The Flight Line Café at Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) continues to rack up annual recognition. For the eighth consecutive year, the galley has been given a 5-Star accreditation.
“Every year, the galley serves thousands of wholesome and nutritious meals to our Sailors and Marines, and they do it with the absolute best customer service,” said NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Connor.
The facility’s nearly 40 military and civilian personnel endured an intense eight-hour assessment from inspectors and met meticulous criteria that rates overall performances.
“The award is a testament to the dedication of both the military and civilian employees assigned to this operation,” said CSC Eber Barraza. “Our team conducted their duties diligently and professionally, which helped foster an environment that demands success. It illustrated our practices that we do consistently and demonstrated that we are committed to excellence.”
According to Food Service Officer CWO4 Benny Brockington, the galley had little prep for the assessment, as they work constantly under the guidelines set forth by Navy Region Southeast and Navy.
“The standard is what we enforce everyday,” said Brockington.
“I feel we continually earn this by strictly adhering to record keeping, inventory, food service, customer service and proper emphasis on sanitation.”
During the last year, the galley paid $804,168 in food costs.
They served a total of 68,706 meals, including those during Hurricane Irma and special holiday meals.
In 2017, the Flight Line Cafe qualified and competed for a Capt. Edward F. Ney Award, an honor established by the Secretary of the Navy and the International Food Service Executives Association in 1958.
The award encourages excellence in Navy food service programs, with the objective of improving the quality of life for Navy personnel.
“If there is one way to characterize the personnel involved in receiving the 5-Star accreditation, I would say pride,” said Barraza.
“It was a collective effort of our entire team.”