BY JENAE JACKSON
OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP WEAPON SYSTEMS SUPPORT
On May 15, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (WSS) hosted its first Aviation Readiness Improvement Day in Philadelphia, designed to ensure the Navy is ready today in order to win tomorrow through innovative and responsive industrial partnerships.
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Weapon systems information booths were available throughout the afternoon, allowing participants the chance to engage with subject matter experts from NAVSUP WSS’s integrated weapon support teams.
More than 80 current and potential government and industry partners were in attendance, eager to gain a better understanding of NAVSUP WSS’s critical supply chain management mission and discuss strategies to strengthen and broaden industry partnerships.
“We are proud of our ability to support the warfighter here at NAVSUP WSS and strive to continuously improve our level of program support,” said NAVSUP WSS Commander Rear Adm. Duke Heinz.
“We are committed to improving and expanding our partnerships with organizations who share the same sense of urgency that we do here. We understand the challenges and we know that we can’t achieve a strong and ready aviation fleet without help from our industry partners.”
The event consisted of overview briefs covering NAVSUP WSS’s aviation operations, engineering methods and source development process.
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Rear Adm. Duke Heinz, commander, NAVSUP WSS, kicked off the first Aviation Readiness Improvement Day, giving participants the opportunity to learn more about NAVSUP WSS’s critical supply chain management mission, gain insights into the fleet’s current readiness needs, and learn how best to partner with NAVSUP WSS.
We need tactical excellence across our supply chain to drive capability, capacity and velocity, which drive mission-ready and full-up aircraft,” said Capt. Matt Ott, NAVSUP WSS director of Aviation Operations.
“We can improve our Navy, Marine Corps, cross services, and foreign military partners’ readiness by removing wasteful steps, rewarding innovation and expediting outcomes that fast-track benefits to current and future aviation sustainment,” he added.
Weapon systems information booths were also available throughout the afternoon, allowing participants the chance to engage with subject matter experts from NAVSUP WSS’s contracting directorate and integrated weapon support teams.
Aviation Readiness Improvement Day concluded with a town hall style question-and-answer session giving industry the opportunity to discuss aviation supply backorder challenges, part obsolescence issues and source development policies. The communication fostered mutual understanding of perceived and real challenges and set the stage to attack specific parts degraders.
As NAVSUP WSS continues to make strides towards enhancing naval aviation readiness, fostering better communication channels and collaborative relationships with industry is crucial to guaranteeing naval aviation has a winning supply strategy. NAVSUP WSS plans to hold Aviation Readiness Improvement Day annually.