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Old 12-02-2010, 08:38 PM   #21
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Back in the 80's I worked as a civilian tech-rep for the Navy supporting electronic systems on aircraft carriers, made two full 'west-pac' cruises. Before arriving for the first time my expectations were extremely low, that the food served on board would be the same crap I got in my college dorm cafeteria. Boy was I surprised, we ate in the officers mess and the food was generally very good. The exception being the few times we were at sea for extended times and hadn't been re-supplied in awhile, they just didn't have much to work with.
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Bear in mind how much a 50 pound can of coffee is likely to sell for!
Sold? Those can be sold?!?

I thought they were just for barter or an alternate form of shipyard currency-- or a temporary deckplate covering for the first few months underway...

We had one 90-day patrol get extended for "a few days", and during that time we had a chance to assess the truly important things in life. It turns out that you can come up with a lot of alternatives for movies and toilet paper, let alone food, but there's no acceptable substitute for real Navy coffee.
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If you are a Military Retiree and you live near an Air Force Base you may want to visit the Dining Facility. Prices are cheap, 4 of us had cooked breakfast for about ten bucks. Can't speak for the quality of meals at all facilities but at the Patrick AFB, was so much better than any Army facility I've ever eaten at.

New era in food service coming to Air Force bases
I was at Patrick yesterday at about 0715, maybe you saw me. I was the only Navy person in the building. Everyone kept calling me Major, even though my flightsuit has gold oak leaves, not the rusty USAF ones.

Great food, especially for the price. I noticed that USAF dining facilities charge a la carte. The USN galleys I have been to have the same quality food, but everyone pays the same price, regardless of what you want to eat. The one here at NAS New Orleans gets pretty busy sometimes.

The Coast Guard galley in Key West is rumored to be the best one in CONUS.
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I was at Patrick yesterday at about 0715, maybe you saw me. I was the only Navy person in the building. Everyone kept calling me Major, even though my flightsuit has gold oak leaves, not the rusty USAF ones.

Great food, especially for the price. I noticed that USAF dining facilities charge a la carte. The USN galleys I have been to have the same quality food, but everyone pays the same price, regardless of what you want to eat. The one here at NAS New Orleans gets pretty busy sometimes.

The Coast Guard galley in Key West is rumored to be the best one in CONUS.

Yeah, the Air Force went to that ala carte thing a few years back, I don't know exactly what they get out of it...most people on active duty who eat in the base dining facilities are single & authorized to eat free of charge & so they don't pay anything. Not that many people who are paid bas (extra pay for food because they're with dependents) eat in the chow halls because they can actually eat cheaper at other places around base (Burger King, base bowling alley etc.) or even off base. Reservists who are drilling on weekends can also eat free, so again, I don't know why the bother with the ala cart thing, unless maybe somehow it helps with inventory purposes. The Air Force for some reason just likes to be different....
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The Air Force for some reason just likes to be different....
Slow, fat, right over the plate. Not touchin' it...
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uh-ohhh...

What I meant to say was, the Air Force likes to lead the way...set the pace!

Yeah...that's it!
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Watch it now. I may take offense to that.

nahhh..just have to consider the source (Navy)

Everybody knows those guys have impairments due to their brains sloshing around in their heads from years out on the rough water...lol

I shared an office with a retired Navy Master Chief a couple of years ago...just the two of us, one Navy and one Air Force (me), both senior NCO's. I bet we set a world's record for two guys throwing one-liners at each other!

That said, he's a helluva guy, and we still zing each other regularly through email. Frickin' Navy pukes!
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All those vicious interservice rivalries got started on their service-academy competition fields and just sort of mutated from there...

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Everybody knows those guys have impairments due to their brains sloshing around in their heads from years out on the rough water...lol
"Diving Officer, it seems like it's a little rough up there. Make your depth 400 feet, and ask the galley to make sure the ice cream machine has had enough time to chill a big batch before we get off watch. I don't want to have to live like I'm in the Air Force!"
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