News: MCAS Futenma achieves Mess Hall of year for MCBJ
Story by Lance Cpl. Courtney White
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, Japan - The mess hall on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma out cooked the competition when it won Mess Hall of the Year for Marine Corps Bases Japan.
The MCAS Futenma mess hall, staffed by 29 Marines and 43 civilians, has won the quarterly competition for the past 11 quarters, but had not won Mess Hall of the Year for MCBJ until now.
Three mess halls were in the final running to determine Mess Hall of the Year for MCBJ, said Gunnery Sgt. Jesus A. Segura, the mess hall’s manager.
“To determine the top three contenders, food technicians from units all over Japan calculate previous quarters’ quality assurance evaluations and technical inspection results for all the mess halls,” said Segura. “From there, the three highest scores get put into the competition for Mess Hall of the Year for Marine Corps Bases Japan.”
The personnel at the mess hall strive to make every meal the best meal possible by being attentive to even the smallest details.
“We pay attention to everything,” said Sgt. Londell D. Calloway, a chief cook for the mess hall. “We even hold weekly formations to ensure our uniforms are squared away.”
Another contributing factor to their success is good communication and good working relationships, according to some of the staff.
“We all think we are the best at what we do, but not one person could run every aspect of the mess hall at all times,” said Calloway. “Our constant communication and friendly competition keeps the morale up and everything running smoothly.”
It is not the awards that matter, but mission accomplishment, said Lance Cpl. Manol T. Frank, a cook on watch for the mess hall.
“I just go in every day knowing what needs to be done, and I don’t leave until it’s finished,” said Frank. “The main priority is that we put the meal out on time so the Marines can eat.”
Futenma’s mess hall is currently in the competition for Marine Corps Mess Hall of the Year, which will be announced later this year.