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Petty Officer 3rd Class Jesse Adams, a Seabee, inspects equipment that will be added to his battalion’s new maintenance management system.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jesse Adams, a Seabee, inspects equipment that will be added to his battalion’s new maintenance management system. (Mark Rankin / S&S)

CAMP SHIELDS, Okinawa — Seabees deployed here are implementing a Navy safety maintenance program that will help inventory, maintenance, data collection and equipment tracking.

During their Okinawa deployment, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Five Seabees, based in Port Huehneme, Calif., are integrating their entire equipment inventory into the Navy’s Maintenance, Material Management System (3M) by the end of 2004.

“This is a significant systems improvement,” said Chief Petty Officer Joseph Salonga, battalion 3M coordinator. “Seabees not only at Camp Shields, but around the fleet, will benefit from this system.”

The Navy uses 3M to keep accurate maintenance actions, equipment updates, feedback reports, local stock inventory updates, configuration management and precise dollar amounts of the equipment.

It’s the nucleus for managing maintenance aboard all ships and applicable shore station equipment, Salonga said. It provides maintenance and material managers throughout the Navy with means to plan, acquire, organize, direct, control and evaluate manpower and material resources.

“Our training has went well. So far we’ve integrated our civil engineer support equipment, Bravo CEI, communications gear, chemical, biological and readiness equipment, weapons departments and then we’ll add the entire battalion at a later date when we get the software to compile data,” he said.

According to Salonga, the new system features improved communications.

“We’ve got a direct line of supply to the Chief of Naval operations office," he said. “So when it’s time to justify why we require new equipment, we’ll have the equipment’s maintenance record and data.”

Petty Officer 2nd Class David Clark said, “We’ll use the system to maintain our electrical tools such as saws that are bolted to the floor. It’s kind of like having a pre-start plan for your car where you know all the maintenance actions. I’m happy for the change.”

All Seabee battalions, whether at homeport or deployed, are scheduled to have the 3M system fully integrated by 2006.

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