Director of Aviation Material Readiness and Support Equipment Awarded for Enterprise Contributions

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From Naval Aviation Enterprise Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) leadership named Navy Capt. Christopher Kennedy as the June recipient of the Outstanding Performance Award during an NAE Air Board video teleconference, June 3.

Kennedy currently serves as the director of aviation material readiness and support equipment, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (CNAL). He also is a key member of the Engineering, Maintenance & Supply Chain Management (EM&SCM) Team.

Kennedy's efforts earned him recognition from NAE leadership and a letter of appreciation signed by Vice Adm. David Buss, Commander, Naval Air Forces/Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

"Your efforts were instrumental in defining Current Readiness and [E]M&SCM strategy, identifying readiness gaps, correcting those within your broad span of control and escalating barriers with solutions to senior leadership," wrote Buss in the letter of appreciation. "Your wise counsel was valued by senior leadership...and was in line with the vision of 'the right readiness at the right time at the right cost.'"

Kennedy was honored to receive the recognition and acknowledged the team efforts that contributed to his success.

"I am humbled; however, the accomplishments had very little to do with things that I did. Rather, the award signifies the efforts of lots of people and teams that span across the entire Enterprise," said Kennedy.

"Naval Aviation is a team sport," he continued. "Early on as a maintenance officer I learned it's the 'triad' (Carrier Air Group Maintenance officer/Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department officer/Supply officer) that truly produced readiness for our carrier air wings and aircraft carriers. The NAE runs the same; every person brings some skill set or talent and we must combine together to form a team or triad. Without exception, every person and team that I have been associated with has been outstanding and I think we are all aligned to provide the Sailors and Marines the best possible warfighting assets that we can."

Kennedy also shared his perspective on how NAE members can contribute to achieving the Naval Aviation vision.

"I have used a slogan since I was a young lieutenant commander, and I think that slogan is one for every member in the NAE to live by," he said. "Each one of them should strive to 'Flawlessly Execute the Basics' in everything they do each and every day!"

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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An F/18-A Hornet, from Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).
131206-N-MT637-267 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 6, 2013) An F/18-A Hornet, from Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is a scenario-driven exercise aimed at integrating the ships of the George H.W. Bush Strike Group through a series of live training events. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Robert Burck)
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