EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) Supply Department's S-8 Division Sailors have developed a prototype inventory and supply management system designed to streamline efficiency, productivity and time.
Once the new system is implemented, the storekeepers will keep inventory for many divisions, including Abe's Food Service Division (S-2).
"We recently took over 10 storerooms from S-2," said Storekeeper 1st Class (SW) Brian Button, S-8's readiness leading petty officer. "Right now, it's just the frozen and dry goods. Eventually, we plan to take on more."
Ensign Diana Dalphose, Lincoln's Food Services Officer, said she feels very positive about the new inventory system.
"Everybody is very excited," she said. "We are the only ship that is implementing the system. It will completely revamp the current program and will help maintain better accuracy of our many inventory levels."
According to S-8, better time management for personnel and resources will be the prime advantages gained by handling inventory in this new fashion.
With personnel freed up from inventory documentation, there will be a gain in rating-specific man hours.
"In recent months, we've taken back stores for medical and dental that were typically run by corpsmen," Button said. "Since then, medical's manning readiness has increased considerably. While we take care of the inventory, these corpsmen are able to focus on their everyday jobs."
Although the Food Service stores will be inventoried and maintained by storekeepers, the culinary specialists (CS) will still have access to the inventory.
"The system is going to be universal. It will be utilized not only for us, but also by the CSs as well," Button said.
From June 2005 through January 2006, the S-8 division will have taken on inventory responsibilities in many other shipboard areas.
"The divisions will place an order with us, like anyone else, and we'll issue their goods to them," Button explained.
Some of the other items range from hazardous materials and reactor materials to candy bars and soda.
"If successful, other commands are expected to model their supply inventory systems on Lincoln's," Button said. "It's a lot of work to get everything on line. Once we get to that point, everything's going to be great. It's going to pay off dividends in the long run. We're setting standards for the Navy."
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