Lincoln Supply Department Achieves Supply Blue “E”

     The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln’s (CVN 72) Supply Department received the 2012 Supply Blue “E” Award for Supply Excellence this past August.

     Capt. Michael Ropiak, Commander, Naval Force Atlantic Force Supply Officer, visited Lincoln to present the award to Lincoln Supply personnel and congratulate them for their outstanding effort.

     “I’m familiar with the yards and I know it’s difficult for some,” Capt. Ropiak said.  “You’ve all shown you can handle this with proficiency and enthusiasm, and I’m proud to award this honor to the Lincoln.”

     The Blue “E” is awarded annually to supply departments that demonstrate excellent quality and efficiency, as judged by a comprehensive multiple-day supply management inspection.  Additionally, the command had to continually meet standards of excellence with monthly improvements during the year.

     “This is Lincoln’s ninth consecutive Blue ‘E’,” said Cmdr. Eric Oettl, Lincoln’s Supply Officer who thanked all of the Sailors — past and present — who contributed to earning the Blue “E” Award.  “Thanks for the outstanding work,” he added.

     Cmdr. Oettl went on to highlight the effect winning the Blue “E” had on Lincoln’s other achievements.  “Without this award, Lincoln could not have won the Battle ‘E’,” Oettl explained.  “Without it we wouldn’t have been the best west coast carrier in the fleet.”

     Capt. Ropiak closed the ceremony with a cake cutting and words of encouragement.  “Many of you will be here for the years to come,” Capt. Ropiak emphasized.  “I encourage you to continue your history of excellence, and take it with you all the way back to sea.”

     USS Abraham Lincoln is currently undergoing a refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

     The Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz class to undergo a RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone.  Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the Fleet, and will continue to be a vital part of our national defense.

By MC2 Kyle Henley, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs