USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Supply Department completed its Supply Management Inspection (SMI) Nov. 10, with an overall score of 93.38.
Each Supply division scored 90 percent or better, positioning the aircraft carrier to be a strong candidate for its fifth Battle Efficiency Blue "E" award, presented annually to the best Supply Department aboard aircraft carriers in each fleet.
To attain such a high score, Supply required a lot of teamwork, not just from within its own ranks, but from other departments as well.
"It was definitely a ship-wide team effort," said Cmdr. Tiffany Schad, USS Ronald Reagan supply officer. "I didn't even realize how large the support was until my master chief told me I had about eight master chiefs, senior chiefs and chiefs out cleaning the CPO galley for a couple of days straight."
Supply also received help from Ronald Reagan's Engineering Department to repair equipment in the galley and laundry. Within the Supply Department the story was the same - teamwork.
"You're looking at different sides to it," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Carlton Kirkwood, USS Ronald Reagan food service watch captain. "We have our cargo team that deals with the loading of stores, which sustains operations in the galley. On the galley side of the house, we're looking at food preparation, making sure it's hot and healthy for the crew."
Then there is the administrative side, which accounts for all the Sailors on the ship, and makes sure there are enough supplies for everyone on board. There's also the aviation support division and the material readiness division who, along with food services, had the most points in the inspection. According to Schad, Supply's Hotel Services Division set a new fleet standard by scoring a 97 on the SMI.
"Once we get everything rolling, it's like an orchestra," Kirkwood said. "After everything is said and done, the crew is happy and we're satisfied. It turns out to be an overall success for the supply side and the crew as well."
In preparation for the SMI, Supply Department Sailors had to crank up their level of service several notches. According to Shad, the inspectors looked at each Supply division with equal scrutiny, which is why she enlisted help from other departments.
"Many departments put people forth as food service attendants (FSA) so that I could pull back my own logistic specialists (LS) and ship's servicemen (SH) to focus on storerooms and tighten up a lot of our records," said Schad. "Without everybody's support here to keep our systems running and help us, we wouldn't be able to do what we did."
Because of that support, the services divisions, which include food service, retail ops, hotel services, and MWR, had an average overall score of 96 percent.
"That definitely attributes to all the hard working Sailors in our department," said Schad. "There were many store keepers and LSs who stayed up all night counting in their stores."
Supply Department Sailors have been preparing for the SMI since Ronald Reagan returned from a Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in August. According to Schad, the SMI inspectors assign points according to a checklist followed during the inspection, with a maximum point total of 100.
"We got a 93 percent, which I think is an A-minus in everybody's book," said Schad.
Supply Department Sailors have been working toward this goal for several months, and they finally got to see the fruits of their labors. Schad thanked everyone on the ship for their support, but believes it is now time to turn their attention to other departments, explaining that the Medical Department and Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) will have their own inspections coming up in the next couple of weeks.
"We think it's time we, as an entire ship, make sure that everyone does well on their inspections," said Schad.
Ronald Reagan is currently underway for a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for an upcoming deployment.
Ronald Reagan Strike Group is comprised of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), and the ships of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, which include the guided missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88), USS Howard (DDG 83) and the guided missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43).
Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 includes the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, the "Argonauts" of VFA-147, the "Blue Diamonds" of VFA-146, the "Death Rattlers" of VMFA-323, the "Black Eagles" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, the "Cougars" of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 139, the "Providers" of Carrier Logistics Support (VRC) 30, and the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4.
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