Pearl Amoako: The Ghanaian Serving as Food Boss on a US Naval base

by Nathaniel Crabbe | YEN

Ghanaian-born Chief Warrant Officer Two (CWO2), Pearl Amoako, has become a force within the US Navy, currently serving as the Food Service Officer at the U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. As the Food Service Officer, she is responsible for feeding all military personnel and civilians at the base. reports that Amoako received her early education at Magruder High School in Rockville Maryland after she moved from Accra where she was born to the US. At age 17, she enlisted in the United States Navy and reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, on August 4, 1999.

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In February of 2000, Amoako graduated from Mess Management Specialist “A” school. However, this accomplishment was no easy feat to attain. Her rise within the service has been one of resilience and self-sacrifice. She had her first taste of naval duties in February 2000, when she reported on board USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), home-ported in Jacksonville, Florida. While on the John F Kennedy, she qualified as Cook on Watch, Jack of the Dust, and Watch Captain. Amoako earned her Enlisted Surface Warfare and Aviation Warfare and advanced to Second Class Petty Officer.

She completed two 6-month deployments to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), which was the official name used by the U.S. government for the Global War on Terrorism, in response to the September 11 attacks.

In December 2004, Amoako reported to National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda. During her tour, she was deployed with USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in response to Hurricane Katrina and completed a Humanitarian Assistant Training Deployment in Latin America. While on shore duty, she advanced to First Class Petty Officer and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.

In February 2008, Amoako reported to PCU Stockdale in San Diego as Galley Supervisor and Leading Petty Officer. READ ALSO: Photo of Nana Ama McBrown and hubby sharing adorable moment with a kiss causes stir Following her tour on USS Stockdale (DDG 100), she completed an Individual Augmentee assignment to United States Forces in Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn, the US mission in Iraq, in 2010. She was Head Chef to a Four Star General Headquarters and provided world-class dining for U. S. Forces Iraq Staff General Officers and executed receptions for Iraqi Government, NATO the Vice President, SECDEF, Joint Chiefs of Staff and SECNAV.

Amoako then transferred to the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) in December 2011. As the Leading Petty Officer to over 130 sailors, she completed an 8-month WESTPAC deployment and was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in September 2013. From February 2014 to March 2015, she served as the Operations and Logistics Chief for Secretary of the Navy Executive Dining Facility at the Pentagon where she led 15 Sailors and Marines in providing five- star meals to General Officers, Flag Officers, and Senior Executive Service level offices. Amoako then served on the USS KIDD (DDG 100) from 2015 to 2017 as Departmental Leading Chief Petty Officer to 46 Sailors. She led her team to achieve a 95% score on the Supply Management Certification qualifying the ship to contend for Captain Edward F. NEY Memorial Food Service inspection.

In April 2017, she reported to Center for Services Support Learning Site San Diego, CA. She served as Culinary Specialist Food Service Instructor and Senior Enlisted Leader. During this tour, she advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer and also for Chief Warrant Officer.

CWO 2 Amoako has received some awards in recognition of service including the Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (7 awards), Navy Battle “E” (4 awards) Good Conduct Medal (5 awards), Volunteer Service Medal. Amoako is married to Roger Akutcha, who is also in the U.S. Military.

Her next goal is to rank up to CWO 3, CWO 4, and CWO 5 before she retires. Amoako plans on serving for 30 years in total before she retires and travels the world with her family.

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