USS CARL VINSON (NNS) -- For the fourth time in USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) recent history, supply department's S-3 division has claimed the Best in Class Award.
In a naval message to the supply department in January, Commander, Navy Exchange Service Command Rear Adm. Robert A. Cowley III praised Sailors for their hard work and commitment to the crew.
"On behalf of the Navy Exchange Service Command, I take great pleasure in extending my personal congratulations to your S-3 division personnel, who have worked so hard in obtaining this high level of achievement," said Cowley. "Your selection marks you as winners and demonstrates your commitment to enhancing the quality of life for your crew members."
Teamwork and a zeal for their job is what propelled the 48 Sailors and Marines attached to S-3 from the Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 team to an outstanding grade during last year's Supply Management Inspection (SMI). The SMI tested the division's operational competence, financial accountability and, most importantly, customer satisfaction. Their performance earned them a Service Excellence Award from NEXCOM which led to the nomination for Best in Class - officially dubbing the deployed servicers as the best of the best out of all West Coast carriers.
"It feels good to be the best," said Ship's Serviceman 3rd Class Mario Jamison, bulk storeroom supervisor and recipient of a spot Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (NAM) for ensuring 100 percent financial accountability for more than $750,000 worth of stock. "My division worked extra hours in port, and spent many late nights and off-time prepping. I felt the whole division should get a NAM."
The S-3 crew provides Carl Vinson with more than $1.5 million in stock scattered neatly among the shelves of the ship's mall and Al's 7/11. A few levels from there, S-3's award winning Sailors can also be found keeping the carrier/air wing team walking tall by providing world-class hair cuts in the ship's barbershop and clean uniforms from the laundry decks.
"Our job is cool, because there's nothing stressful," said Ship's Serviceman Seaman Cortez Croon. "The work is heavy. I mean, we move about 14 to 15,000 pounds of laundry a week for the crew, but it's the people...everybody's got their own chemistry, and it works; we work together, go on liberty together. We're all friends, and if you get to work with your friends, how bad could your job be?"
It's the shared positive mentality of all S-3 Sailors that continues to propel the division toward awards and certificates, underlined by one human characteristic every command pushes, but few witness at such a high level.
"The teamwork in my division is outstanding," said Supply's Leading Petty Officer Ship's Serviceman 1st Class (SW) Kenneth Johnson. "Our hard-working individuals pull together year after year to win these awards, and it's a great thing to see unfold. I'm an old salt when it comes to things like this, and I know how hard it is to set the tone and continue to stay on top. That's why I say this is the best team I have ever worked for."
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