Carl Vinson Sailor Awarded for Cost Effective Work

Story Number: NNS080722-18Release Date: 7/22/2008 4:54:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Oberholtzer, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- A Sailor stationed aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) will receive a letter of commendation and a cash award this July for developing new electronic troubleshooting test data, potentially minimizing thousands of dollars in repair costs for electronic equipment.

Electronics Technician 2nd Class (SW/AW) Matthew Trueblood, of Carl Vinson's Combat Systems Department, developed in-depth electronic test data that shortens the time it takes to trouble-shoot equipment while reducing, and in some cases eliminating, the need for outside repairs and replacement of electronic equipment.

"It really was a surprise," said Trueblood, combat systems CS5 division work center supervisor. "All I was doing was my job, and then I got paid extra for doing it well."

Trueblood explained his efforts were intended to make things easier on his fellow technicians, which would lead to more productivity and operational readiness.

The procedure utilizes the 2M (Micro Miniature) Repair Gold Disk program to streamline and map technician-friendly electronic signatures and key troubleshooting test points. In doing so, Trueblood was able to speed up the trouble shooting process by pin-pointing key circuit parameters to aide the technician identifying the source of a problem, all the way down to the component level.

"During a shipyard period, there is not a lot of electronic equipment that needs to be repaired," said Chief Warrant Officer Dwight Baker, CS5 division officer. "This allowed him more time to focus on the development of high failure electronic equipment."

Baker explained the signatures are time consuming to develop and are very complex in nature, but are very cost effective in the long term.

"The signatures that he created will make all of our jobs easier," said Baker. "These signatures are now used fleet wide for all Gold Disk users and will potentially avoid a lot of repair costs to our electronic gear."

For Trueblood, it's all about repairing gear as efficiently as possible.

"The components that are found bad [with the program] can cost just a few cents to fix and replace when we do it ourselves," said Trueblood. "But when we send them out for repair, it's going to cost us more money. We try to repair as much as possible at the technician level."

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.

During RCOH Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare for another 25 years or more of service.

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