BY SUZANNA BRUGLER, DEPUTY DIRECTOR
OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP GLOBAL LOGISTICS SUPPORT
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LSSN Gary Mcknight inspects barrels of hazardous materials (HAZMAT) during a HAZMAT offload on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). USS Theodore Roosevelt is homeported in San Diego, California. –photo by MC3 Paul Archer
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Global Logistics Support (GLS) hosted personnel from around the Navy for the semi-annual Hazardous Material Afloat Program (HMAP) Working Group, June 14-16 in San Diego, California.
The three-day workshop brought together representatives from area U.S. Navy ships, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), U.S. Surface Forces Command, and NAVSUP Headquarters. The workshop provided a forum for the participants to discuss, coordinate and monitor the actions of NAVSUP, BUMED and other supporting commands whose actions are essential to the overall long-term shipboard hazardous material (HM) control and management program.
“Having participants from around the Navy attend the workshop ensured it was a resounding success,” said Harry Ornelas, NAVSUP GLS logistics management program office. “HMAP is so important to our Navy that we hold the workshop twice a year, enabling face-to-face discussions to communicate and coordinate specific operational needs afloat.”
Highlights of the workshop included reviewing the effectiveness of the ship’s hazardous material list; training for the afloat community to use for division safety petty officer and HM coordinator quality assurance; discussing changes to and distribution of the Hazardous Inventory Control System for Windows, which is used for HM tracking afloat; and training and assistance of the NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Centers Afloat Consolidated Hazardous Material Reutilization and Inventory Management Program technicians in managing their shipboard HM programs, to include material offload for redistribution or disposal processing.
The HMAP Working Group format was established in 1986 to support Fleet commanders with the effective management and control of HM aboard ships.
The next HMAP Working Group is slated for December.