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By Jeremy Roman, NSWC PCD Public Affairs
The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) General Equipment (GE) Branch plays an essential role in the Navy Lab’s goal to rapidly deliver solutions to ensure warfighting dominance.
The branch provides the workforce with the tools necessary to create and enhance products for the warfighter. Three of these GE personnel recently received U.S. Navy Civilian Service Medals for their role in helping NSWC PCD obtain the first ever perfect score during the 2021 - 2022 Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Center Headquarters Property Assessment.
Eric Kosmoski, NSWC PCD GE lead who received the U.S. Navy Civilian Service Commendation Medal, leads a diverse group of two government employees and three contractors. He oversees an inventory program that transitioned from a tri-annual inventory to an annual inventory of more than 6,000 assets and explained how they reached this historic achievement.
“Seven long years of receiving less than perfect scores, learning and growing from the discrepancies received, and adapting to change that inevitably comes from the dynamics within the NAVSEA enterprise [have laid the foundation],” said Kosmoski. “This team is coachable, adaptable to whatever is presented to us, and strives for continued excellence. It is always nice to be recognized for what we accomplished…this was truly a team effort.”
The assessment consisted of thirteen different GE elements, consisting of four different categories—Receiving, Dispositions, Physical Inventory, and Financial Management. This team scored a perfect 13 of 13.
Donn Brown, NSWC PCD General Equipment inventory manager, provides guidance to the NSWC PCD command on current processes and procedures as it applies to GE Inventory Management. During the inspection, he checked over 100 inventories and traveled to more than 30 buildings on and off base to complete the audit. He was awarded the U.S. Navy Civilian Service Achievement Medal for his contributions during the assessment.
“It is an honor to be recognized by my department and the command. When I first heard the news, I was shocked,” said Brown. “The most enjoyable part of my job consists of making the inventory process as smooth as possible for the customer. When we ensure the accurate accountability of equipment and assets, our military and civilian personnel have what they need to execute their jobs.”
Lorri Tucker, NSWC PCD GE Financial Management analyst, was also awarded the U.S. Navy Civilian Service Achievement Medal for her performance in the audit. She is involved in all aspects of monitoring all auditable financial documents including the creation, verification, and submission of 107 portfolios during that week-long assessment. Tucker shared why they were successful and what it felt like to be recognized.
“The teamwork in my department is what makes my job most enjoyable and it helps us to better serve the warfighter. By having accuracy and accountability of all our assets, our customers can complete their jobs without any delays,” said Tucker. “It is an honor to receive this award and I’m very appreciative to be recognized.”