Rear Adm. (Ret.) Robert J. Bianchi CEO of the Navy Exchange Service Command awarded Carl Vinson for their contributions toward improving the quality of life for the ship's crew and exemplary performance.
S-3 division runs the ship's store and vending machines, as well as the ship's laundry and barber shop. In the past year, they reported more than $900,000 in ship's store and vending machine sales. These sales generated $135,000 in net proceeds funding the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation division. In addition, the S-3 division washed 33,000 pounds of laundry and gave 6,500 haircuts to Sailors working on board.
"Overall we exceeded the force goals in order to qualify for this award," said Chief Ship's Serviceman (SW/AW) Barbara Lynch, sales and retail leading chief petty officer. "Every ship retail sales division on the waterfront strives for this award. Winning this award puts us in the running for the best in class award, which is only presented to one command on either coast, and we won that award in 2011. Now we're shooting for it again in 2013."
This is the second consecutive time that Carl Vinson has won this award. A carrier must be within its inspection cycle to meet eligibility requirements for the award.
"It's a real privilege to recognize the S-3 team for all that they do in all of the areas of ship's service," Bianchi said. "The S-3 division makes a very personal difference in all the lives of each sailor with the services provided."
Bianchi presented the award to Carl Vinson's commanding officer Capt. Kent D. Whalen, and presented each member of the ship's S-3 division with a specialized command coin.
"This division worked really hard to get to where they are," said Lynch. "They put in extra hours, making sure all the checks are in all the right boxes as far as records go, making sure the sales and inventory are correct. The S-3 division worked overtime for a lot of these things, including working during days off to make sure that we won this award."