Events We Hold
For Active Duty

History of the Enlisted Aide Award - 2003 Inception to 2020

The last Military Culinary Competition (MCC) was 2018.  We had a 15 year run- 3 with the Maryland Restaurant Association trade show in Baltimore and 12 with the Fall Festival outside Marine Barracks, Washington, DC

DC Mayor's Office Video from 2017 Competition

Las Vegas Review Journal 2016

See historic interviews talking about how we started - The Grill Sergeant on the Pentagon Channel in 2009 talks to Founder Ed Manley, co-chair Jesse Camacho and 11-year White House Chef Walter Scheib (Walter drowned in a hiking accident in 2015.

Ed Manley Jesse Camacho Chef Walter Scheib

*Stars and Stripes does 2012 interview with event co-chair about how we found a home at Marine Barracks in 2007. 
Jesse Camacho, MGySgt, USMC (Ret)

See the photos from the 2017 Military Culinary Competition

Congratulations to the 2018 winning team from the White House (2nd straight win for the W.H.) - CS1's Cameron Tirabassi, Alexandra Cross, Kara Gray & Lorenzo Singh. 

2nd place was the Homeland Security HQ - CS1 Scott Jeffries, CS3 Chris Powell, CS3 Ward Brown, CS2 Noah Holbertson. 

3rd Place was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - SSG Francisco Jaramillo, SSG Luis Irizarry, SGT Judy Luna, TSgt Andy Alvarez.

Thanks to the IFSEA Kae deBrent Hodges Fund for covering student travel and $500 extra for the U. of Maryland, Eastern Shore students.

This event coordinates with the Barracks Row Fall Festival, which attracts more than 10,000 people to 8th Street outside of the Marine Barracks and home of the Commandant. Prizes include $500 for each team member in first place, $250 each for second, and $125 each for third, as well as coins for each winner.

Culinary Competition Photos, Videos and History

The 2020 Competition
A Virtual Presentation
See the 2020 presentation HERE

We transitioned from the Veteran's Support Network sponsoring the award to the USO DC Metro taking over, and due to Covid, putting an amazing package together to honor those who serve the Admirals and Generals in their homes!

Meet the 4-Star Board

Lots of good information, mostly done before the award show.
Finalists Thank the Board


The 17th Enlisted Aide of the Year Award (EAOY)

November 18-19, 2019

The Metro-DC USO Salute to Military Chef's Dinner is magical, hosted by the very best, Elaine Rogers.  Chefs from the top spots in DC work with the Ritz-Carlton Chef to produce the dinner.  The WWE and Chef Robert Irvine play key roles.  The winner was SSG Justin R. Chase, E.A. to the Commander, U. S. Army Cyber Command.   Army has won 5 times, Coast Guard 4, Marines 3, Air Force 3 and Navy 2. 

 Lots of photos provided by the USO

The highlight of that evening is the presentation of the Veteran's Support Network's Armed Forces Enlisted Aide of the Year Award.
The current year instruction comes out in August.  Air Force MSgt Jennifer Medeiros won in 2018. 

Championship Belt
WWE's Dana Warrior &
Corey Graves , Ed Manley,
Robert Irvine.
Award CeremonyBest in each service, Jacob Parrett, Teresa Duson, Jennifer Medeiros, Matt Flemister & Michael Edwards.
Championship RingEAOY shows her WWE championship ring. Championship Belt Showcase(l-r) Medeiros family, Chef Robert Irvine, Vice Chmn. Joint Chiefs GEN Paul Silva, Dana Warrior, MSgt Jennifer Medeiros, Corey Graves, MGySgt Jesse Camacho, LCDR Ed Manley, Suzie Schwartz, LTGen Tony Crutchfield, CMSgt Pat Moore, Elaine Rogers & BMI
 In the 2017 photo below (l-r) USO Metro DC President Elaine Rogers, Founder Ed Manley, USAF  Jeff Fritz, USN Frida Karani, USCG Mason Champlin, USMC Jeffrey Mathews, WWE's Mark Henry, Chef Robert Irvine, Ecolab's Jack Kleckner, EAOY Army's Scott Strippoli, Board mbr. Jesse Camacho, Hobart's Richard Hynes.  Winners, organizers and sponsors.

Winners, Organizers and Sponsors

"MSgt Scott Strippoli wins 2017 Inter-service Enlisted Aide of the Year Award."

This event takes place at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City. It is held in conjunction with the USO Salute to Military Chefs and is supported by the WWE. This can be a big deal for enlisted servicepersons' careers. Prizes include $500 for the Enlisted Aide of the Year and $250 each for service winners, along with a WWE Title belt.