Truman Officer Wins Batchelder Award


Story Number: NNS050719-06Release Date: 7/19/2005 10:56:00 AM
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By Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Greg Pierot, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Lt. Cmdr. Mike York, assistant supply officer for USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), won the Vice Adm. Robert F. Batchelder Navy League Award for excellence in the supply field July 12.

Batchelder, the award's namesake, was a supply officer who served in the Navy from 1917 to 1957. The award was established in 1983 to recognize the outstanding effort put forth by supply officers.

"I was pretty surprised when [Truman Supply Officer Capt. (sel.) John King] told me I won," remarked York. "It was really unexpected."

Every supply officer in the fleet is eligible for the Batchelder Award. This year, five out of the 110 officers nominated won the award.

"Those selected are the best of the best," said King. "I'm glad one of our own got it."

The award doesn't recognize just York's hard work. The aviation support division working under York was a big part of his success. Aviation support, or S-6 aboard Truman, has the responsibility of keeping the nine embarked squadrons supplied with parts to keep them in the air. Whenever a part breaks, S-6 takes the part to Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) for repairs. If AIMD cannot repair the part, it is then sent ashore to get overhauled. One of the responsibilities that York undertook was the tracking of those parts sent out for overhaul. Due to his diligent tracking, York saved Truman more than $2.2 million, which could then go back to funding the replenishment of critical stock items.

York and his team beat all of the type commander (TYCOM) records for aviation readiness during Truman's most recent deployment with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, maintaining an overall 98 percent sortie completion rate as a result of York and his division's expertise in keeping the parts on hand. During his tenure as aviation supply officer, York managed 21 storerooms containing more than 29,000 items, valued at more than $300 million.

"We were just doing our job to the best of our abilities," said Aviation Storekeeper 1st Class (AW) Todd Hanson, S-6's leading petty officer.

York will receive the award at the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Ga., later this summer.

Harry S. Truman is currently conducting carrier qualifications and sustainment operations off the East Coast and is also participating in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) with USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). JTFEX is a key component in the training cycle of an aircraft carrier and carrier air wing in the U.S. Navy's Fleet Response Plan.

For related news, visit the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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