BY LT.J.G. RHETT C. BARKER, DISBURSING OFFICER, USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76)
The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Supply Department continued to demonstrate its professional prowess as it receives its ninth consecutive Blue “E” for 2014. Some of the highlights of the year included a port visit to the ship’s sponsor city of Santa Barbara, California, being the flagship for the Rim of the Pacific exercise off the coast of Hawaii, and commencing the critical planned incremental availability (PIA) to ready the ship for assignment to Forward Deployed Naval Forces. These three significant events created their own brand of challenges from hosting several major receptions more than 2,000 guests to providing the highest level of support to ship’s company and shipyard workers during PIA.
In 2014, the USS Ronald Reagan Supply Department received recognition as the top disbursing operation, the Carl Scheufele (Chief Petty Officer Mess) Award, and runner up for the Dorie P. Miller (Wardroom Mess) Award. As Lt. Brett Woodward stated, “Our team strived for the highest form of customer service and everything came full circle.”
The team has kept the momentum going in 2015. Through hard work, dedication and teamwork, the Supply Department efforts directly contributed to USS Reagan being the first aircraft carrier in eight years to complete a PIA on time. The bulk of the Supply Department is going to have the unique opportunity of serving on board three CVNs in less than a year. They have been dubbed the Three Presidents Crew (CVN 220). They will transition from USS Reagan to the USS George Washington (CVN 73) in August where, along with Carrier Air Wing Two, they will deploy around South America to end in Norfolk, Virginia. In the January 2016 time frame, those same Sailors will then transfer back to San Diego, California to join the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). As the crew prepares for the dynamic three-ship hull swap, they are excited to be a part of the historic event. The USS Reagan team will continue to strive for excellence to make the transitions in the coming year as seamless as possible. The only constant will be change.
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USS Ronald Reagan Supply Department
members pose for their Blue E photo on
the flight deck. – photo by MC3 Cody
Hendrix Graphics Media Department
USS Ronald Reagan