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NEWS | March 25, 2021

Southwest Regional Calibration Center Ranks Top 10 Across Commander, Naval Air Forces Calibration Activities and Program Managers

By SWRMC Public Affairs

Southwest Regional Maintenance Center’s (SWRMC) latest success comes from its Calibration Lab, Southwest Regional Calibration Center (SWRCC), and SWRCC Lab Manager. Both ranked in the top 10 across Commander, Naval Air Forces (COMNAVAIRFOR) Calibration Activities and Program Managers, respectively, for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021.

The center is responsible for the calibration of physical, dimensional, electronic, and electrical standards to ensure measurements made on Navy systems during all phases of the acquisition lifecycle are accurate and traceable to National Standards. This helps to reduce or eliminate the safety and cost impacts of wrong test decisions and meet the Navy’s needs.

SWRCC ranked as No. 1 of 35 shore-based calibration activities and No. 2 overall of 56 calibration activities. SWRCC Lab Manager, Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Thomas Smith, ranked No. 7 overall of 56 Metrology & Calibration (METCAL) Program Managers. Both rankings were fleet-wide.

“The dedication of the Sailors and Civilians we have working here in the calibration lab is unmatched,” said Smith. “They continue to impress me every day with their ability to manage such a diverse workload, providing support to NAVSEA and NAVAIR commands in the southwest region. This recognition is well deserved and a testament to their tireless work ethic.”

SWRCC’s ability to provide calibration and repair services for all fleet units is vital to SWRMC’s primary mission of providing on-time and reliable calibrated assets to the fleet. In the last year, SWRCC provided calibration services for over 2,700 customer assets in support of upcoming deployments while balancing the various requirements of both communities.

“Our readiness and overdue accomplishments are a combined result of utilizing the Kata process to increase standard calibration priority, anticipating the timeline methods of sending our assets to depot level calibration, and maintaining constant communication with NAVAIR type commander,” said SWRCC Lab Standards Manager, Aviation Electronics Technician Second Class Christopher Southern.

As Standards Manager, Southern, who was awarded Standards Manager of the Year for fiscal year 2020, played an integral role in this achievement. His duties require him to track and maintain the readiness of all 1,162 lab standards for SWRCC.

SWRMC is meeting its mission to provide superior ship maintenance, modernization, technical support, and training for the Pacific Fleet.

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