By MC3 Timothy Daughton, NAS Oceana Public Affairs
Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and Chief of Supply Corps, visited Naval Air Station Oceana March 26 for a tour and a chance to speak to the Sailors who are behind the daily operations of numerous supply departments.
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Christopher Rice, aircraft department head at Oceana, explains the different levels of
maintenance for aircraft parts to Chief of Supply Corps Rear Ad m. Jonathan Yuen.
–photo by AT2 Janel Perkins
During the tour, Yuen visited Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (FRCMA) Oceana spaces. One stop on the tour was the aircraft generator shop, where he was shown the processes that are used to improve capabilities of the generators. With the increase of F/A-18s at Oceana, the demands associated with them were discussed, as well as Airspeed projects that have been implemented to achieve efficiency to better meet the demands of the flight line. “It is important for the Sailors to see that the top-level leadership recognizes all the great work they are accomplishing and also reinforces what we tell them every day. This tour also gave us a chance to show the admiral what we as a command are doing so he can share that information with his counterparts,” said Cmdr. Francini Clemmons, FRCMA Oceana maintenance officer.
The tour also visited the Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) pod shop, where Yuen was shown the process of breaking the FLIR down and testing it. Personnel assigned to the shop spoke about the man-hours it takes to ensure the flight line is supported with FLIRs.
“The tour was nice considering Yuen is from the supply side. It was very helpful for him to see what we do on a daily basis and give us feedback. It is great for the junior Sailors to see that what they are doing isn’t missed and for them to get recognition,” said Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Ricardo Correia.
Capt. Joseph Rodriguez, Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic commanding officer was also a part of the tour. He said, “It was a great opportunity to show the admiral first-hand what the FRCMA, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic and supply team are doing to support the Naval Aviation Enterprise’s number one challenge: F/A–18 readiness.”