Double Play

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ethan Miller, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

Capt. Ryan B. Scholl, commanding
officer of aircraft carrier USS Harry S.
Truman (CVN 75), announced Truman as
the 2015 recipient of the Dorie P. Miller
Award and the Carl Scheuefelle Award,
March 15.

The two awards represent the highest
rated wardroom and chief’s mess in the
fleet. The competition encompasses every
class of ship around the globe.

“I’m very proud of my Sailors,” said Chief
Warrant Officer Wanda Trammell, Truman’s
food service officer. “It’s not me, I’m not the
one who actually got the award – they made
it happen. I’m proud for them, that they are
being recognized at such a high level.”

Judging for both the Dorie P. Miller
and Carl Sheuefelle Awards took place in
September 2015. Representatives from
Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic
came aboard during Truman’s Composite
Training Unit Exercise and evaluated the
crew’s performance.

“These awards demonstrate the hard
work culinary specialists and food service
attendants put into ensuring the quality of
the food, and the presentation of the food is
at the five-star level we’re well known for,”
said Trammell. “We’re being recognized for
providing that service.”

Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Shawna
Schutts, a three-and-a-half year Truman
veteran with seven months assigned to
the wardroom, said winning the award is
a testament to the dedication of Truman’s
food service crew.

“Everybody, our whole crew, in the
wardroom has really done some hard work
and came together as a team to accomplish
our goal of being one of the best in the
fleet,” said Schutts. “It feels good that
we’re getting recognized for our efforts as
a whole, both culinary specialists and food
service attendants.”

Culinary Specialist 1st Class Samuel
Waits, leading petty officer of Truman’s
Chief ’s Mess, said working toward
these awards has been a rewarding
experience itself.

“Working in the Chief’s mess has been
great for me,” said Waits. “I’m very happy
to train the new guys and make the Chiefs
happy. That’s what our job is all about –
making the crew happy.”

Trammell added her thoughts on the
competition, stating the customer service
her crew provides has been the secret to
their victory.

“We care about our customers,” said
Trammell. “I think that’s the number one
concern. We listen to what they want,
we provide the service they request and
we present it in a manner they won’t see
anywhere else.”

This is not the first time Truman has
won either of these awards, according to
Trammell. However, it is the first time in
quite a while the crew has brought home
both in the same year.

“I want to say to the FSAs and the
CSs that I’m very proud of everything
they’ve accomplished,” said Trammell.
“We’re only as good as our last meal and
they try very hard to make every meal a
five-star affair. It’s not always easy, but I
want to tell them to keep on going, keep
your head high.”

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