GULF OF ADEN (NNS) -- Six Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Sailors were announced as "Maintenance Persons of the Week" (MPOW) by Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (SURFLANT), May 23.
Cryptological Technician (Maintenance) 3rd Class Dustin Carter; Cryptological Technician 1st Class Daniel Foote, and Fire Controlman 3rd Class Anibal Rodriguez-Berrocales aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84); along with Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Jacob Ansell; Fire Controlman 1st Class (SW) Darryl Smith; and Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Jeremy Minnifield aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), have distinguished themselves with SURFLANT's MPOW title in the first six weeks of the program.
"Each piece of equipment aboard the ship contributes to the wellness of a system, and each system contributes to the war fighting capability and survivability of our ships," said Rear Adm. David Thomas, commander, SURFLANT. "It takes extraordinary effort, time, and resources to maintain our critical shipboard systems. Our Sailors are meeting that challenge head on; I appreciate your efforts, shipmates."
SURFLANT began the MPOW program to recognize Sailors who have distinguished themselves in the outstanding conduct of shipboard maintenance and contributions to materiel readiness.
MPOW nominees show initiative and hard work in the execution of what may be considered routine maintenance. The nomination write-up includes description of the superbly-performed task and how it improved the overall combat readiness of the command.
Carter was chosen as a Maintenance Person of the Week for his perseverance in overcoming the hurdles involved in repairing a prototype cryptological collection suite, dedicating himself to ensuring the full restoration of the antenna system capability.
"This recognition speaks to not only the incredible talent on board Bulkeley, but to the mindset of self-sufficiency and determination to fix things ourselves, especially impressive given the logistics challenge of remote deployment operations," said Cmdr. Sean Anderson, USS Bulkeley commanding officer.
Aboard Leyte Gulf, Ansell led a team that replaced a valve hydraulic pump, skillfully removing the old pump, and installing, connecting and operationally testing the new pump in minimal time without jeopardizing safety.
"GSM3 Ansell is a hard charger and hot runner," said Senior Chief Gas Turbine System Technician Atley Vickers, leading chief petty officer of the Leyte Gulf Engineering department. "He has done a lot more corrective and preventive maintenance than this one specific task; I think this program is a great way to get Sailors immediate recognition for performing corrective maintenance and keeping the ship battle ready."
The SURFLANT program began April 8 and weekly recognizes six Atlantic Fleet Sailors, deployed or in port.
Bulkeley and Leyte Gulf are deployed as part of Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG), supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Enterprise CSG consists of Bulkeley, Leyte Gulf, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS Mason (DDG 87), the fast-combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8), Carrier Air Wing 1 and Destroyer Squadron 2.
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