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NEWS | Aug. 8, 2023

Initiative helps workforce better understand Navy's mission

By Aime Lykins, PSNS & IMF Public Affairs

Submarines and aircraft carriers resting in dry docks are a common sight for employees at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility. The maintenance work done on operational vessels is essential to national security and interests, and each shipyard employee plays a part.

The Connect to Mission initiative, or C2M, is designed to help junior members of the workforce with little to no operator knowledge understand the mission of vessels at sea, and help to paint a bigger picture of how maintenance work enhances the readiness of the U.S. Navy.

More than 20 employees from Code 1180, Command University, received a C2M Navy 101 presentation, tailored to help them understand the U.S. Navy’s mission, platforms and current objectives. The presentation familiarized Command University staff with the Navy’s overall mission, structure, operations and its history and heritage.

“The C2M program is personal for me,” said Kevin Wilke, division head, Code 105.7, Radiological Controls Special Projects. “I spent 28 years in the Navy riding submarines. Thirteen of those years were riding boats out of Bangor, so I am a direct recipient of this shipyard doing their work right. If they hadn’t done their work right, who knows, maybe I wouldn’t be here to facilitate Navy 101. The presentation helps employees understand how vitally important their particular job is here at the Shipyard.”

For more information on customized Navy 101 C2M presentations, call (360) 627-4833. Additional information is also available on SharePoint under the "projects" tab.