Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Carla Ocampo
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate

USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) received an outstanding grade on their recent Aircraft Maintenance Inspection (AMI) May 17.

Naval Air Forces Aviation Maintenance Management Team (AMMT) inspected AIMD on 43 maintenance programs as well as drills, training, material condition and safety.

“It was one of the best that I’ve seen,” said Master Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Mike Connolly, AMMT member. “Forty of those programs were on track, only three needed attention, and zero were off track.”

AIMD has been preparing for AMI since their Maintenance Program Assessment (MPA) in January. MPA is a self-assessment designed to spot discrepancies before an AMI.

“They came up with an innovative system to correct all of the areas of concern that we had in January,” said Connolly.

An AMI usually lasts four to five days, but due to their lack of discrepancies AIMD finished in three days, said Connolly.

“It took a lot of drills and dedication,” said Aviation Machinist’s Mate 1st Class (AW) Ronald Simon, AIMD’s Quality Assurance leading petty officer.

Seventeen Sailors from AIMD were presented with a coin and Bravo-Zulus (BZ) for their hard work during the inspection.

Connolly said that 17 BZ’s was the most he and his team of inspectors have given out during an AMI in over three years.

“Everyone worked hard and everyone deserved a Bravo-Zulu,” said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Heather Mikschl. “It’s awesome to know that all of the hard work and time we put in paid off.”

By staying on track or better on all programs, AIMD contributes significantly to Stennis’ flight operations and successfully completing mission requirements.

“The challenge for them now is to sustain progress, said Connolly. “The true test will be supporting the air wing during deployment.”

AIMD’s performance during AMI displays tremendous capability to support aircraft maintenance through composite training unit exercise and in the future deployment.