Capt. David Hart, Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) commanding officer, presented Jake D. Johnson the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award on behalf of Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, Sept. 21 in San Diego.
Johnson received the prestigious award for his outstanding contributions to the U.S. Navy while serving as the SWRMC Gas Turbine Shop Subject Matter Expert (SME). Through the course of Johnson's 59 years of military and federal service, he served as the principle leader within the Navy Intermediate-Level (I-Level) maintenance community and is recognized as a founding father of Gas Turbine I-Level maintenance.
“Thank you for all you have done to support the Department of the Navy and the Nation through your work in the Gas Turbine Shop,” Capt. Hart said during the award presentation. “Over the course of your distinguished career, you have ensured countless Sailors have been trained to support their ships and that those ships have been ready and able to meet the Navy’s mission.”
Johnson is responsible for establishing the first U.S. Navy I-Level maintenance shop for marine gas turbine engine repair in 1991 in San Diego. As shop master of the facility, his determination to establish the procedures, policies, and standards for gas turbine I-Level maintenance and repair laid the foundation for all gas turbine-related maintenance performed in the global fleet today.
Johnson has also provided major contributions to the development and implementation of U.S. Navy maintenance standards and procedures for various main propulsion gas turbine engines used across the fleet. He has dedicated countless hours training thousands of Sailors and civilians to understand and meet these standards.
“With the transformation of the program over the years, we still have to focus on maintenance,” Johnson said. “I take this program very seriously. We have new ships on the waterfront, new capabilities, and new concerns – but we still have to train our crews to do it right every time.”
This mindset is what characterizes Johnson’s dedication to the operational readiness and technical capabilities to the U.S. Navy as his contributions to the Navy’s Gas Turbine program are unmatched among the military or civilian community.
SWRMC’s mission is to provide superior ship maintenance, modernization, technical support, and training for the Pacific Fleet.
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01 October 2018
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