Aug. 16, 2013
Vol. 2 Issue 81
READINESS Story and photo by MC3 Linda S. Swearingen
he main mission of an aircraft carrier is to launch and recover aircraft. If a part of the aircraft is damaged or worn out it can cause the aircraft to be grounded and the entire mission of the aircraft carrier can be compromised. When aircraft are in need of repairs, it can take many hands to complete the work, but nothing could get done without repair parts from the Component Control Section (CCS).
The main job of the Sailors who work in CCS is to ensure the squadrons embarked on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) have the parts they need to keep the aircraft mission ready. “CCS is the heart of the support of the airwing,” said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Ricky D. Crews, of Pensacola, Fla. “All the high value asset repair parts come from us.” The main job of the LSs who work in CCS is to take care of the supply of high velocity depot level repairable (DLR) parts on board. DLR parts are repair parts that squadrons embarked on board Nimitz order regularly such as tires, arresting gear and generators. “We mostly issue DLR parts because we have a lot on hand and because they are fast movers,” said Crews. According to Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Continued on page 3
Sailor of the Day
Stories and photos by MCSA Kelly Agee
Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Craig C. Miller, a native of Mountain Home, Idaho, and plane captain of the “Blue Diamonds” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 was named USS Nimitz’ (CVN 68) Sailor of the Day Aug. 14. “It’s a little overwhelming, I didn’t think it would ever be me,” said Miller. As a plane captain in the line division, Miller’s attention to detail was evident during a hi-tempo flight operation when he discovered a fastener inside Diamond 306’s door 14 while performing his turnaround inspection. He immediately notified the flight deck coordinator and a foreign object debris (FOD) search was conducted, guaranteeing an aircraft with a potentially unsafe condition did not go airborne. Commanding Officer CAPT Jeff Ruth
Aviation Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Rachael S. Hartranft, a native of Eager, Ariz., was named USS Nimitz’ (CVN 68) Sailor of the Day Aug. 15. According to Hartranft, she joined the Navy in October 2010 to pay for school. Hartranft has trouble shot and repaired 204 aircraft weapons replaceable assemblies directly supporting combat mission capabilities for Carrier Air Wing 11. Hartranft’s initiative and technical knowledge was instrumental in the testing, troubleshooting and subsequent repair of 56 maintenance discrepancies for critical flight gear that was damaged by salt water contamination during an emergency reclamation team (ERT) evolution. She also repaired 47 sets of night vision goggles expediting their return for issue.
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Continued from page 1 Paramita Das, of Kolkata, India, the best part of working in CCS is being able to give Sailors the new parts they need to repair aircraft. Das said it makes her feel good to know she is helping the squadron to maintain mission readiness. “I love my job,” said Das. “My favorite part is matching the part numbers to the paperwork called the maintenance action form (MAF).” Crews, who has been in the LS rating for 11 years, said the best part of being an LS is being able to provide excellent customer service, keeping the customer satisfied while expediting the mission essential repair parts for the airwing. With all the positives of working in CCS, there are also some challenges the LSs who work there face on a daily basis. “The customer service part of the job is the most challenging,” said Das. “The different personalities we deal with can be challenging as well as having to tell people who come in that sometimes it may take a while to get that new part in when they need it right away. However, we try to get everyone who comes into our workspace the parts they need as soon as possible.” CCS is manned 24 hours a day by the LSs who work there because the mechanics from the squadrons work on the jets 24 hours a day. However there is higher traffic in the CCS during the nights. “The jets are flying mostly during the day so most of the repairs are done at night time,” said Crews. “We have a higher volume of customers coming in at night than during the day.”
For Crews, the most challenging part of his job is expediting the repair parts to get them on board while the ship is out to sea. “We try to push to get the parts as soon as possible so we can keep the airwing flying,” said Crews. The typical work day in CCS consists of getting the bad parts from the Sailors who drop them off, issuing new parts and stowing all the good parts in their store room. “Whatever parts we can’t repair on the ship we send it off station for repair,” said Crews. “It’s a big job. We process about 100 job orders a night on average. It’s pretty busy and there are constantly people coming in and out of our work space to have orders processed.” A major part of the work done in the CCS consists of the LSs taking the broken part that is brought into them and marking it as being non ready for issue (NRFI), as well as screening it to see if there are repair capabilities on board Nimitz. If there is, the part is then turned over to the designated work center that has the capability to repair the part. “If we don’t have the capability to have the part repaired on board we turn it over to document control unit (DCU),which is located in our work center, and we will have it sent off the ship to be repaired,” said Crews. Thanks to the hard work of the LSs who work in CCS, the Sailors who work on the aircraft are able to maintain the highest level of mission readiness.
Story by MC2 Andrea Perez Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
recently released Naval message reminds service members that in today’s Navy, no Sailor needs to make an “all or nothing” career decision, officials said Aug. 14. NAVADMIN 198/13 outlines the various Continuum of Service (CoS) programs that allow Sailors to transition between the active component (AC) and Reserve component (RC). AC to RC (AC2RC) (Career WaypointReenlistment) Career Waypoint (C-WAY)-Reenlistment transition to the Selected Reserve (SELRES) with Intermediate Stop (I-Stop) orders allows active-duty enlisted Sailors to request and receive approval for SELRES quotas through the C-WAY-Reenlistment process, either in their current rate or in another rate in which they are qualified for direct conversion. The SELRES Delayed Affiliation Program (SELRES DAP) enables separating AC Sailors to request a delay in SELRES affiliation if current year SELRES quotas are unavailable or if the Sailor is unable to affiliate immediately due to transitional civilian obligations during their transition. In return for a future SELRES quota reservation, SELRES DAP Sailors will be required to meet a minimum participation level in the Individual Ready Reserve. RC to AC (RC2AC)/Full-Time Support (FTS) (Career Waypoint-Transition) C-WAY-Transition automates the current application process, and SELRES Sailors can continue to work with their Command Career Counselor (CCC) to view and apply for RC2AC/ FTS Augmentation opportunities for which they are qualified. There are three RC2AC transition programs available to Sailors: Definite Recall, Indefinite Recall (officer)/Augmentation (enlisted), and SELRES to FTS. 4
The Definite (temporary) Recall program gives RC officer and enlisted Sailors the opportunity to perform active duty recall orders to fill specific AC or FTS billets for a period of 1-3 years. Personnel remain in the RC and compete for promotion with other RC members while on definite recall orders and then return to their previous status at the completion of orders. The Indefinite Recall (officer)/Augmentation (enlisted) program gives RC officers and enlisted Sailors the opportunity to fill AC community shortfalls. Officer designators are changed to AC and enlisted Sailors sign a new AC enlistment contract. These programs leverage existing skill sets to
Photo by MC1 Peter D. Lawlor
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert reenlists 13 Sailors before an all-hands call.
improve AC community health, and provide Sailors an opportunity to resume or begin a career in the AC. The last transition program for Reservists is SELRES to FTS. SELRES officers apply for transfer and redesignation to the FTS communities via a semi-annual board. Selected applicants will remain in the RC, but will have their designators changed. The Navy Reserve also offers a two-year deployment deferment for Sailors who join within six months of leaving active duty. Detailers and CCCs with access to the C-WAY information technology system can submit Sailorâ€™s requests for transition to an active-duty or Reserve billet. 5
The Career Transition Office (CTO) at Navy Personnel Command (NPC) also provides counseling and support to active-duty officer and enlisted Sailors considering a transition to the Reserves. Interested Sailors can contact a CTO representative by phone at 901-874-4192, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or cto.enlisted@navy. mil.<BR< a>> For more detailed information, visit the C-WAY Web Page on the NPC website at www. npc.nav y.m i l/career/careercounsel ing /Pages/ CareerWaypointSystem.aspx. For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/npc/.
By MCSA Kelly M. Agee
AOAN Sahneya Fryer washes clothes in shipâ€™s laundry.
By MCSN Derek A. Harkins
HT3 Lashod McIntosh welds an arresting gear cover for air department.
AM2 Kris Relova inspects a propeller from an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter for corrosion.
AM3 John Alden (top) and AMAN Christopher Correll wash down an F/A-18E Super Hornet.
By MC2 (SW) Devin Wray
By MCSA Kelly M. Agee
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X-M en: First Cla ss
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Zero Dar k Thirty
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Wa r of the Worlds
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People Lik e Us
Spider ma n
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Ter min ator: Salvation
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ON THE COVER: LS2 Ricky Crews assists AT3 Michael Buntjer at the customer service desk of CCS.
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