At every stop, Lescher thanked Sailors for their exceptional leadership through the challenge of COVID.
Lescher visited Patrol Squadron (VP) 1 and Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadrons (HSM) 35 and 49 at Naval Air Station North Island, California, where he spoke with maintainers about their strong progress in bringing increased velocity to aircraft repair.
He talked to maintainers about the Maintenance Operations Center / Aircraft on Ground (MOC/AOG) Cell best practices rolling out across the Naval Aviation Enterprise and its impact on maintenance turnaround times and the number of mission-capable aircraft. MOC/AOG spotlights and eliminates barriers keeping an aircraft from being mission capable.
“The MOC/AOG concept played a critical role in Naval Aviation’s F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G readiness recovery success,” said Lescher. “The Air Boss, Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, is scaling MOC/AOG across naval aviation and we continue to see its impact in raising readiness.
Maintainers talked about how the MOC/AOG improved visibility into the supply chain, improved maintenance planning and increased aircraft readiness.
At each location, Lescher also met with Wing leaders and Command Triads to hear their views on the most consequential barriers to be attacked in order for them to achieve their highest priority outcomes.
Lescher visited Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) where he spoke with key managers and influencers in the yard about the process for accelerating improvement in the Navy’s ability to deliver aircraft carriers, ships and submarines on time to the fleet.
Lescher also had the opportunity to discuss how Naval Sea Systems Commander Vice Adm. Bill Galinis’ Public Shipyard Improvement Plan and the Navy Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program (SIOP) will enable PSNS & IMF to better support the Navy’s future fleet.
“We are applying strong Navy learning, achieved through hard work in the Naval Sustainment System (NSS) Shipyards and Performance to Plan (P2P) programs, to reinforce strong leadership behaviors, make it easier for mechanics to do their work well, and bring velocity to improvement in the yards,” said Lescher.
While at Naval Base Kitsap Keyport VCNO visited Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Squadron (UUVRON) 1 to talk with leaders about the quickening pace of learning taking place in autonomous undersea vehicle development and experimentation, and the role of this learning in the context of the Navy’s broader Unmanned Campaign Plan. UUVRON 1 is actively developing and testing new unmanned vehicle capabilities around the world.
Lescher visited the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon to discuss progress in advancing new concepts, tactics and training, and the power of fully integrated warfighting approaches that will be supported by the Integrated Training Facility (ITF) under construction. When fully operational, the ITF will provide an enhanced training venue to accelerate the development and reinforcement of advanced integrated carrier strike group (CSG) combat tactics that are driven by experimentation and strong analytic support to field high-confidence winning teams in high-end combat.
Installation leadership from NAS Fallon, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Naval Station Everett, and Naval Magazine Indian Island briefed Lescher about their efforts to improve installation resilience and plans for future infrastructure development. The base commanders outlined a broad scope of facility improvement and maintenance to enhance the resiliency of Navy installations.
While in Southern California, Lescher visited the Silver Strand Training Complex at Naval Base Coronado to learn about Human Performance Optimization initiatives for Navy Special Warfare (NSW) Operators. This effort takes a holistic approach to personal wellness across the continuum of their Naval service, from before they arrive at initial training until they transition back to civilian life. Lescher and NSW leadership also discussed the strong pace of thinking and development associated with the NSW approach to Great Power Competition, and the substantial opportunities identified for consequential NSW contributions to the high-end fight.
VCNO met with the mental health teams in Naval Hospital Bremerton, Naval Medical Center San Diego, and Navy Special Warfare Center Coronado to discuss the latest approaches to force resilience and the critical role of mental health care in contributing to improving the Navy’s overall readiness.
“Getting bottom-up feedback from the fleet is extremely valuable, and enables us to understand best practices and accelerate progress in providing a comprehensive approach and continuum of mental health care across the Navy” said Lescher.
Topics discussed included destigmatizing help-seeking for mental health care, increases in demand for mental healthcare nationwide, new initiatives to optimize readiness, and providing continuing mental health resiliency training throughout a service member’s career.
Naval Postgraduate School
While at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Lescher visited the NPS additive manufacturing (AM) lab, the Center for Cybersecurity and Cyber Operations, and the Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research (CAVR), with NPS students briefing their ongoing research-oriented to solve key operational problems.
“Today’s operational environment is growing in complexity,” said Lescher. “We are leveraging the thinking and creativity of the Navy’s future leaders to improve fleet readiness today and drive innovation that will improve our lethality and readiness for future combat.”
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