USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Ronald Reagan's (CVN 76) supply department wrapped up its annual Supply Management Inspection (SMI) Dec. 9, setting the standard for the west coast aircraft carrier fleet.
A team of inspectors from Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC) boarded the ship Dec. 6 to conduct the SMI, assessing Ronald Reagan's supply department's capability to support the crew, staff and the embarked carrier air wing.
Scoring approximately 99 percent in every category included in the inspection, Reagan's supply department proved they are fully capable and mission ready.
According to Supply Department personnel, shipboard supply departments must undergo a thorough inspection every 18 to 24 months in order to make sure they meet Navy standards in all areas of responsibility. The inspection is broken down into two elements: ship readiness and supply services. These two elements are broken down further into several sub-categories.
Readiness is determined by evaluating the ship's stock control, hazardous material inventory and control, and supply storage divisions. Services are evaluated by inspecting the ship's food service, laundry, disbursing and the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs.
Master Chief Culinary Specialist (SW/AW) Henry Salazar, leading chief petty officer of Reagan's Food Service Division, said he conducted several pre-inspections to ensure his four galleys were ready for the inspection.
"I am very satisfied with the hard work and long hours our cooks put into keeping the food production side of things up to speed," said Salazar. "I am honored to be working aboard USS Ronald Reagan."
Supply Department began daily preparation for SMI as early as June, six months before the actual date of the inspection. Storekeeper 1st Class (SW/AW) Daniel Hernandez, leading petty officer of Supply's Material Division, had ample praise for the junior Sailors under his supervision.
"We're just the eyes that look over everything. It's the junior Sailors that actually make it happen," said Hernandez. "Without them I don't have a job, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. I'm glad to have them on my team."
"Although inspectors said our operation was outstanding, they still gave good lessons on what we could do to improve," said Chief Culinary Specialist (SW) Anthony Halal, Cargo division's leading chief petty officer. "There is always room for improvement, and inspectors are welcome to come and help make our team stronger."
Though most SMI inspections require four days to complete, the readiness and dedication of Reagan's Supply Department became fully evident to inspectors in only two. Before departing, the inspection team awarded Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, as well as command coins, to several Sailors.
"Overall, this inspection brought Supply Department together to show that we are a team and we're striving to win next year's Blue 'E,'" said Chief Warrant Officer Theresa Payne, Reagan's food services officer. "The Blue 'E' symbolizes supply excellence in all areas, and we're preparing to make next year's award our first."
Reagan is currently underway in the Pacific Ocean participating in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 06-2.
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