Story by MCSN Carla Ocampo
Photo by MC3 Dugan Flynn

Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) are donning their PPE, cross checking their LOEP to the MIP, and verifying their tools during the Maintenance, Material and Management Inspection (3MI) that began Thursday.

3MI is an inspection conducted by the Commander, Naval Air Forces maintenance inspection team and is designed to evaluate the ship’s maintenance material management readiness. Departments have been preparing since August, creating a plan of action that has consisted of tag-out and hazmat training and weekly spot checks to ensure Sailors are proficient at preventive maintenance.

“I have the utmost confidence that John C. Stennis, as always will perform extremely well,” said Capt. Ronald Reis, Stennis’ commanding officer.

The 3M program is designed to keep equipment operating for as long as possible and at peak performance through preventative maintenance, 3MI is conducted every 18-24 months to make sure the maintenance is being done correctly.

“Inspectors will assess Stennis Sailors on how well each department maintains their equipment by doing the Planned Maintenance System (PMS) spot checks and evaluate how well material problems are being documented through Organizational Maintenance Management System Next Generation (OMMS-NG),” said Chief Damage Controlman (SW/AW) Gordon Gilbreath, Stennis’ 3M coordinator.

3M is a big part of a Sailor’s job so it’s important that they are well trained on maintenance procedures and the safety of themselves and their shipmates. Preparing for inspection required the coordination of all departments within the ship.

“In my office we conducted training at all levels,” said Gilbreath. “We conducted spot checks and used them as a training and grading tool.”

Sailors are well trained to take on 3MI, but there are still a few things that could make their performance better.

“Presentation is a key factor to any exam, like making sure your space and equipment are clean and presentable,” said Gilbreath. “Confidence is also important. They know your equipment, but they want to see your level of knowledge. It’s understandable to be nervous, but show them you know what you’re doing.”

3MI is an important milestone that could bring Stennis closer to the Battle Efficiency award, but most importantly proves Stennis’ crew can maintain their equipment.