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    Greensboro, N.C., Native serves aboard Rafael Peralta while forward-deployed in the Pacific Ocean

    Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Marcus Davis presents fresh-baked bread with his culinary team members

    Photo By Petty Officer 3rd Class Dan Serianni | 210607-N-HG846-1019 EAST CHINA SEA (June 7, 2021) – Culinary Specialist 3rd Class...... read more read more

    EAST CHINA SEA – A Greensboro, N.C., native and 2006 South East Guilford High School graduate is currently serving onboard the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115). The USS Rafael Peralta is currently forward-deployed out of Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.
    Culinary Specialist Third Class Marcus Davis operates and manages the galley and dining facilities, providing hospitality and meal services to the entire ship.
    “CSs are like the heart of the ship,” said Davis. “We prepare a home-cooked meal for the crew to provide an escape from everyone’s work and watch schedules. We bring everybody home four times a day.”
    The crew gathers on the mess decks to eat, socialize and relax. CSs take charge of that space by providing a key component to the ship’s overall morale as well as every Sailor’s quality of life.
    “Cleanliness means a lot to me,” said Davis. “My expectations for cleaning and sanitation are super high now that I work around food. Something as simple as getting the oven shined can bring a lot of satisfaction to me.”
    While on deployment the galley strives to continuously meet the needs of the ship’s Sailors. This is achieved through adaptability and planning to be as successful as possible. On occasion stores of certain items are depleted and the CSs must respond quickly with a solution.
    “I’m proud that I know how to make bread,” chuckled Davis. “We go through a lot of bread on this ship. We literally have people at night who wrap up bread for sailors to grab to go during meal times. My first couple of batches were really bad. Thankfully I had others to help teach me about the feel, texture and proper techniques to bake the perfect loaf.”
    The CS team, including Davis, were tasked to steadily supply the crew with fresh-baked bread over the course of two weeks.
    “A couple weeks ago our CO gave us a shout out for making the bread,” said Davis. “‘Kudos to the CSs’ he said. I like that because it was a team effort. The acronym for TEAM is Together Everyone Achieves More, so I take that to heart and move to achieve more, together, with the crew here.”
    Davis says that his leadership motivates the team at all levels to succeed through teamwork and determination. Focusing on the current undertaking as well as preparing for the next challenge ahead.
    “You have to be adaptable,” said Davis. “The Navy’s always changing so there’s no room to get comfortable. Being humble and open to criticism really opens you up to receive good feedback so you can grow personally and professionally.”
    As a forward-deployed vessel, Rafael Peralta contributes to critical missions in support of regional peace and prosperity. Rafael Peralta conducts operations and exercises to uphold the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging excessive maritime claims.
    Rafael Peralta is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force interacting with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability, and prevent conflict.
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    Date Taken: 06.08.2021
    Date Posted: 06.18.2021 03:33
    Story ID: 399244
    Location: EAST CHINA SEA

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