One Small Team … Perseverance in an Ever Changing Environment

     As part of NAVSUP’s largest, most geographically dispersed Fleet Logistic Center, which provides acquisition, supply and logistics support to three Continental United States (CONUS) Regions, the Mediterranean theater and about 150 ships, 40 Navy partners and 700 activities worldwide, NAS Patuxent River, Md., Aviation Support Division (ASD) has faced many challenges in maintaining mission readiness.

     It is especially noteworthy since the division consists of junior Sailors.  Add to the equation a detailed Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) annual Supply Maintenance Assessment, and the challenges of the Navy Enterprise Resource Planning System (N-ERP), and you have a recipe for potential disaster.

The Patuxent River Aviation Support Division.

The Patuxent River Aviation Support Division.

     This has been the daunting task for this ASD, a segment of Fleet Logistic Center (FLC), Norfolk, Va.

     Against all odds, this small division of 15 Sailors pulls together and works around the clock as a team to achieve outstanding results.  For the second consecutive year, Patuxent River’s ASD has exceeded CNAF goals and earned the respect and praise of CNAF inspectors, skillfully maintaining an exceptional level of support throughout the Supply Maintenance Assessment.  It has done so impeccably in an environment that it is constantly changing, and with manning that is far from optimal.

     Of course, by “changing environment” we mean N-ERP.  For those commands who have already switched from R-supply to the N-ERP, this might sound very familiar.  With N-ERP, many of us are on unfamiliar territory; from renaming items, we as Logistic Specialists have learned to identify and recognize by heart through our training to the inputting codes to accomplish the simplest of transactions.  With CNAF directives being revised to account for the new system, necessity has come to dictate that work routines be re-learned and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) re-written.

     It has been an uphill battle however; ASD has taken on the challenge and has exceeded all expectations.

     ASD Patuxent River has recently emerged as one of the first leaders in the new ERP-guided logistic theater.  ASD was praised by CNAF inspectors for their outstanding work in both mission readiness and initiatives in adapting to operations under N-ERP.  Furthermore, with a division of junior Sailors with little to no aviation logistics experience, ASD has been able to make significant contributions to supply support of the squadrons, base and the Fleet.

     As the new Leading Chief Petty Officer, LSCS John Robinson recently stated, “My first impression was that this is a smooth operating Supply Department that was running well without a Chief present.  That’s rare to see.”

     In other words, honor, courage, commitment at its best.

     Bravo Zulu Pax!

By LS1(SW) Filomena Stamegna, Aviation Support Division, Supply Response Section Supervisor, NAS Patuxent River, Md.