SPAR cooks their way to the top

SPAR's All-Star Food Service Team

SPAR’s team of food service specialists consists of Petty Officer 1st Class Rory Brady of Seattle, Petty Officer 2nd Class Brittany Smith of Orlando, Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Sanders of Warsaw, Va., and Petty Officer 3rd Class Salle Bergh of Boise pictured here aboard SPAR Aug. 2, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

By Ensign Paul Milliken

The food service team from Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, the Kodiak-based buoy tender, represented the island and their unit well at the Coast Guard’s annual North Pacific Buoy Tender Roundup in Juneau, Alaska. Winning both culinary skills competitions, the team of culinary experts showed why morale is so high aboard SPAR. Skillfully preparing delicious homemade biscuits and gravy as well as a sushi recipe, the team wowed the judges with their creativity, professionalism and enthusiasm.

The 225-foot SPAR is one of six ships, including a Canadian coast guard ship, which participated in the 2012 Buoy Tender Roundup. The annual event is hosted by District 17 in Juneau, Alaska, and provides members an opportunity to receive specialized training in areas such as buoy deck safety courses, buoy maintenance, tower climbing, damage control and much more.

SPAR’s team of food service specialists consists of Petty Officer 1st Class Rory Brady of Seattle, Petty Officer 2nd Class Brittany Smith of Orlando, Fla., Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Sanders of Warsaw, Va., and Petty Officer 3rd Class Salle Bergh of Boise, Idaho. The culinary awards will remain aboard SPAR until the 2013 Buoy Tender Roundup where the winners are motivated to defend their title.

“This was my first Buoy Tender Roundup and it was really exciting,” said Bergh. “It was nice to be able to represent for our ship and we can’t wait to participate again next year.”

SPAR has a crew compliment of 50 and is a seagoing buoy tender responsible for aids to navigation, law enforcement and search and rescue missions. SPAR regularly sees duty throughout the Aleutian Chain, as far west as Adak, and in the Bering Sea, as far north as Barrow, earning her the name “The Aleutian Keeper.”

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