In October 2018 maintenance of submarines in Guam. The strategic location of the island would be at the center of this initiative; however, the leaders knew there would be obstacles to overcome due to his remoteness. In September 2019, a comprehensive 221-page study, published by Beth Kuanoni and her team, identified the manpower, training, facilities and equipment requirements needed to provide the capacity and capabilities of a PHNSY & IMF detachment. in Guam.
The PHNSY and IMF detachment from Guam was approved in December 2019 and the shipyard was authorized to implement Phase I of the Guam 2025 plan. The shipyard has assembled the Guam Implementation Team (GIT), also known as C100GIT, to execute the establishment of the activity ashore. Under the leadership of GIT Director Alex Desroches, the team identifies facility needs that include store workspaces, administrative and management spaces, equipment, information technology (IT), hardware spaces and warehousing. Along with the construction of the temporary facilities, military construction plans are in place for permanent secondment facilities with a target end date of 2028.
Personnel requirements are also being refined and when the detachment is fully established and operational in 2025, it will include more than 170 civilian and 400 military personnel permanently assigned to the land-based detachment in Guam. Civilian employees will provide management, guidance, training, mentoring and development of Sailors, who will be the main work force. The training program is crucial in the development of sailors to perform the necessary maintenance work. Since the secondment is an extension of the PHNSY and the IMF, the Guam business will have the capacity to assist when needed.
Meanwhile, leaders anticipate some challenges in implementing this new secondment. “The biggest challenge is the breadth of requirements needed to set up a shipyard detachment in a remote location,” said Alex Desroches, director of the Guam implementation team. “This includes everything from a request for organizational change and approval through the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV), to identifying and securing resource requirements in the memorandum of program objectives. (POM) and budget, developing strategies to recruit and fill billets in Guam and develop local processes for material, work execution and work certification.
“The Guam Detachment is unique and we cannot use the current models used in Fleet Maintenance at Pearl Harbor, Portsmouth Shipyard Detachment in Point Loma, or Puget Sound Shipyard Detachment in Yokosuka,” Desroches said. “The core workforce will consist of active-duty sailors who have been transferred from the ship annexes to the shipyard detachment, along with expeditionary maintenance support needs and additional issues associated with the remote location of the shipyard. Guam. We are building a new organization from the ground up that is cutting edge, supporting five “forward deployed” submarines with the highest OPTEMPO in the fleet. “
For more information on Detachment Guam and future hiring initiatives, stay tuned for the Guam Detachment PHNSY and MFI Roadshows which begin this fall. The first batch of job advertisements is slated for late 2021, and the first recruitment phase will begin in early 2022 for key management positions in Guam.
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