Nine Kodiak Coast Guardsmen earn master’s degrees from NGS

Kodiak’s 2011 NGS MSQM Graduates: Back row, left to right - Graduates Bill Sportsman, Amanda Breeden, Phil Whitmore, Amanda Henderson, Audie Andry, & Prof Lane Johnson; Front row - Prof Kevin Jones, & Graduates Jamie Reed, Steve McKechnie, Dave Woodell, & Joe Deer

April 15, 2011, nine Kodiak-based Coast Guardsmen and cohorts of National Graduate School (NGS) graduated with Master of Science degrees in quality management. This marked the second year in a row students achieved such honors through the NGS in Kodiak. Kodiak NGS students developed three compelling Masters Business Projects over the past year that aim to have long term, sizeable, regional and organizational return on investment.

‘Team GV’ (Woodell, Breeden, Henderson) reduced the number government vehicles managed by Base Kodiak by roughly 20 percent from a fleet of nearly 50 and employed a GSA motor pool on-line reservation service at no-cost to make more efficient use of certain common access vehicles remaining, getting the Base within budget, and saving over $80,ooo annually. Senior Champion, Capt. Karl Moore, commanding officer of Base Kodiak, and Guiding Coalition, Cmdr. Tony Stobbe and Chief Affinito.

The ‘Paper Bandits’ project team (Reed, Whitmore, Sportsman) showed concretely the cost and benefits for the Coast Guard in eliminating the redundancies of the aviator log book by incorporating this entire process of documentation and command acknowledgement through ALMIS, where a majority of flight log information is already captured. Forecasted savings for the Coast Guard are estimated at over $460,ooo annually. Senior Champion, Capt. Mike Emerson, chief of aviation forces for the Coast Guard. Guiding Coalition: Capt. Werner Winz, commander of the Aviation Logistics Center, Cmdr. Rob Taylor, ALMIS program manager, and Capt. Bill Deal, commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak.

‘Team Hertz’ (Andry, McKechnie, Deer) studies identified there to be a less than a five percent success rate for persons in water (PIW) searches without the use of electronic homing devices. Their aim was then to show implicitly that up and coming personal locator beacon technology (both in the 406 MHz and AIS) are as dependable and promising as postulated, and if carried into the personal beacon market and boating public, would serve to dramatically increase effectiveness of Coast Guard searches for PIW, while serving to greatly remove the “Search” from Search and Rescue, creating annual estimated savings in their test region (Air Station Savannah) at ~$400,000. Senior Champion, Rear Adm. Christopher Colvin, commander District Seventeen. Guiding Coalition: Capt. Bill Deal, commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Capt. Robert Phillips, District Seventeen resource manager, and Chief Warrant Officer (retired) Greg Johnson of Sector Charleston. Project Supervisors for all projects: Cmdr. Kevin Jones, ATG Pacific out of San Diego, and Cmdr. Lane Johnson, the commanding officer of Electronic Systems Support Unit Juneau.