FTSCLANT Goes a Step Beyond the Expected

Story Number: NNS020409-09Release Date: 4/9/2002 1:24:00 PM
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By Electronics Warfare Technician 1st Class Tracy Spinks, Fleet Technical Support Center Atlantic, Detachment Mayport Public Affairs

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Fleet Technical Support Center Atlantic (FTSCLANT) military and civilian field engineers are accustomed to receiving Bravo Zulus (BZs) and accolades from ships on a daily basis for the technical assistance they provide, but one Sailor and one ship's commanding officer took it a step further.

Chief Electronics Technician Joseph Peisher, a Sailor attached to FTSCLANT Detachment Mayport, was singled out by the commanding officer of USS Taylor (FFG 50), Cmdr. J.T. Griner, for his dedication and professionalism for more than a nine-month period leading up to the ship's deployment.

Peisher's support began with a response to a specific casualty on USS Taylor's Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system. Under ideal circumstances, every ship has technicians trained and qualified for each specific system. Due to a twist of fate, Taylor's incoming IFF technician received a change of orders.

As a member of FTSCLANT, Peisher is accustomed to providing technical support and training to anyone who asks for it. After their IFF system suffered a casualty, Peisher answered the call to assist in the correction of the fault in the troubled system.

After learning about Taylor's predicament, Peisher took it upon himself to ensure that the ship would not be unprepared for their operational commitments.

For the next nine months, and despite a full work schedule preparing the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Battle Group for deployment, Peisher spent countless hours on board USS Taylor preparing the IFF system for deployment and training shipboard personnel in other NEC (Navy enlisted classification) codes to maintain the system.

"The Sailors I trained to work on the system are trained for other jobs and different equipment," Peisher said.

The fact that the Sailors on board USS Taylor spent so much time learning a new system in addition to their normal duties also speaks highly of the dedication of the ship's crew.

"The IFF school is normally a six-month school and is dedicated solely to one system," Peisher said. "The ETs on board USS Taylor never had the benefit of the school and were putting in extra time to learn it along with their other responsibilities."

Due to Peisher's efforts, USS Taylor's pre-deployment cycle was not affected and the ship's crew was able to begin deployment with the confidence they could maintain their system without a true IFF technician.

Griner recently showed his appreciation of Peisher's work by awarding the chief with a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

In addition, the commanding officer issued a BZ message recognizing 29 other technicians for their efforts in preparing the ship for deployment.

For more information on Fleet Technical Support Center Atlantic, go to http://www.ftsclant.navy.mil.

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