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GCE achieves five-star accreditation

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Betty Geren GCE Senior Director of Operations

Pensacola, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2023) – GCE achieves five-star accreditation for excellence in food services. The Global Connections to Employment team at Naval Air Station Pensacola is based near the home office. GCE serves as one of the country’s largest private employers of persons with disabilities.

“Most galleys score a three-star accreditation, but GCE achieves five-star accreditation again and again, every year at NAS Pensacola since 2001,” said Senior Director of Operations Betty Geren. “We are incredibly proud of our team and honored to provide high quality food services to our military customers.”

Approximately 360 team members with disabilities live and work in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties at places like Naval Air Station Pensacola. They also work at Eglin Air Force Base and LifeView Group. Throughout the state of Florida, 457 team members with disabilities work at a variety of sites. Likewise, at locations across the country, more than 1,500 team members work for GCE providing food services, custodial services, business services, facilities maintenance, and information technology services.

Galleys who achieve a five-star rating from the Navy evaluation team are positioned to receive the Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award. The award is designed to improve food services by encouraging competition. The award 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.

In addition to jobs, the nationwide GCE team provides support and training for people with significant disabilities, including war-wounded veterans. The team has won many awards for service excellence. GCE empowers team members through meaningful employment, matching them to careers in in IT, food services, custodial services, contact center work, and facilities maintenance.

Read more about GCE’s awards and recognition for service excellence.