CVN 78 Executive Officer Receives NAE Outstanding Performance Award

Story Number: NNS141230-02Release Date: 12/30/2014 9:15:00 AM
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By Naval Aviation Enterprise Public Affairs

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (NNS) -- Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) leadership named Capt. Sean Bailey as the monthly winner of the Outstanding Performance Award during an NAE Air Board video teleconference Dec. 9.

In his role as the executive officer of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Bailey is responsible for coordinating the manning of the crew to include ensuring that each of the 19 departments is properly manned. He recently helped plan and execute the CVN 78 War Game III, the culminating event of a multi-year process designed to refine the ship's preliminary manning document, resolve issues surrounding manning shortfalls created by changes in technology, and operational requirements since the ship was originally designed.

Bailey's efforts earned him recognition from NAE leadership and a letter of appreciation signed by Vice Adm. David Buss, commander, U.S. Naval Air Forces.

"Throughout the entire war game process, your insight as the PCU executive officer proved invaluable and was an essential part of helping the war game team gather data and develop key insights that will shape manpower and training policies and ensure successful employment of USS Gerald R. Ford," wrote Buss in the letter of appreciation.

For Bailey, it was an honor to receive the recognition on behalf of the USS Gerald R. Ford (GRF) team.

"I was really just the coach of a great team of dedicated leaders who utilized their individual expertise and judgment to provide the inputs for how CVN 78 will operate at sea and accomplish its mission," Bailey said.

The war game effort came at a crucial time and resulted in significant insights, according to Bailey.

"We are currently in phase four of 10 planned incremental manning phases and presently number over 1,270 crew members. With nearly half our manning already aboard, it was important that we resolve these manpower and manning issues and make final revisions to the composition of the crew so that with the final arriving crew members, we would not face any shortages in ratings or specialty Navy Enlisted Classification codes," Bailey said. "I was especially proud of the way the GRF team came together to understand the Navy's manpower system and the way work requirements are calculated to fully account for the work Sailors aboard GRF will have to accomplish and then find innovative ways to man the ship with just the right number of personnel in order to meet all operational requirements."

The NAE Air Board, composed of leaders partnering to pursue the best interests of Naval Aviation, recognizes typically one Sailor, Marine or civilian employee each month for his or her outstanding enterprise-centric contributions to Naval Aviation. Award winners serve as positive examples of the enterprise approach at work. They routinely illustrate a commitment to the NAE principles of process improvement, a willingness to challenge assumptions, a focus on effectiveness and efficiency and a commitment to the greater good of Naval Aviation.

Naval Aviation leaders have distributed the monthly NAE Outstanding Performance Award since 2008 to promote a culture of cost-wise readiness. For a full listing of monthly award winners since 2008, visit For more information, contact the NAE at

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