U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) continues “Division in the Spotlight” (DITS) in a strong push for operational readiness.
DITS is a week long inspection covering a wide scope of divisional operations including, but not limited to, uniform inspections, administration, qualifications, and space preservation.
“A well organized and well managed division is integral to the overall success of Peleliu,” said Capt. John Deehr, commanding officer. “Positive, consistent work ethic and appropriate reinforcement will ensure the highest standards of excellence are maintained on board.”
Each of the 50 separate divisions aboard Peleliu will go through DITS over a course of 30 weeks. Recently, two divisions of the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) completed their inspections.
“In preparation for DITS, you can find discrepancies that you may have missed,” said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class Ryan Manglicmot from San Jose, Calif., from AIMD’s Ground Support Equipment division. “Maybe some people are missing training or qualifications; we could get [those discrepancies] fixed prior to inspection.”
DITS is not just used to find areas of potential neglect, but to highlight positive actions and inspire divisional leadership as well.
“It improved the readiness of the division,” added Manglicmot. “Overall we did pretty well, and we learned a lot from the [commanding officer].”
Often considered only an inspection at the division level, DITS incorporates individual evaluations as well. This includes physical fitness, security, medical and training records, and administrative entries.
“Each program is being looked at by itself. That way each person gets their recognition,” said Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class John Newman from Boca Raton, Fla., leading petty officer of AIMD’s calibration laboratory. “Yeah, it takes some work to get ready for DITS and make sure it’s good, but once it is, it will be a smooth efficient engine. The people that are running that engine are going to feel great because, ‘Hey, the CO does notice me – hey, I do get looked at.’ And you realize you’ve been a part of the team all along.”
One of many tools the commanding officer uses is DITS to ensure mission accomplishment. With successful compliance, Peleliu has been able to continue a long-standing tradition of operational readiness.
Peleliu is the flagship for the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and along with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.