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Oct. 23, 2013

Vol. 2 Issue 128

HAZMAT

IMPROVES EFFICIENCY

Photos and story by MCSN Eric Butler

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nyone who has been on board long enough has probably noticed how HAZMAT has changed in the last month or two. There’s a cleaner, more organized mezzanine where haz-waste is dropped off, personnel ensuring everyone logs in, and tighter requirements for packaging. These changes are primarily due to the efforts of Chief Logistics Specialist Brian Green after taking over as leading chief petty

officer of S-8A Division in August. Green said some of the biggest differences in HAZMAT included changing personnel and re-organizing the procedures for processing, storing, and disposal of hazardous waste. He said approximately 104 man-hours were saved simply through changing the collection process. Logistics Specialist Seaman Brian T. Allen, from Sacramento, Calif., one of the new personnel

working for Green, talked about some of the changes that have happened recently. “HAZMAT was a bit disheveled when they brought me in,” said Allen. “I’ve been here about two months now and it’s changed a lot. Not just everyone that works here, but the way it looks. It’s a lot more efficient and it’s a lot more manageable.” Not only has Green worked to make HAZMAT more efficient and Continued on page 3


Sailor of the Day

Story and photo by MCSN (SW) Kole E. Carpenter

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irman Tresvant Moore was named Sailor of the Day Oct. 22. Executing profound judgment and steadfast dedication to mission accomplishment, Moore’s direct contributions ensured the safe and expeditious movement of 1,349 aircraft and 419 elevator runs in support of numerous operations during Nimitz’ Western Pacific deployment. “It makes me feel like I’m doing something important,” Moore said. “My mom always told me that whatever you do, put all of your effort into whatever it is. So that’s what I try to do.”

He was instrumental in maintaining the readiness and cleanliness of hangar bay one and repair of 156 damage control and safety discrepancies in 48 divisional spaces. He maintains a high standard of excellence both personally and professionally and has provided outstanding support to the Air Department. According to Moore, the most successful path is paved with a positive outlook coupled with a sense of duty. “Whatever you do, keep a good attitude about it,” he said. “And don’t question it. Because once it’s done, it’s done.”

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Editor MC2 (SW) Jason Behnke

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ABHAN Kathryn J. Grimes selects materials in the HAZMAT issue center.

organized, Allen said he has also worked to make the department operate more cohesively. “Chief is always open to any

sort of ideas or improvements, or anything to help him get to know us, and we him,” said Allen. “Now it’s become a family. We didn’t know him at the time. He was a brand new chief at the time we brought in to help out, but we knew he knew HAZMAT. It’s been good so far.” For the rest of the Nimitz crew, Green said he mostly wants everyone to think about is the lessons from the 2008 fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in handling HAZMAT. The investigation aboard the George Washington found that the fire was caused by refrigerant oil, among other improperly stowed flammable HAZMAT, that was ignited by unauthorized

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smoking. “The most important thing is not taking it light, no matter what type of HAZMAT you have,” said Green. “Treat it all as the potential hazard that it could be. If you don’t store it properly or handle it properly it could get contaminated with other HAZMAT.” Alan also had a message for the crew to not leave HAZMAT in the hangar bay. “If we’re closed for one of those short little periods of time, just hold onto it. We’ll open up again and we can take it. It’s the HAZMAT that we don’t know that is way more dangerous than the HAZMAT that we do know.”


RESILIENCY, CULTURE CHANGE ARE FOCUS OF 2013 #NAVYENERGY ACTION MONTH airs ion Public Aff is iv D ss e in d a nmental Re rgy and Enviro e n E s n o ti ra e Naval Op From Chief of The new Camp H.M. Smith Fitness Center has parking areas which are covered with canopies to support numerous photovoltaic panels that power LED lighting that reduces overall energy consumption at the facility. (U.S. Navy photo by Denise Emsley/Released)

WASHINGTON (NNS) (NNS) -- Navy commands worldwide are participating in Energy Action Month to share information on energy efficiency, highlight Navy’s successful energy initiatives, and foster an energy-aware culture. President Obama declared October as National Energy Action Month and issued a call to action for all Americans to work together to achieve greater energy security. Navy commands worldwide are participating in Energy Action Month to share information on energy efficiency, highlight Navy’s

successful energy initiatives, and foster an energy-aware culture. The goal of 2013 Navy Energy Action Month efforts is to bring about cultural and behavioral change that enables energy security and resiliency. The Navy’s energy initiatives are highlighted in October, but continue throughout the year. The Navy launched a video this month that describes a new information campaign to inspire energy behavior change and awareness among the Navy workforce. The campaign’s theme, “Did You Know?” highlights the importance 4

of energy to the Navy’s mission. The video can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/1D8JFu-gpzg. Energy security and mission success go hand-in-hand for the Navy. “Energy is our greatest enabler and our greatest vulnerability both afloat and ashore,” explained Rear Adm. Kevin Slates, director of Navy’s Energy and Environmental Readiness Division. “Our combat capability is directly tied to the energy we have available-and our ability to use it efficiently so we have it when and where it’s needed.” The Department of Defense


(DoD) accounts for 80 percent of the Federal government’s energy consumption. The Navy accounts for 22 percent of DoD’s total petroleum consumption; 84 percent of this figure is consumed in fleet operations. These rates of consumption represent strategic and operational vulnerabilities. By making more energy efficient choices, the Navy can increase capability, reduce vulnerabilities, and enhance resiliency. “We deliver 1.25 billion gallons of fuel worldwide to operators annually. This represents an Achilles’ heel in operators,” explains Capt. James Goudreau, director of the Navy Energy Coordination Office. “Our efforts are focused on technology changing behavior to provide options for increased payload, range, or endurance, thus giving commanders greater operational flexibility.” The Department of the Navy is also providing energy-awareness training opportunities for fleet Sailors and aviators, Marine Corps

We deliver 1.25 billion gallons of fuel worldwide to operators annually. This represents an Achilles’ heel in operators.

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expeditionary operators, and shore energy managers. The training sessions will focus on energy savings practices, culture change, and increasing awareness of energy use. At the Pentagon, Navy Energy Action Month posters and electronic billboard signs are helping to increase awareness of Navy energy initiatives. Energy Action Month is also a perfect opportunity to highlight ways Sailors and civilian personnel can reduce energy consumption. For lists of ideas, visit http://dld.

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bz/energy-action-month. How are you taking action to save energy? What does energy resiliency mean to you? Join the conversation at #NavyEnergy. Do you have ideas on how the Navy can take action to save energy? The Navy wants to hear them! The new Collab Lab tool, developed by Navy Warfare Development Center, allows individuals and institutions to submit energy efficiency ideas, comment on ideas posted by others, and vote on the ideas that are already there. Become part of the solution and submit your energy ideas on the Collab Lab page at http://dld.bz/ collab-lab. For more information and resources, visit the Navy Energy Action Month webpage at http://dld. bz/energy-action-month. For more news from Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division, visit www.navy.mil/local/n45/.


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Capt. John Cummings, executive officer, cleans the deck during cleaning stations for a CFC event.

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An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to the Indians of HSC-6 participates in flight operations.


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