized with Major General W.P.T. Hill trophies. Awards were given for best single and multiunit foodservice installations on U.S. Air Force and Marine bases worldwide.

Th Hennessey Award winners were:
•  Multiple facility base: Hurlburt Field, Fla.
•  Single facility base: Kirtland Air force Base, N.M.
•  AFGSC best in missile feeding operations: 91st Space Wing, Minot Air Force Base, N.D.
•  USAFE food service small site award: 702nd Munitions Support Squadron, Buechel Air Base, Germany.

This year's Hill Award winners were:
•  Best military/contractor garrison mess hall: Mess Hall 1223, Camp Kinser, Marine Corps Base, Camp S.D. Butler, Okinawa, Japan.
•  Best reserve field mess: HQSVCo, 6th ESB, 4th MLG, Portland, Ore.
•  Best food service contracted garrison mess hall: Mess Hall 1660, MAGTF-TC, 29 Palms, Calif.
•  Best active field mess: CLR 27, 2nd MLG, II MEF, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The NRA also presented the Hennessy Travelers’ Association Award of Excellence during the festivities. The award honors airmen who exemplify the highest standards of professionalism, attitude and culinary skill. This year’s winners were:

•  Multiple facility: SRA Melissa R. Caballero, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.
•  Single facility: A1C Rebecca A. LaBelle, Davis-Monthan Air force Bases, Ariz.

In addition, the NRA also presented the first Arthur J. Myers Award for Foodservice Excellence. This year’s winners were A1C Jeffrey L. Peoples, Hurlburt Field, Fla., and A1C Kevin J. Pordon, RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom. Both recipients were recognized for professionalism, attitude, commitment to service, culinary skill, team spirit and leadership qualities.

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