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NEWS | June 21, 2017

PSNS & IMF employees earn NAVSEA awards for innovation, excellence

By PSNS & IMF Public Affairs PSNS & IMF

One Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility employee was honored for individual excellence and eight others were commended for their participation in successful teams, Naval Sea Systems Command announced recently.

Vice Admiral Thomas Moore, the NAVSEA commander, named the winners in a June 13 email to NAVSEA organizations announcing the results of the 3rd and 4th Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 NAVSEA Excellence Awards and the 2017 NAVSEA Commander's Award for Innovation.

Selected for NAVSEA Excellence Awards from PSNS & IMF were:

- Mark A. Evans, manager of the Engineering and Planning Department's Submarine Seawater Systems Branch, for an individual award recognizing his efforts to streamline work processes through innovation and engineering solutions.

- J. Chance Styron of the Quality Assurance Office Welding Engineering Division; Erin R. Neville of the QAO Nondestructive Testing Division; Ernie L. Adams of the QAO Nondestructive Testing Division; and Ole B. Hovland of the Engineering and Planning Department's Fluid and Mechanical Engineering and Planning Division, for a team award for participation in a NAVSEA-wide phased array ultrasonic test program.

- Jared E. Judd of the Engineering and Planning Department's Submarine Seawater Systems Branch for a team award for participation in a NAVSEA-wide test of teflon coating for titanium.

Selected for the NAVSEA Commander's Award for Innovation were:

- Kenneth Koemmpel, former head of the Product Lines Department's Inactive Fleet, Reactor Compartment Disposal and Recycling Division; Dwight K. Otis, product line production manager for the Product Lines Department; and Peter Laketa, a division manager in the Command's Lean Office, for a team award for their participation in a Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, technology demonstration project.

"I see excellence and innovation daily at PSNS & IMF, so it's always good to hear that others see it in us, too," said Capt. Howard B. Markle, commander of PSNS & IMF. "Through their individual and team efforts, these outstanding members of our workforce have made an enormous contribution to our success and that of the NAVSEA-wide enterprise. I'm extremely proud of them, and I thank NAVSEA for recognizing the spirit of innovation, hard work and dedication they bring to our organization and to the Navy."

Moore said the recipients will be honored at the NAVSEA Command Awards Ceremony in July at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.