Peleliu shows “No slack on the 3M attack” during 3M Mid-Cycle Assessment 
By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John W. Shepherd II 
USS PELELIU, At sea – The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) completed the material maintenance management mid-cycle assessment (3MMCA) with a passing grade of 95.10 percent.

Inspectors from Afloat Training Group (ATG) San Diego came aboard and conducted spot checks from divisions throughout the ship to ensure proper procedures are followed from the administrative portions, safety, tools, maintenance and the proper disposal of hazardous materials.

“I entrusted everyone that was put into a position to execute the task of preparing for 3MMCA from the deckplates up to the Master Chief that was assigned to lead the entire organization,” said Cmdr. Jay M. Steingold, Peleliu’s executive officer and 3M manager.

3M is a system for managing all shipboard maintenance, preventative and corrective actions. During an assessment, the ship is evaluated on how well it uses the program to plan and track maintenance, as well as how maintenance personnel conduct checks.

“I was impressed with the level of knowledge across the board throughout the ship,” said Damage Controlman 1st Class Jose Varela, an ATG inspector. “There was a lot effort put in from the top to the bottom.”
According to Electronics Technician 1st Class Jason Workizer, who is assigned to the ship’s 3M division, the point of 3M is to extend the life of the equipment and maintain a constant state of readiness, from a material condition stand point.

“3M is the backbone of combat readiness. We can practice all of our pre-planning responses and run through drills all day long, but if the gear isn’t maintained, we can not complete our mission,” said Workizer.

“3M is important on board the Peleliu because it increases the overall integrity of the ship, prolongs the life and saves money when done properly,” said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Jimmy Ballard. “It is a tough program to run because it requires all hands participation and involvement at all levels of the chain of command.”

Peleliu’s motto is “NO SLACK ON THE 3M ATTACK.” The Sailors certainly demonstrated their ability to properly perform maintenance with no slack and earned them a high passing score.

“You always want to maintain and sustain on the high plateau versus having ebbs and

flows especially in something like 3M,” Steingold said. “It’s what makes the ship go. My

goal will be to sustain it and do as good or better next go around without any sort of dip.

It shouldn’t matter when the inspection takes place, whether it’s today, tomorrow or

whenever, we always want to be at this level.”
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