BREMERTON, Wash. —
Innovation is at the core of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility’s strategy for accomplishing its mission: maintaining, modernizing and retiring the Navy’s fleet. The shipyard and other local Navy commands recently certified a group of employees specially trained to lead the innovative processes intended to make their organizations successful into the future.
Twenty-three employees from local Navy units graduated from the Naval Sea Systems Command Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program during a ceremony Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Norm Dicks Government Center.
The graduates completed five weeks of intensive training in organizational improvement processes using the Lean Six Sigma methodology. The Black Belt certification will enable them to lead teams in analyzing work processes to develop improvements in efficiency or quality.
Thirteen of the graduates work at PSNS & IMF. The remaining 10 work for Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport; Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific; Ship Repair Facility, Japan; Submarine Group Nine; Naval Submarine Support Center Bangor; and the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Rear Admiral Stephen F. Williamson, deputy commander for logistics, maintenance and industrial operations at Naval Sea Systems Command, was the guest speaker at the ceremony. Organizers estimate that about 60 family members, friends and guests attended the event.
Bryan Allen, Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific
Daryl Anderson, PSNS & IMF
Robert Bosarge, PSNS & IMF
T.C. Bowers, Submarine Group Nine
Taylor Cable, PSNS & IMF
Kristina Childs, PSNS & IMF
Norma Domingo, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport
Kiri Eberhart, PSNS & IMF
Bill Frey, PSNS & IMF
Yuki Funamizu, Ship Repair Facility, Japan
Tim Harnishfeger, PSNS & IMF
Scott Huttleston, Naval Submarine Support Center Bangor
Junko Isozaki, Ship Repair Facility, Japan
Bob Ketch, U.S. Pacific Fleet
Steve Komar, Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific
Ailia Krause, PSNS & IMF
Chuck Lance, PSNS & IMF
Rich Marquina, PSNS & IMF
Shannon Miller, PSNS & IMF
Kirsten Pearson, PSNS & IMF
Eliana Sanchez, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport
Nioka Troyer, PSNS & IMF
Lindsay Vigo, Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific