Lincoln Passes Supply Management Inspection With Flying Colors
Story Number: NNS101012-09
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jerine Lee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs
USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) Supply Department received an overall grade of "outstanding" during a Supply Management Inspection (SMI) Oct. 8, scoring a cumulative 98.6 percent during the three-day inspection.
The inspectors, from Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF), said Lincoln's supply department score is the best mark for any aircraft carrier during the past two years.
"Lincoln's supply department did very well, and they executed all requirements well above the norm," said Cmdr. Frank Nevarez, SMI inspector. "Within all divisions, the department scored outstanding within all the basic and advanced obligations."
SMI is an event with 21 inspectors from CNAF, examining the status and upkeep of the ship's supply divisions by checking to ensure food and stock materials were completely accounted for, and the food matched the authorized allowed quantity.
Due to the vast scope of responsibilities within Supply Department, the inspections were divided into two parts; readiness, which scored a 97 percent and services, scoring a 96.2 percent.
Readiness divisions include stock control, financial, customer service, aviation support, material, hazardous material and quality insurance. Inspectors looked for proper storing, shipping, receiving, security, correct record filing such as receipts and pricing, management, parts and material condition within the readiness divisions.
Services divisions include food services in the enlisted mess decks, wardrooms and chief's mess, sales, disbursing, laundry, postal and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
Inspectors verified the cleanliness of all equipment and spaces, customer service, disbursing of mess funds, food storage and protection, water and ice sanitation, sewage and plumbing, facility structure and housekeeping, organization and proper record-keeping.
Lincoln's Supply Department Sailors began preparing for the inspection several months prior by regularly reviewing guidelines and feedback from the Supply Management Assessment (SMA) pre-inspection conducted in May 2010.
"We went out of our way to prove to the inspectors that Lincoln's supply is ready for whatever comes our way," said Lt. Cmdr. Keith Jeffries, USS Abraham Lincoln assistant supply officer.
Lincoln has a history of excellent supply management and superior performance with multiple Logistics Management Excellence Awards, also known as the Supply "Blue E" Departmental award.
A Blue E award is given by Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet for excellent quality and overall efficiency of a supply department. It is also one of the requirements for an aircraft carrier to earn the Battle Effectiveness Award, or Battle E. The award recognizes the carrier for its excellent presentation in an operational environment.
SMI was worth 50 percent of earning the Blue E and the rest is acquired by outstanding monthly reports from the ship and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 support systems.
"We have had six consecutive Blue Es on board Lincoln," said Jeffries. "We are making every effort to ensure a seventh."
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability.
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