Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Carla Ocampo
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Aguirre

Stennis passed a Supply Management Inspection (SMI) with an outstanding grade June 4, which resulted in inspectors awarding Navy Achievement Medals and coins to more than 20 Sailors.

Every 18 months, Stennis’ supply department goes through an SMI, in which a team of inspectors checks to see if the supply department is up to standards in all areas of responsibility.

Supply department is responsible for crew essentials such as the galleys, laundry and ship’s mail. They also manage morale-boosting amenities, such as ship’s stores, vending machines and the barber shop. Hazmat and stock control also fall under supply department’s jurisdiction.

The SMI team visited the ship June 2-4 to inspect all supply divisions and make sure food and stock materials were accounted for.

“Supply and all of the divisions have been preparing for SMI since we got out of the shipyard in December,” said Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Glenda Atwood (SW/AW), S-2’s leading chief petty officer.

SMI was just another hurdle for supply department. Last year, supply helped provide Stennis with needed consumables during PIA, earning the 2010 Edward F. Ney award.

Supply department had a supply management assessment two months prior to SMI to help prepare them for the inspection. During that time, they assessed areas needing improvement and worked to correct discrepancies.

“We worked 16 hour days,” said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Nicholas Zaricor, aft galley watch captain. “We had many heavy field days, while making sure our equipment was operational and safe, and made sure everything was up to date on our admin side.”

After two days of inspections, supply received a passing grade in all areas from cleanliness to admin.

“It’s a huge relief, a weight off our shoulders, but even though the inspection is over our standards have to remain at the same level,” said Zaricor.

“We are the heart beat and morale of the ship,”

Supply’s performance during SMI displays their ability to support the crew with services and ameneties which enhance the quality of life for all hands. Stennis is currently underway for Joint Task Force Training Exercise in preparation for deployment.