Truman AIMD Officer Wins Capt. Virgil Lemmon Award

Story Number: NNS050610-06Release Date: 6/10/2005 1:16:00 PM
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By Journalist 3rd Class (SW) John Stevens, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Production Officer Lt. Cmdr. Nathan D. Schneider received the Capt. Virgil Lemmon Award for aviation maintenance excellence in a ceremony June 2.

Named for the influential naval aviator who helped modernize the Naval Aviation Maintenance Program, the award recognized Schneider's contributions to aviation maintenance and logistics.

"I think it's [Truman's] questioning attitude," said Schneider of the reason behind winning the award. "We question everything, and I always challenge the status quo."

Schneider also said he places emphasis on common sense in his maintenance program, and that he trusts his subordinates to do their work and account for it.

One of the biggest command-wide attributes to the award was Truman's Lean program, said Schneider, which is designed to "trim the fat" during production and produce less waste, hence a more streamlined final product, improved maintenance and supply flow.

Schneider also credited his department with the achievement more than himself.

"I have to recognize Master Chief [Aviation Maintenance Administrationman] (AW/NAC) Mike McGary, Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (AW/SW) David Clark," said Schneider, "and all the chief petty officers and troops in AIMD."

Schneider's recognition came as part of the annual Association of Naval Aviators (ANA) convention, where he was given a plaque by ANA President retired Rear Adm. Philip Smith and retired Cmdr. Steve Callaghan, a representative for Lockheed Martin.

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