'Gold Eagle' Sailor Awarded for Money-Saving Program

Story Number: NNS081017-13Release Date: 10/17/2008 7:18:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristan Robertson, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- A USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailor was recently selected for the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Monthly Gold Disc Award for his work on a circuit card repair program that saved the Navy thousands of dollars.

Electronics Technician (ET) 3rd Class (SW) Harry Moody of the combat systems CS-9 division was selected in August for the award, which included a letter of commendation (LOC) and $500.

The program Moody created took around two weeks to complete but is efficient enough to save the government thousands of dollars for each circuit of a SA-2112s, a type of communication patching system for ships that is also known informally as a "Coke machine." Circuit cards can come from a number of types of large and expensive shipboard equipment, ranging from radar devices to communication equipment.

"It's a good feeling to have won the award, because I have the satisfaction of knowing I'm helping other shipmates around the fleet," said Moody. "The program is now being used by people worldwide to test their equipment and save tons of money."

Moody's diagnostic program works by reading the "signatures" on different components of the circuit cards and indicating which ones need to be repaired or replaced.

"It was a lot of pressure, and I had to make sure I gave the right signatures in the program," said Moody. "A minimum of three cards have to be successfully tested before you are even considered for the award."

Moody successfully created the program with help of contractors that work with shipboard communications in support of Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR) at St. Julien's Creek Annex in Portsmouth, Va.

Currently, Moody serves as an ET link maintenance technician aboard the "Gold Eagle" and is also a qualified 2M technician. He is also playing a pivotal role on board in ensuring that all shipboard J-dial telephone lines will be fully operational by December.

"Moody is an extremely hard worker and a valuable asset to the division," said Chief Electronics Technician (SW/AW) Ray Hamburg. "His background with component level testing is saving the Navy thousands and thousands of dollars. He really took a step out of his comfort zone to create the circuit card program, and it definitely paid off."

Carl Vinson is undergoing its scheduled refueling 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.

For more news from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.

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