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Camp Pendleton Executive Chef honored with MWR Rookie of the Year Award

Release Date: 5/12/2009

HQMC (MR) Quantico, VA
– Mindy Petersen, Executive Chef, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA, is the Marine Corps recipient of the 2009 International Military Community Executives Association (IMCEA) Irving Rubenstein Memorial “MWR Rookie of the Year Award.” 
            The award is designed to recognize outstanding achievement and exceptional contributions to the military MWR profession. Each year the IMCEA honors MWR professionals who have distinguished themselves among their peers through leadership and excellence in the conduct of military MWR operations. This year the awards were presented in late February at the annual IMCEA Awards Reception in Las Vegas, NV.
            The Irving Rubenstein Memorial Award recognizes one MWR professional from each of the five branches of the Armed Forces who has been in an MWR management position for less than two years, displays exceptional management and leadership skills, and possesses great potential for continued success in military MWR. 
            In the first six months after assuming her position as Executive Chef, in June 2007, Chef Petersen spearheaded food and beverage plans and operations for a host of large scale high profile activities to include the MCCS 4th of July Beach Bash, the Base Color’s Ceremony, San Diego Fire Storm Base Evacuee Food Service, the South Mesa Club Grand Re-opening, the Rockin’ the Corps Concert, and numerous Marine Corps Balls. Attendance at some of these events was as high as 20,000 people. At the same time she was acting as the interim chef at the San Luis Rey Officers’ Club where her culinary expertise and hospitable nature quickly endeared her to the membership and garnered raving fans.       
            Major General Michael R. Lehnert, Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations West commended Chef Petersen “for going the extra mile, for caring about our troops and families, for doing the right things when you thought nobody was watching, for turning your job into an avocation and you interactions with others into life experiences, for contributing to the success of our Club System though your positive actions.”
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