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Volume 9 | Issue 4 | May 2018



MARMC’s Key Role in Helping Ships Complete






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MARMC, Nitze Completes SRA The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) got underway from Naval Station Norfolk for sea trials April 26, marking the end of a seven-month Selective Restricted Availability (SRA).

Quick Fix to Harpoon System: Normandy Deploys On-Time Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center’s (MARMC) SSD, Strike and Data Link Branch successfully repaired damaged cabling to USS Normandy’s (CG 60) Harpoon Weapon System.

MARMC’s Key Role in Helping Ships Complete INSURV The Arleigh-Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) successfully completed their first INSURV.

Code 900 in Action Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center’s Outside Machine Shop, assisted by MARMC’s Engineering Department, successfully swapped out the starboard boat davit on USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98),

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month recognizes the challenges faced by Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians and their vital contributions to the American story.

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straight talk with capt. lannamann Greetings Team MARMC,

I want to start off by congratulating everyone at Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) on earning the Regional Maintenance Center (RMC) Excellence Award for Fiscal Year 2017. This truly is a team award, and everyone at the command had a hand in helping us not only reach our goals, but to exceed expectations within the fleet. We had many challenges last year, chief among them was our support of both USS Wasp (LHD 1) and USS Ramage (DDG 61). We not only delivered these ships back to the fleet in a timely fashion – we did so with keeping up with our previously scheduled maintenance availabilities. Whether you answered a trouble call, helped procure a contract, gave personnel support or physically turned a wrench – you all did your jobs professionally and up held the standard of what an RMC should be. I couldn’t be more proud and humbled by this team’s talent and your ability to do the hard work and meet the mission no matter the circumstances. Bravo Zulu (BZ) to all on a job well done! Now, in 2018, we have a new set of obstacles laid in front of us on our quest to


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repeat last year’s performance. Currently, we have 20 avails in execution with another that is still waiting to be awarded. You have heard both Mr. Bevington and myself talk about this for the last few months. MARMC is in the midst of the heaviest workload the command has ever seen. To add more pressure, we are also still enduring growing pains with the firm-fixed price contracting strategy. As we work through our process, there are times when the plan doesn’t come together as we envisioned it, and we have to make on the fly decisions that could potentially have huge impacts down the road. This means that we are working swiftly to come up with the right solutions, while at the same time trying to forecast the best we can to mitigate future issues. Taking on this task for one ship alone would be a challenge, but having 20 and soon to be 21 to manage at the same time can be daunting. Nevertheless, our team has already shown that we have the knowledge to enact innovative solutions, which will shape the way the Navy performs ship maintenance and modernization for the foreseeable future. In order for us to stay on top and deliver another peak performance this year, just like last year, it will take everyone at the command doing their part. I have no doubt that we can and will answer the call of the fleet with all of your unwavering support. With last year’s Comprehensive Review, I asked the command to take a look inward at some of our practices and procedures to ensure that we are being as safe as possible in our work environments. Whether it be wearing your Personal Protective Equipment or following the proper guidelines for the work you are conducting, Safety will continue to be of the upmost importance. This month, our Safety Department Head Frank Walker was able to give a few BZs to maintenance teams working on USS Anzio (CG 68), USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and USS Stout (DDG 55) for identifying safety hazards/violations and bringing them to the appropriate folks who could give the proper corrective action. This demonstrates to me that you all are taking the safety piece of your job seriously. A large majority of our work takes place in industrial shipyard settings, which

pose numerous safety risks each day. It is refreshing to know that you are heading the culture of safety and making it a part of your everyday work routine. Please continue these efforts as it is a critical piece of what we do that can easily be overlooked. I want each and every MARMC employee to return home at the end of their shift safely to their friends and families. A few more congratulations are in order for the command’s most recent Captain Selects. Our Executive Officer Cmdr. Eric Williams and Production Officer Cmdr. Rey Tanap are among the new class of Navy captains. Both are very deserving of the promotion. Machinist’s Mate Senior Chief Jason Myhre was also recently selected for promotion to Master Chief Petty Officer. If you see any of these gentlemen, please join me in congratulating them on a job well done! As a reminder for MARMC Sailors, we are quickly approaching the July 1, deadline to transition to the Type III Navy Working Uniforms. There is still time to obtain your new uniform before the summer rush. I urge anyone who has not already made the transition to do so sooner than later. As I opened my comments with, MARMC is currently the standard for RMC excellence and I want us to stay on top. We can only do so by staying disciplined in all aspects of our responsibilities. As we approach the 101 days of summer, I ask you all to continue to be safe both at work and in your home life. Enjoy the weather as it warms up and be sure to allow for down time if you are ever feeling too stressed. We work in a very demanding industry, and you all deserve time to recharge. I look forward to your successes over the next month and appreciate all that you do in making our Navy mission ready every day you come to work! 3

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Recently, Capt. Lannamann and I traveled to Great Lakes, Illinois, for the Commanders Leadership Forum. While we were there, Commander, Naval Service Training Command Rear Adm. Michael D. Bernacchi spoke about the changes he made to the eight weeks of training that recruits receive while in boot camp. He took a long look at the curriculum and was able to free up about two weeks that they were able to use a portion of to insert training on other relevant topics. One of these topics is mindfulness. Mindfulness explores a broad range of different ideas, including mindful breathing, centering yourself, meditation and just finding simple ways to relax and de-stress. Taking control of your feelings and being able to disengage and refocus is critical when you work in an environment that can be as high pressure as it has been recently here at Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC). These techniques have been used in the special forces for a while now. There are examples of platoons that have taken major casualties, but are still able to function as a unit and not break down. There is also a Senior Executive Service member in Quantico who has oversight of a mindfulness program for the Marine Corps. I want to take that idea and approach and work with MARMC’s Executive Coach Susan Weinstein from Insync to create mindfulness training for the command.


One way I hope to accomplish this is through the already established command book club. I recently read a book titled Work, by Thich Nhat Hanh. The premise is how to find joy and meaning in each hour of the day, and it speaks to setting your intentions at the onset of your day. It also looks at mindful breathing, deep listening, and meditation before meetings. As I was reading this, it peaked my interest because we currently have a lot going on workload wise and I know that can bring an abundance of stress to our workforce. Having our plates full has created tension between some of our departments, which is to be expected when we have such a close working family. But, I thought we could explore these ideas together as a group. This will include a little bit of reading and study, then putting some of these ideas into practice. A majority of the time when we focus on ourselves, we take care of our physical fitness, our education and advancement opportunities, but we often overlook stress handling techniques. I think being able to concentrate on our spiritual self and how we can grow mentally is extremely important and has the potential to be a lot of fun. There aren’t a lot of commands that take the time to focus on these aspects of our work lives and I think it can really make a big difference. I have also been mulling around the idea of trying to have a day or week that

I ask members of the command to not use the pronouns, “I, me or my.” I want to promote a culture of togetherness here at MARMC, and instead of any one person having to feel the pressure and weight of a particular tasking, they should feel free to share the responsibility and use teamwork to meet our goals. No one person is going to be able to take on all that we have been charged to do at this time. Whether we are asked to deliver a ship on time or to complete an upward obligation package, these are team-centric tasks. It is going to take input from around the command in order for us to be successful. I think it would be really cool if by changing the way we speak about our responsibilities, we could impact the culture and create an environment that helps deescalate stress rather than add to it. A good starting place is something I mentioned in the beginning of my comments, and that is focusing on your breathing. When trying to de-stress, by simply focusing on breathing-in and breathing-out, can have a great calming effect. The command also has standing desk units that I find helpful in keeping me alert and sometimes just having that small change to how you approach work for the day can make all the difference. We spend the majority of our time in the work place and therefore should do our best to make it a comfortable atmosphere to be productive. You are all doing an outstanding job so far this year with our overload of availabilities and upward obligations. You are all important to the command’s mission and I thank you for your continued perseverance!


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Congratulations MARMC, as we have recently received several awards, the golden anchor and Command, Navy Regional Maintenance Center presented the Command with the RMC Excellence Award 2017, this is because of all the hard dedicated work “you” are doing on the ship’s and throughout the command. Continue to take pride in all that you do. May is here, it’s warmer and we get an hour more daylight. Safety has put together another installment of the ‘101 Days of Summer’ training, which is set for May 21, in Building U-40 from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. We need to be aware of the potential hazards and risks that exist during the summer months. This training is mandatory for all military personnel. Thank you to everyone for participating in our Autism walk Friday, April 20. Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions did an outstanding job setting up this event. We appreciate all of the people who vol-

unteered because without you this would not have been possible. We walked for a great cause and it was nice to see so many people contribute their time. Thank you! Morale Welfare and Recreation team did a great job setting up the movie Avengers: Infinity War, a great time for everyone. Congratulations to our most recent Naval Afloat Maintenance Training Strategy graduates. Director, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Rear Admiral Mark Whitney and Norfolk Naval Shipyard Command Master Chief Michael Reese were on hand for the graduation ceremony. It’s nice to see not only the recognition, but the amount of Sailors who are taking it upon themselves to pick up an additional Navy Enlisted Classification. Are you verifying your service records? Ensuring that there are no evaluation gaps or that your Physical Readiness Test results and awards are correct? Try to create a habit of always checking your records for

accuracy these differences can affect you when it comes to promotions.

Final Word: With spring and summer comes warmer temperatures. Leadership would like everyone to enjoy this beautiful weather and stay vigilant. Make sure you always stay hydrated. Don’t overwork yourselves. We want you to enjoy the time with your family and be safe. If you need me for anything, come by my office located in CEP-200 or call me at 400-2488.

MARMC Receives

2017 RMC Excellence Award By Stephanie Douglas, Command, Navy Regional Maintenance Center Executive Director

I am excited to announce that Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) received the 2017 RMC Excellence Award for their outstanding performance in all facets of their operations. Among their significant accomplishments in FY17, MARMC completed 22 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) avails, including oversight of the Navy’s first out-of-homeport, coast-wide bid availability on USS RAMAGE (DDG 61), which met all of its key events and went to sea trials on time. MARMC also executed the USS WASP (LHD 1) availability, which was the CNO’s highest priority avail of 2017. The ship’s growth and new work totaled approximately $30 million, and required a six-week extension. Despite those constraints, MARMC completed WASP’s avail faster than any other non-docking big deck availability in the Navy, enabling her to deploy to her new home port in Sasebo, Japan. MARMC also started 2018 on a high note when they graduated the largest number of Sailors in the history of the NAMTS program, with 141 Sailors earning certificates in Shipfitting, Pipefitting, Valve Repair, Rigger/Weight Test, Welder/Brazer, Outside Electrical Repair Technician, Outside Machinist, Heat Exchanger, and Watertight Closure Maintenance. USFF’s Director of Fleet Maintenance, Rear Adm. Mark R. Whitney, presented the Sailors with their NAMTS graduation certificates, while Rear Adm. James

P. Downey spoke to them about the important role they will play once they return to the Fleet and teach Sailors how to properly maintain and repair their shipboard systems. Their graduation (as with all NAMTS graduations) brings our community closer to its goal of returning self-sufficient Sailors to the Fleet!



Nitze Completes sra By Hendrick Dickson, Public Affairs Specialist

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) got underway from Naval Station Norfolk for sea trials April 26, marking the end of a seven-month Selective Restricted Availability (SRA). Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) led the $13 million availability, which began in September 2017, at Marine Hydraulics International (MHI). Major work included; tank repair and preservation, and louver preservation, intake and uptake preservation and non-skid install. The project team overcame several challenges to redeliver the ship to the fleet in a timely manner. Among them, a tropical storm condition that set production back by several weeks. “We were in Tropical Storm Condition IV early in the beginning of the avail,” said MARMC/Nitze Project Support Engineer Steve Bedell. “The contractor is obligated to be able to pull all services and to be able to get the ship hurricane ready within short notice. There was a 22-day period where they were not doing any real work due to hurricane conditions. So, we essentially lost three weeks – and getting started back up wasn’t just a button push.” The project team also had to adapt to working within the parameters of a firm-fixed price contract, which puts more administrative responsibility on them and provides less flexibility when dealing with changes to the work package. “This was one of the first firm-fixed priced availabilities we’ve done,” said MARMC/Nitze Project Manager Gil Powell. “When you’re in a firm-fixed price environment, the contractor cannot move on anything without it being on the contract. The contract has to be settled before the first wrench gets turned.” The team resolved 1,570 Conditions Found Reports (CFRs) and 336 Requests for Contract Change (RCCs) during the SRA. Additionally, each change was negotiated to prevent price overrun and routed through upward obligations which requires review from the waterfront up to legal prior to being approved.


While the entire process was time consuming, the team was able to adjust. “In this environment, you’re accustomed to doing whatever you have to do to adapt and change things on the fly whenever you have to do business,” said Bedell. Despite the number of RCCs, the availability finished with only six percent growth (rise in the value of the contract due to additional work) and returned Nitze to the fleet because of teamwork – communicating and depending on each other. “The key factor was communications,” said MARMC/Nitze Lead Shipbuilding Specialist (SBS) Bob Halbert. “We kept it open and honest all the time, and whenever we needed to, we helped each other. At the beginning it was a learning process for some of the newer SBSs, but you learn very quick how to lean on each other.” It wasn’t just the Nitze project team however. The team extended throughout MARMC – particularly the USS Mason (DDG 87) project team. “Throughout the availability we communicated well with the Mason’s project team,” said Halbert. “We worked in the same building and some of the issues that occurred on them also occurred on us so we learned from them.” “Early in the availability Fred Basnight (Nitze project team) coordinated with his counterpart aboard Mason to inspect the intakes and uptakes while we were in the tropical storm condition,” added Bedell. “We knew what needed to be repaired, what we could put off and what needed to grow. By having that new discovery early there weren’t any issues. That was a huge lesson learned and cut time down.” No availability is exactly the same as the last one, and they never go 100 percent as planned. But regardless of how it is going, the key is to remain persistent. “We worked through all the obstacles as well as any team could,” said Powell. “I always say, there are no complaints about having problems because we are in the problem solving business.”

work improvement notes 01/30/2018 | Christopher Brown, Code 322B Waterfront Operations | Safety Harness Requirements Brief Description of the Process/Problem: Currently, Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center issuance of safety harness policy is that Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Project Team Members at worksites have to go to building LF-18 and be issued a safety harness every 30 days and they have to return to LF-18 and have the harness inspected by a Safety Department representative. During availabilities it is hard for Shipbuilding Specialists (SBS) to find time to return every 30 days amongst all the checkpoints and government oversite that is required. Solution: Safety Department has safety representatives at every shipyard when ships are in an availability. They will be trained to conduct safety harness inspections on-site. They will record and send any information back to LF-18 requiring documentation. If the harness fails inspection, then the individual responsible for that harness will need to return it to LF-18 for reissue of a satisfactory harness. Benefit: This would eliminate personnel having to return to LF-18 every 30 days for re-issue. Result: If you are a project team member that utilizes a fall protection safety harness on a frequent basis at one of the local ship yards, YOU ARE IN LUCK! There is no need to return it for inspection every 30 days. Your assigned safety representative will conduct the inspection on a not to exceed 60-day periodicity. “Team work is the goal and Code 106 welcomed the opportunity to support this WIN and the qualified fall protection employees.”, said Frank Walker, Environmental, Safety and Health Department Head. The reason the 30-day inspection was implemented was because personnel checked out the harnesses and did not return them in a timely manner even though they were not being used on a frequent basis. Returning them in a timely manner is essential to maximizing the availability of the harnesses to those that need them. Remember, you have a way of bringing these concerns up for review to determine if there is sufficient basis to eliminate or improve them. Please take the time to identify the issue, the basis for its ineffectiveness and the recommendation you have. WE ARE LISTENING! If you have recommendations on any aspect of the Command’s operations, processes, spending, policies, practices, etc., please go on the MARMC intranet page and click on the WINs button and there you will find a link that will bring up the WINs form to document your recommendation. When you are done, please send it to It will be consolidated and the process will be started. Your WINs are making a difference! KEEP THEM COMING!

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Quick Fix to Harpoon System:

Normandy Deploys On-Time By Douglas Denzine, Public Affairs Specialist

Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center’s (MARMC) SSD, Strike and Data Link Branch successfully repaired damaged cabling to USS Normandy’s (CG 60) Harpoon Weapon System, April 10. The timely fix performed by MARMC engineers and technicians allowed Normandy to deploy on-time with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) the following day. “During a routine annual firing check on the Harpoon Weapon System, Ship’s Force (S/F) was not receiving power at the Harpoon launchers,” said MARMC Harpoon Technician Elizabeth Carpenter, who handled the on-site troubleshooting for Normandy. “Upon our initial investigation effort, we first noticed that the cables weren’t securely plugged in at all the terminals. The first thing we did was to remove the 3M weatherproofing from the ends of the cables and rescuer the relay assemblies.” Upon securing the cable connections, additional MARMC technicians discovered that two of the 90-degree adapters had been cracked, which in turn caused damage to the connection pins that transfer missile launch data. “That plug essentially carries all the weapons data and is most important to have operational within the Harpoon system,” said Carpenter. The A/U/RGM-84 Harpoon is defined as an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system that provides the Navy with a common missile for air and ship launches. This is a critical component of the warfighter and without it, the ship would be at a disadvantage if they were called upon to engage a threat. “We work very closely with the fleet before ships are going to deploy,” said MARMC Harpoon Technician Scott Thomas. “We do a lot of maintenance workups to avoid last minute issues like this, but we can’t always anticipate what may go wrong or what problems a ship may encounter as they bring all systems online and prepare for their deployment. In this case, the bad connection brought down both of the ship’s missile launchers – it was our job to make them mission ready once again.” Using replacement parts that MARMC had on-hand, the tech-

nicians, along with S/F assistance, were able to make the repairs on the spot. Typically, parts would need to be procured through an ordering process, which can take several days to several weeks to receive the components needed to complete a repair. “We had seen a similar instance of the 90-degree adapter being broken on USS Lake Erie (CG 70) earlier this year, and whenever a reoccurring issue arises we share them with the other ships on the waterfront that could encounter the same problem,” said Carpenter. “Our goal is to not only fix ships, but to encourage proper routine maintenance to ensure all systems are maintained at a high level.” With Normandy less than a day from her deployment, two of MARMC’s tomahawk technicians stepped in to assist with reconnecting and grounding the 40 connection pins on two separate cables. “This was a very tedious job, it was so awesome that some of our team members came to our aid. When working on any of these weapons systems there are a lot of small pieces that you have to be diligent in checking all the way through each cable and connect. It takes time and without the help of Mark [London] and Frank [Gootz] I don’t know that we could have completed the work in just one evening,” said Carpenter. With MARMC’s recent realignment of their Strategic Business Plan with Naval Sea Systems Command’s, on-time delivery of ship’s has been a driving force behind MARMC’s mission of fixing ships. The culture of team work and doing what it takes to get the job done right the first time is starting to show within the fleet. Normandy’s deployment is part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters around the globe. Additionally, HSTCSG units will work alongside allied and partner maritime forces, focusing on theater security cooperation efforts, which help to further regional stability.


MARMC’s Key Role in Helping Ships Complete


By Hendrick Dickson, Public Affairs Specialist

It is perhaps the most thorough inspection a U.S. Navy ship and its crew would go through. The Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) ensures ships are properly equipped for prompt, reliable and sustained mission readiness at sea, and although it is considered an “open-book test,” with the standards available beforehand, it has always been a special challenge driven by a ship’s captain and his crew’s desire for success. The Arleigh-Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) successfully completed INSURV April 25. It was the ship’s first INSURV since 2013. Months leading up to the big inspection, Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) was aboard to help ensure the ship was certified mission ready. “We have to be aligned with the command’s mission, ‘we fix ships,’” said MARMC/Bainbridge Project Manager Laquince Johnson. “And we have to make sure these ships stay operationally ready. INSURV is a part of that.” INSURV is conducted by a board of naval officers who conduct material inspections of all naval ships at least once every three years if practical, for the purpose of determining and reporting upon a ship’s fitness for further service and material conditions, which limits its ability to carry out assignment missions. “It’s a readiness assessment,” said Kurt Soucy, MARMC/Bainbridge Project Support Engineer. “The most important thing is that if or when you find a problem, do we have a path to get it fixed and fixed correctly. That is something the inspectors want to see. Can the crew sustain the ship’s operational readiness?” The board uses standards contained in General Specifications for Overhaul (GSO), electronic installation and maintenance books, technical manuals, Preventative Maintenance System requirements, Engineering Operational Sequencing System (EOSS) and other documents. The areas of focus include engineering, deck, supply, damage control and others covered by 13 appendices in the Board of Inspection and Survey Instruction 4720.1E. MARMC completed a three-week Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV) aboard Bainbridge in March, conducting major repairs on the firemain systems, 10

anchor windlass and other preservation work throughout the ship. Before INSURV, MARMC took a look at all the work done the past five years verifying integrity and ensuring every job is properly documented. “We checked our past availabilities from 2013 to 2018 and what type of work had been completed within those 13 areas,” said Johnson. “We also reviewed all casualty reports (CASREPs) and departure from specifications (DFS). I’m looking at these things in order to see what we can complete during our future CMAVs or other availabilities. That eliminated CASREPs and DFSs and ensured the ship is more prepared for INSURV.” MARMC’s role isn’t much different from its role during availabilities except there is less outside contracting. Having just completed Chief of Naval (CNO) availability last year, Bainbridge now relies heavily on Ship’s Force (S/F) to fix any problems and not outside facilities. The crew has complete ownership of their ship, but MARMC continues to be a vital asset throughout their operational cycle. “During availabilities we deal a lot with contractors making sure the work is done to specifications,” said Soucy. “Preparing for INSURV we’re working more with the S/F to get them what they need to fix the

ship themselves. MARMC provides them with different resources such as technical assistance and training through Code 200 (Engineering) and Code 900 (Production) our maintenance department is able to go over to do any jobs they need help with as well.” Ultimately it’s about teamwork. MARMC seems to have established a strong bond with the Bainbridge crew that has been built on trust. “MARMC’s project team has gone above and beyond to help us through the process,” said Bainbridge Commanding Officer Cmdr. Patrick R. Murphy. “This ship has never been in better shape. It’s reassuring when you can get on the phone with a maintenance team who gets it right and will always get you the support you need. Johnson not only views INSURV as an observation of ship readiness, but it’s a reflection on MARMC and how effective the command is at accomplishing its mission and its impact to the fleet. “We want our ships to be successful,” said Johnson. “Because that is our goal – to make sure they are mission capable. We have 70 ships that have to get inspected here and if one of those ships is not available it affects the entire fleet so we’re looking at it in an in depth way.”

Family Matters Information Submitted by Janette Robinson, Fleet Forces Command

Family comes first. The Department of the Navy Civilian Employee Assistance Program (DONCEAP) can help support all of your family’s needs. We can research prenatal resources, locate child and senior care options, provide referrals to pet care services, connect you to special needs support, help with senior safety concerns and much more. If you’re like most working parents, you juggle child care arrangements and concerns about your aging parents’ capabilities with job worries and the evening’s dinner menu. Here are some ideas to keep in mind as you try to fit work and family responsibilities into a busy, but satisfying life: 1. Connect with Your Family Make time for togetherness. Show your spouse and children that their needs are important despite your busy schedule. Take time to enhance your parenting skills and learn how to communicate with your children. Be sure to also make private time with your spouse a high priority as you plan your time. 2. Organize and Prioritize Your Life Learn and use long-range planning techniques at home and at work. Organize your household so it can function smoothly without you. Use effective time management techniques at work that streamline your job and reduce stress. 3. Use Family Support Services You can find out about child care and elder care services in your community through the DONCEAP. We can research and find you services in your area that meet you and your loved ones’

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specific needs. We can also help you find additional resources like classes, support groups, health and wellness services and so much more. 4. Enjoy Your Leisure Time Plan and enjoy relaxing activities with your spouse and family, and try to save some time for yourself too. Establish a regular exercise routine (at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week) and find other ways to enjoy personal time. 5. Let Go of Perfection Whether you work or stay at home, realize that it’s impossible to be a perfect parent. Your ability to provide love, constructive discipline and guidance is the most important gift you can give your children. Talk to your children about their day instead of rushing to bake cookies for the class birthday party. Have easy dinners throughout the week instead of stressing over timeconsuming gourmet meals. With good planning, organization and knowledge of how to balance work and family responsibilities, you can make it all work for you and your family. You wear many different hats each day and you need every available resource to help you succeed. Call the DONCEAP today for expert guidance and tools that can help you and your family thrive. The DONCEAP is a voluntary and confidential employee benefit from the Department of the Navy to federal employees and their family members at no cost. Contact a work/life expert today.

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Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center’s Dive Locker replaced the five starboard shaft propeller blades on USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) the week of Apr. 9.


Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center’s Outside Machine Shop, assisted by MARMC’s Engineering Department, successfully swapped out the starboard boat davit on USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), Apr. 8. The boat davit passed its weight test over the weekend by the weight handling shop. Outside Machine shop also completed the removal, repair and installation of the ship’s port sliding pad-eye safety rail.


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Submitted by Sara Van Gorder, Contract Specialist, Code 411

As many Americans can relate, we have little in common with the life-changing journey foreigners take from their home country to our shores. Whether fleeing political, economic or religious turmoil, every day immigrants enter our country looking for a fresh start. To highlight their contributions to our society, our country takes pride in distinguishing these citizens. Each year during the month of May, Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month recognizes the challenges faced by Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians* and their vital contributions to the American story. When deciding how Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) should recognize May’s heritage month, we thought it would be beneficial to share the stories of our fellow MARMC employees. Linh Finn is a Contract Specialist who works in Building LF-18. Her story begins even before she was born. Linh was born in Thailand to parents of Cambodian and Vietnamese decent – refugees fleeing the Vietnam War. Her mother, pregnant with Linh, and her father, having just left the military fighting alongside Americans, fled to Thailand’s jungles with their children in search of a better life. They had already lost two sons to malnutrition and disease and Linh’s father knew he had to save his family. At one point in the journey, Linh’s mother fell and thought she had lost her unborn child. Soon after, Linh was born during the excursion, surviving those first few months on the road with her brave and determined family. Her family landed in America with nothing except the clothes on their backs. They settled in Boston and began building their lives all over again. Linh has asked her parents if they would ever go back to Vietnam, while there is no interest now, they do have a dream of going back near the end of their lives. This is their home now. Linh’s father in particular says he respects the Americans who came and tried to save the country. That is why, he says, they came to the United States; to him, America meant freedom. Linh also considers America her home. She thinks her experiences remind her more often of all the freedoms we enjoy every day – how easy life is moment to moment here. When asked about how she stays connected to her culture, Linh spoke about how she speaks Vietnamese regularly, her older sister and mother also speak Khmer (the language of Cambodia), and the whole family gets together to celebrate the Vietnamese and Cambodian New Year. She explained how this involves things we’re all used to doing like big meals, giving thanks, playing games and visiting the temple to meditate. More recently, Linh shared that her oldest son is now getting interested in his heritage and Linh looks forward to taking him back to Vietnam after his high school graduation. Lt. Carolyn Mai told a similar story of struggle and eventual success. Lt. Mai is a MARMC Project Officer working out of Code 321 in Building CEP-200. She was born in southern China’s Guang 14

people have different opinions about public education, but to her sisters and her, it helped them get to where they are now. Her parents would not have been able to pay for their education and put a warm meal on the table.   Lt. Mai and her family all went back to China to visit relatives more than a decade ago. It was a lot of fun, but difficult to leave them again. She mentioned she would like to visit again sometime in the future. She’s asked her parents whether they want to live in China again, but they said no. They like the weather here and have established a life in America. Same for Lt. Mai, this is where home is at.         This month, take time to consider the experiences of your fellow Americans. Check out for updates on events through organizations like the Library of Congress and the National Park Service. PBS is celebrating with #MyAPALife, showing 40 stories by, about and for this multicultural community. Locally, check out Asian Fest at the Waterside District May 26, featuring art, culture, entertainment and food – this event is free and great for families. *Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month honors Americans with a proud heritage that encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island), Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands) and Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia). Zhou Province. Coming from a family of farmers in a small village in China, there were not a lot of job opportunities. Her parents and two sisters immigrated to the United States when she was seven. Lt. Mai’s maternal grandparents were living in America already, what she says is called the “Beautiful Country” in Chinese.  She explained how her family came here for more opportunities and better quality of life. Coming here was a blessing for her family, but there were challenges in the beginning. She discussed how the language barrier and cultural differences were most difficult. Upon landing in New York, she says she remembers experiencing the winter cold and seeing snow for the first time. They did not know a single word in English and Lt. Mai is amazed at how they somehow navigated this new world. She shared how she learned her ABCs in a bilingual class in second grade and did not like hamburgers, cheese or milk when she was younger, which is what she was commonly given for lunch at her public school.   Growing up in New York City, Lt. Mai enjoyed the huge Chinese community there. Her family still celebrates all the Chinese holidays, including the Lunar New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Lunar New Year is her favorite because of the red envelops she receives from her parents and relatives. Instead of gift exchanges, the elders traditionally give money to younger family members in small red envelopes as a way of wishing them luck and good fortune. She thinks of the Mid-Autumn Festival as similar to our Thanksgiving, where families get together to have a nice meal. Because of her military service, she moved away from New York and now finds it hard to celebrate the holidays like she used to.   When asked about what she enjoys about living in America, she said the free education system comes to mind.  Lt. Mai explained, there is no free education in China. She knows many 15

civilians and sailors of the quarter Please join Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) in congratulating the 2nd quarter of Fiscal Year 2018 awardees for Civilian and Sailor of the Quarter: These individuals are recognized for outstanding performance in their assigned duties, positive attitude, leadership and customer service. Command leadership is very proud of every one at MARMC and it is a very special honor for these folks to be singled out from such a distinguished and highly capable team.

promotions Ryan Kiel, Contracting Officer Representative, Code 205A Tracey Dillard, Contracting Officer Representative, Code 205A Lance Butterfuss, Supervisor Electronics Technician, Code 272 Michael Breitkreutz, Production Controller (Ships), Code 313 Kurt Schmuhl, Production Controller, Code 360 Laura Jones, Production Controller (Ships), Code 312 Capt. (Sel) Eric Williams Capt. (Sel) Rey Tanap Machinist’s Mate Master Chief Jason Myhre

new hires James Porter Jr., Supervisor General Engineer, Code 280 Cecil Taylor Sr., Ship Building Specialist, Code 313 David Blue, Ship Building Specialist, Code 331D George Ferrer, Ship Building Specialist, Code 332B David Snodgrass, Business Operations Analyst, Code 472 Eleuterio Miguel, Engineering Technician, Code 953 Thomas Jackson III, Information Technology Specialist, Code 1170 Johnathan Marshall, Ship Building Specialist, Code 332A Jessica Dunlow, Engineering Technician (ITE), Code 224 Kristopher Smith, Electronics Technician, Code 281 Miles Simmons, Ship Building Specialist, Code 332A Chase Brasher, Contract Specialist, Code 472


Senior Civilian

junior Civilian

Steven Goad, Code 200

Mary Garr, Code 200

senior sailor

NC1 Daniel Stuart, Code 100

junior sailor

MR2 Jordan Hogue, Code 1100

Blue Jacket

MMFN Ivette Luna, Code 946


Spotlight on


This month, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) spotlight shines on Andrea Holm, a management analyst in MARMC’s Waterfront Operations. Holm is responsible for a new manning model, which is giving MARMC leaders an in depth look at their manning, workload and future work projection. Holm came to MARMC through military service, education and quite frankly, chance. After serving eight years in the Navy, she began pursuing and obtaining her Master’s in Business Management/Technology. It was during this time she began what would be her first stint at MARMC as a contractor in logistics. “I worked in the warehouse procuring supplies while I was continuing my education,” she said. “I was here about a year before I had the opportunity to go work at Commander, Naval Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC). I worked at CNRMC for two years in finance/business operations, but later got the opportunity to come back to MARMC and work in Code 300.” She has been back with MARMC for two years now providing services for reimbursable work for Code 300 and focusing on budgeting. “I couldn’t ask for a better person to work with,” said Angel Auldridge, Resources Division Manager, Waterfront Operations. “She is very good at prioritizing and ensuring you get a high quality product. She is very professional and you know the support is always going to be there.” But Holm’s biggest command impact since her return to MARMC is the manning model. The model is a snapshot of personnel who support Contract Management Oversight (CMO) on the ships allowing leaders and managers to adequately place resources where the workload is. The model scales down the broad aspect of MARMC and its more than 3,000 personnel giving leaders a clearer view of projects. “At CNRMC, I was heavily involved in the budgetary side and I found it was very difficult to ascertain requirements when you don’t have a construct of who you need, when you need them and how many,” said Holm. “When I got here, there was already a spreadsheet, but it was enormous and really complicated. Don Hawker, a functional analyst in MARMC Code 1170 and I looked at a more userfriendly platform like access so managers could add their input. “We wanted a tool that people could use quickly – easily and it also provides some graphics. It shows CNO availabilities that have gaps identified. If we don’t have a project manager for an avail it shows a graphical depiction of that. It gives them a snapshot of their workload as we see it and a projection of work.” With the manning model, Holm is able to analyze data from availabilities for the next five years. She uses the


model to brief MARMC leaders on projects and ensuring they are properly manned to achieve the best results. “It’s more of a leadership awareness tool because it tells us risk areas for projects,” she said. “It allows us to evaluate what is needed to be successful.” “This is a huge tool that is an asset to the entire command,” added Auldridge. “We have been working on developing this for years and she is the person who got in there, understood it and bought it to fruition.” The model is also about people and ensuring personnel have the best opportunity to be successful and are not being stretched beyond their limits. That’s important as MARMC is busier than it has ever been with roughly two dozen availabilities this year. “We have to continue to balance our workforce,” said Holm. “Our workload is at the highest we’ve ever seen. We don’t want to burnout talent. We want equal contributions and this gives us the ability to look at personnel tenure and do the right thing for them.”

Holocaust Remembrance Day By GSE3 Brittany Bolen, Public Affairs Assistant and Douglas Denzine, Public Affairs Specialist

Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center’s (MARMC) Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Special Emphasis Sub-Committee hosted a Holocaust Remembrance Day event in Building LF18’s Command Break Room, April 24. The event included a video highlighting the story of Mary Barraco, a Holocaust survivor, as well as a discussion panel consisting of members of the United Jewish Foundation of Tidewater. The holocaust commission presents the stories of our local survivors because we are losing more survivors of the holocaust,” said Lynn Woods, who was part of the discussion panel. “These stories are being told – because how is the younger generation going to know these stories if we don’t tell them. We try to preserve them and do this type of presentation to keep their stories and memories alive.” MARMC has a tradition of hosting a Holocaust Remembrance Day each April as part of their monthly EEO recognition series, which highlights the diverse culture within MARMC’s workforce. “The reason I chose the presentation on Mary Barraco is because, she was an American that got involved in the Holocaust, which is what a lot of us don’t relate to naturally.” said EEO Special Emphasis Sub-Committee Chair Sara Van Gorder. “She did something about the situation and I think a lot of us can find inspiration from her. She was 17 when she joined the Belgium Resistance; she may not have made any big changes, but she did things to help save people.” For those interested in learning more about the Holocaust,

Roslyn Barney from the United Jewish Foundation of Tidewater had plenty of suggestions on how to get started. “Listening to a presentation and reading about the holocaust is a great way to start,” said Barney. “We have a website called Holocaust Our films are online so anyone can watch those videos of Holocaust survivors and of course there’s always the Holocaust museum in Washington D.C.”

cyber threats Information submitted by David Hardemon, Command Information Systems Security Manager, Code 1100C

Many employees in the U.S. have little concern about their personal cybersecurity responsibilities, according to a recent survey: • 13 % of government employees believe they have complete personal responsibility for the security of their work devices or information, • 48% said they had no responsibility at all, believing the securing of data to be squarely the remit of Information Technology/cyber professionals. Roughly half of respondents believed that being hacked was inevitable no matter what protective measures they took, while 43% simply didn’t believe they could be hacked. Few people surveyed seemed to take seriously the likelihood and frequency of cyber threats – one in three employees believed they were more likely to be struck by lightning than have their work data compromised. When looking at what government employees feared most, the survey said, “Only 14% report being afraid of someone infiltrating their organization and stealing files, trailing far behind po-

tential scenarios such as a government collapse or food poisoning and ranking it just three percentage points higher than alien invasion.” Cyberattacks at both commercial and governmental levels are more of a threat than they’ve ever been before – in 2016, the U.S. government spent $28 billion on cybersecurity and it’s expected to increase in 2018. Cybercrime damage is expected to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021, with cybersecurity spending to hit $1 trillion over the next four years. We’re all, as individuals, organizations and as a country, facing constant security attacks from trusted insiders, malicious cyber criminals or nation-state actors. Cybersecurity experts have repeatedly stressed the  urgency of keeping data safe and adopting a culture of cybersecurity literacy in the private sector and in government. Being aware of evolving attack techniques and threats like phishing links, man-in-the-middle attacks, ransomware and using a number of different passwords that are changed frequently, just to name a few, are important steps to suppress the threat.


Memorial Day Monday, May 28, 2018

Maintainer May 2018  

In this month's Maintainer, MARMC, Nitze Completes SRA, Quick Fix to Harpoon System: Normandy Deploys On-Time, MARMC's Key Role in Helping S...

Maintainer May 2018  

In this month's Maintainer, MARMC, Nitze Completes SRA, Quick Fix to Harpoon System: Normandy Deploys On-Time, MARMC's Key Role in Helping S...