Oct. 8-12, 2007 A weekly publication of Northrop Grumman Newport News WiNGs Off To A Soaring Success To take ownership of our future we will communicate clearly, openly and constructively. M ore than 400 Hampton Roads Newport News Chapter of WiNGs employees (Women in Northrop attended the kick-off Grumman). The event meeting Sept. 25 for the included remarks from Bill Ermatinger, vice president, Human Resources and Administration, about why organizations like WiNGs are critical for employee engagement Leni Kaufman shared her career experiences and how she and retention. A panel balances her work and family life. Photos by John Whalen discussion with topics vice president and CIO; Jerri Dickseski, director, ranging from career Becky Stewart, vice Communications. For challenges to work/life president, Submarine more information about Tonie Davis (X89) asks the balance to personal Program; Jennifer the organization, visit panelists a question during challenges was led by Boykin, vice president, the WiNGs website on the Sept. 25 WiNGs meeting. Northrop Grumman Process Excellence; and Yardnet . leaders Leni Kaufman, To take ownership of our future we will work as a team. Employees To Be Featured On Discovery Military Channel T Military Channel Debuts Documentary, “Mega Carrier: USS George H.W. Bush” he premiere of “Mega Carrier: USS George H.W. Bush” is at 8 p.m. Oct.16 on the Military Channel. Film crews have visited the shipyard since 2004, documenting the carrier’s construction and the men and women who are building it. Mike Bonelli (X18, left) is one of several employees featured in the Mega Carrier documentary. Other employees featured are: Garry Bunting (X36), Richard Connor (572), Paul Craven (X05), Ranger Crews (M53), Thomas Cross (X36), Curtis Eley (X36) Alton Harris (X18), Bob Hickman (X86), Dennis King (X36), Danny Maurizzio (X11), Joey Perry (M53), Dave Rushing (X36), Jeff Staples (M53), René Thomas (X05), Roger Trent (X70), Paul Willis (X05) and Oscar Woody (X18). Photo by John Whalen Great Company. Great Products. Great People. Great Results. Currents | Page 2 Datebook Tom Ward and Harold Paxton To Speak At Oct. 11 L.E.A.R.N Oct. 9: The Peninsula chapter of the Newport News’ L.E.A.R.N. program will host a International Association of presentation by Tom Ward, program manager, Virginia- Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Class Submarine Program, and Harold Paxton, will meet at 6 p.m. at Point Plaza construction manager, Gerald R. Ford-Class Program Suites at City Center in Newport from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Virginia Advanced News. RSVP to: Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center (VASCIC) Beverly.Ware@ngc.com. auditorium. This event is open to all employees. Sign up at: http://yardnet/projects/learn/index.stm. Oct. 16: Newport News’ “At The Helm” Toastmasters Club will meet at 4:20 p.m. in Bldg. 903, Room New Look to Apprentice School Athletic Web Site 214. Guests are welcome. Contact: The Apprentice School Athletic Department recently unveiled its newly re- Bruce Powell (E44) at 534-4953. designed athletic website, www.gobuilders.com. The new site is more fan friendly, has more pictures and will be maintained by Jim Heath (O22), Nov. 6: Newport News’ “At The sports information director. Helm” Toastmasters Club will meet at 4:20 p.m. in Bldg. 903, Room Risk Management Training Workshop Nov. 7 214. Guests are welcome. Contact: Bruce Powell (E44) at 534-4953. Newport News’ Systems Engineering Dept. (E47) will host a risk management training workshop and overview of the Sector’s Risk Nov. 13: The Peninsula chapter of Management Process from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 7 in room 219 of the Virginia the International Association of Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center (VASCIC). This is the Administrative Professionals (IAAP) last scheduled workshop for 2007. For more infomation, visit the E47 will meet at 6 p.m. at Point Plaza Yardnet site or contact Pauli SanGiovanni (E47) at: Suites at City Center in Newport Paulette.SanGiovanni@ngc.com. News. RSVP to: Beverly.Ware@ngc.com. Mike Petters To Speak At Oct. 17 ASNE Meeting Nov. 20: Newport News’ “At The The Tidewater chapter of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Helm” Toastmasters Club will meet will host a dinner meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17 at Springhill Suites in at 4:20 p.m. in Bldg. 903, Room Norfolk. Newport News President Mike Petters will be the guest speaker. 214. Guests are welcome. Contact: (There are dinner fees for members and guests.) RSVP to: Bruce Powell (E44) at 534-4953. marymorgan@RomulusLLC.com. Employee Information Phone Line: Surface Preparation & Treatment VS CoP To Meet Oct. 18 1-800-995-4318 Newport News’ Surface Preparation & Treatment Value Stream Community of Practice (CoP) will host its quarterly meeting from 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Yard Operations Conference Room (Bldg. 77/3). All employees within the Surface Preparation & Treatment Value Stream are invited to attend. For more infomation, contact Arcino Quiero (O06) at 0-7035 or Arcino.Quiero@ngc.com. N Currents is published every Monday for employees To take ownership of our future we will accelerate process improvements. Planning A Meeting? of Northrop Grumman Newport News. The deadline for submissions is noon Thursday for publication the following week. ow available on Yardnet Editor: Jim Roberts (O29), 8-4962 (http://yardnet/divisions/O29/conference_rooms.stm) is a list of Assistant editor: Lauren Green (O29), 0-3581 available conference rooms throughout the shipyard and a point of contact for each room. If you have available meeting space and would like to be included on this list, send an e-mail to Jessicah Frivance with the location and POC info for each room. Great Company. Great Products. Great People. Great Results. Currents | Page 3 Problem-Solvers To take ownership of our future we will accelerate process improvements. Engineering Team Serves As ‘Front Line’ On CVN 77 T here is a distinct hum of away with an answer to productivity that can be heard their problem.” Those aboard the aircraft carrier problems can range George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) as from simple to complex, Gary Pence (front row, second from right) poses with his employees ready the ship for crew from structural to E60 crew: (front row, left to right) Joey Almero, Jeff move-aboard. Gary Pence hears electrical to mechanical. Gowers, Will Lietzenmayer, Jessica Mann, Steve that hum from the trailer where he But all the problems Christie; (back row, left to right) Mike Russ, Rick works. But when the hum stops, he share one thing in Campbell, Jason James and Billy Thompson. Photo by knows it’s time for his crew to get to common: They can be Ricky Thompson work. solved. “We’re the front line for When an electrician went to install very important because we keep engineering on CVN 77,” says an electrical panel recently and work moving on the ship.” Pence, who supervises a crew of found a pipe in his way, that Pence is proud of his team and about eight engineers and designers, electrician came to see Gary and his feels much of the problem-solving a waterfront liaison team dedicated crew. “More than 90 percent of success stems from a great working to the task of problem solving. “When problems brought to us are solved relationship and communication trades run into a technical problem within 24 hours,” says Mike Russ, among its members. “We’ve come on the ship, they come straight to us. an engineering designer who together like a family. We respect It’s our job to figure out what went specializes in structural issues. He each other and work well together,” wrong and then find the best way to likens the team to trauma surgeons, he says. “We can discuss problems quickly solve the problem while because they “all work together to openly, and even though we each meeting the contract specs.” find the quickest and most affordable have our specialties, we’re all willing It’s a job that Pence says his team way to solve the problem.” to step out of our boxes and help does well -- very well. “Our team is “All we do is solve problems, and each other.” highly respected by our customers, problem-solving is fun,” adds Rick Russ agrees. “It’s because we’re the trades. They know when they Campbell, a senior designer who all here for one goal,” he says. “To walk in our door or we meet them on takes on piping- and machinery- sell a quality product to the Navy.” the deck plate, they’re going to walk related issues. “We see our jobs as N 5,000-Plus Attend ‘Best Ever’ Trades Day ewport News’ Trades, Education and Training Division hosted the 12th annual “Trades Day” tailgate party for more than 5,000 trades employees and guests on Oct. 6. “Overall, the enjoyment of a beautiful fall day in the company of family and friends made Trades Day 2007 the best ever,” says Everett Jordan (O61), who coordinates the annual event. The Apprentice School football team capped off the day by defeating Morrisville State 50-21. (Pictured left to right) Cindy Mann (O61) and Bennie Steele (O61) serve food to Horatio Eley (X11) and Brittany Eley. Photo by Chris Oxley Look for more Trades Day coverage on Yardnet and in the October edition of Yardlines.