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CHIPS Articles: NAVAIR team members receive recognition for improved affordability work

NAVAIR team members receive recognition for improved affordability work
By NAWCAD Lakehurst Public Affairs - July 24, 2014
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — Capt. James Donnelly, program manager for the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA-251), presented the prestigious Affordability Championship Award (ACA) and Letters of Appreciation to several NAVAIR members of the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) Thermal Management Fluid Working Group on July 23 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Lakehurst, N.J.

“Every once and a while the next thing is something really big. The fluid in the water twister was one of those big things,” said Donnelly during the presentation. He commended the team members on their collaborative efforts.

The AAG Thermal Management Fluid Working Group was stood up as a cross-organizational team consisting of representatives from the Research and Engineering Office (AIR 4.0), PMA-251, the Future Aircraft Program Carrier Office (PMS-378) and the Naval Systems Engineering Directorate (SEA 05) to identify an acceptable fluid substitute that met the thermal management requirements of the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) AAG water twister.

The group identified NALCOOL 2000 as a solution due to its unique physical and chemical properties. As a result of the team’s efforts, the program was able to avoid costly shipboard impacts in excess of $1M.

NAVAIR team members Sean Brennan, Sara Federico, Joseph Kirk and Scott Stapleton received Letters of Appreciation written by Capt. Chris Meyer, CVN 78 program manager, during Wednesday’s award presentation.

Following the presentation of the letters, Kevin Larkins, an Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment systems engineer and the lead engineer for the AAG Water Twister Integrated Product Team, was presented with the ACA, an award established in 2012 by Rear Adm. T.J. Moore, Program Executive Officer, Aircraft Carriers, to recognize significant contributions to improving affordability for the Program Executive Office Carrier product lines.

“I am proud that I had the privilege to facilitate coordination amongst our team members to listen to alternatives and ultimately find a solution that met all needs,” said Larkins.

For more information, contact NAWCAD Lakehurst Public Affairs at (732) 323-2811.

Capt. James Donnelly, second from right, and Kathleen Donnelly, right, present several members of the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) Thermal Management Fluid Working Group with Letters of Appreciation for their work in identifying an acceptable fluid substitute for the USS Gerald. R. Ford (CVN 78) AAG water twister. From left to right, Sean Brennan, Joseph Kirk, Sara Federico and Scott Stapleton all received Letters of Appreciation. Kevin Larkins, third from right, received the Affordability Championship Award on July 23, 2014 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Photo courtesy of NAVAIR.
Capt. James Donnelly, second from right, and Kathleen Donnelly, right, present several members of the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) Thermal Management Fluid Working Group with Letters of Appreciation for their work in identifying an acceptable fluid substitute for the USS Gerald. R. Ford (CVN 78) AAG water twister. From left to right, Sean Brennan, Joseph Kirk, Sara Federico and Scott Stapleton all received Letters of Appreciation. Kevin Larkins, third from right, received the Affordability Championship Award on July 23, 2014 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Photo courtesy of NAVAIR.

Kevin Larkins, center, the lead engineer for the AAG Water Twister Integrated Product Team, receives the Affordability Championship Award from Capt. James Donnelly, program manager for the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA-251), and Kathleen Donnelly, director for the Support Equipment and Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Department, on July 23 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Photo courtesy of NAVAIR.
Kevin Larkins, center, the lead engineer for the AAG Water Twister Integrated Product Team, receives the Affordability Championship Award from Capt. James Donnelly, program manager for the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA-251), and Kathleen Donnelly, director for the Support Equipment and Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Department, on July 23 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Photo courtesy of NAVAIR.
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