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GCE Rhode Island achieves five-star accreditation

Newport Rhode Island team

Pensacola, Fla. (April 19, 2023) – The Global Connections to Employment food services team at Naval Station Newport Rhode Island achieved its twelfth five-star accreditation for excellence in food services operations.

Most galleys score a three-star accreditation, but five-star recipients can be nominated for the Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award, the highest honor given by the U.S. Navy for food services. The award is designed to improve food services by encouraging competition among food service operations. It was named for the Navy captain who served as the head of the Subsistence Division of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts from 1940 to 1945.

GCE also has received a five-star annual accreditation at Naval Air Station Pensacola (Pensacola, FL) every year since 2001 and received the Ney Award in 2010.

“This particular site is where our Team Member of the Year, Antanika Doukkali, works,” said Dwight Davis, president of GCE. “I can’t say enough about this team and the work they do to serve our military men and women. They are an impressive operation and are valued partners among the officers, Navy sailors and others who come through the galley. They really embrace our mission.”

Read about other awards and recognition for service excellence.