NORFOLK (NNS) -- Storekeepers from USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) Supply Department received the 2004 Adm. Stan Arthur Award June 5 for excellence in operational logistics.
The award is given annually to individuals and teams who epitomize logistics professionalism and excellence, by promoting innovative ideas and concepts resulting in substantial benefits to the Navy.
"I am extremely excited, but more excited for the team," said Supply Officer Cmdr. John King. "We have a great supply team that's very hard working, and it's great to see them get recognized for all the hard work."
The team was chosen for the award for developing creative and realistic procedures to eliminate waste. They did this by examining critical processes within the ship's supply department that wasted time and manpower.
As a result, their efforts saved more than 1,700 man-hours during Truman's Persian Gulf deployment in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Aviation Supply Support Division Officer Lt. Cmdr. Michael York attributes winning the award to the creativity and ingenuity of the team's Sailors.
"They were the ones who came up with the ideas, tested them and implemented them," said York. "It's a combination of new ideas and our success in supporting our customers."
One of the ideas the team came up with was to cut down on the time and manpower it takes to get supplies to the customer. Before this project, there was a mountain of supplies in the ship's hangar bay. The team brainstormed other places to put some of the supplies and re-organized the ones still in the bay to make them easier to access.
Some of the team's success was due to old-fashioned hard work and attention to detail. The team worked to decrease the number of parts ordered from the States per day by increasing the number of parts available aboard.
"We were able to have the supplies our customers required more readily available on the ship," said York.
As a result of the success, every supply division has brainstormed projects to make the whole supply department more effective and efficient.
According to King, winning the award is a stepping-stone for the department.
"We're going to make things better," said King. "We're going to build on our successes."
This is the first time Truman has won the award, and they add it to a number of other 2004 wins, including the Dorie P. Miller and Capt. Edward F. Ney Awards.
"The supply department has won every logistics and services award available this year," said King. "We're trying to make things better on board. If we also get recognized for it, then great!"
The awards ceremony will be held at the Pentagon June 27, where Truman team members will receive a plaque, individual certificates and $10,000 to be shared among themselves.
For related news, visit the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.