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Cpl. Michael T. Moss, a food service specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 473, Marine Aircraft Group 41, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, speaks with CWO5 Russell Johnson, a food service officer with Marine Forces Reserve and a judge of the Major General W. P. T. Hill Memorial Awards competition for Food Service Excellence, during Integrated Training Exercise 4-18 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, on June 22, 2018. The competitive spirit fostered by the Major General W.P.T. Hill awards program contributes to improved food service excellence and increased quality of life for our Marines and Sailors. (United States Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alexis B. Rocha/released)

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Hometown Heroes of ITX 4-18: Cpl. Michael Moss

28 Jun 2018 | Cpl. Alexis Rocha Marine Corps Forces Reserves

Cpl. Michael T. Moss, a food service specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 473, Marine Aircraft Group 41, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, has played an integral role in fueling Marines for the fight during Integrated Training Exercise 4-18 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, June 4 to July 2, 2018.

Moss is a Reserve Marine who previously served on active duty, and has worked as a food specialist for the Marine Corps since 2013. He has also studied culinary arts since high school, and is currently a culinary arts student at the Art Institute of San Diego in California.

Although this is Moss’ first ITX as a Reserve Marine, he attended ITX three other times during his active duty service.

“We feed thousands of people every day, out here at ITX” said Moss. “What we do is critical for the success of this exercise and these Marines.”

Moss’ first choice of military occupational specialty in the Marine Corps was food service and he continues to love and excel at this job.

“My favorite things about doing food service for the Marine Corps are learning new things, getting more experience in food service, and being able to deploy,” said Moss, who was able to deploy twice in just his first enlistment.

Moss intends to stay in the Marine Corps for the long-haul, and hopes to return to active duty as an officer or warrant officer in food service, after he completes his culinary arts degree.

“I love the food service community and how small it is,” said Moss. “I also want to come back as either an officer or warrant officer so I can impact the food service community, and make positive and effective change.”


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