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Featuring the 2019 Series – 60 Years of Ballistic Missile Submarine Warfare
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(July 2011 – December 2019)
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This year (2019) is the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Operational Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine warfare program. Even though the Regulus Missile program was already in force, the ability to launch a missile from under the water (in fact sixteen missiles) while remaining undetected was a goal that changed the nuclear triad. Up to 1959, the submarines needed to be on the surface and the capacity for firing multiple missiles was limited by technology and physics. The Commissioning and operational phase of Polaris changed al of that. These stories are an important part of American and world history. The goal is to complete the series by December 30 to coincide with the commissioning date for the USS George Washington (SSBN 598). (Completed the boat articles October 18th)
I hope you have a chance to read some of the stories about life on and around submarines posted here. The web site is searchable and with over 730 stories, our subjects range from early submarine development all the way to present day. There are some “Lean and Six SIgma stories but the majority of the most read stories focus on submarines.
There are two featured stories that are currently being shared which represent the true spirit of the American Submarine Force. The first was written in 2014 and is called “The Submariner’s Lament” (When you remember).
The Second is a poem I wrote in dedication to the men who were lost on the
USS Thresher and USS Scorpion
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About: Who is the leansubmariner?
(Who I Was)
Retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer (Submarine Engineering Technician) previously Machinist Mate Chief Petty Officer with over twenty years of service. Served on board five nuclear submarines (USS George Washington SSBN598, USS Halibut SSN 587, USS San Francisco SSN711, USS Ohio SSBN726 and USS Indianapolis) and two submarine support vessels (USS Los Alamos AFDB7 and USS Hunley AS31)
Master Training Specialist ~ Analyze ~Design ~Develop ~Deliver ~Evaluator
Toastmaster ~ Writer ~ Consultant ~ Story Teller ~ Award Winning Speaker
Six Sigma Specialist ~ Change Management Agent
Project Manager ~ Lifelong Learner
Lean experience working as a consultant and trainer for the following companies and organizations including:
General Physics, MSX, Ford Motor Company, Visteon, Atlantic Automotive, Raytheon, AM General, Shape Corporation, Multiple Tier One and Tier Two companies including suppliers to Toyota, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, General Motors, ALCOA, Mack Trucks, Volvo, Dyno Nobel, Watts Water Technologies (Dormont), CENVEO, DNP Dai Nippon Printing, Pace Industries, PSI Group, Westmoreland County Community College Professional Development )
United States, Canada, Sweden, France, Belgium
Contract Trainer for Westmoreland County Community College Business and Industry Center
Multiple Tier One and Tier Two companies including suppliers to Toyota, Mitsubishi, Chrysler
Automotive, Truck Manufacturing, Remanufacturing, Aluminum, Steel, Plastic, Chemicals, Printing, Specialty Products
Lean Implementation ~ Lean Integration ~ Lean Innovation
Plant Level ~ Business Area Level ~ Business Unit Level ~ Corporate Level
(Who I Am Now)
Leadership Trainer, Consultant , Writer and Speaker
(Available for Consulting, Training, Speaking, Story Telling and Master of Ceremony duties)
Contact directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Who I Think I Should Be)
Military Historian ~ Submarine History ~ World War 1 ~ World War 2 ~ Cold War ~Naval History
Scottish, Irish and English History, Stories and Customs
(Organizations that allow me to be a member assuming I pay my membership fees)
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) ~ USSVI Submarine Veterans ~
Navy League ~ American Legion – VFW – US Naval Institute
Life Member Naval Submarine League
Military Writers Society of America
2017-2019 President of the Pittsburgh Council
of the United States Navy League
Board Member General Greene Chapter MOAA
What the Lean in theleansubmariner is about… (congratulations if you have made it this far)
Lean Manufacturing has spread from the factory floor to every segment of the working community. More and more people are discovering that teamwork, standardization, built-in quality, just in time, and continuous improvement are critical in driving waste out of their systems and giving them a critical advantage in the ever competitive market place.
This Blog will show some ways to adapt the principles and tools. The experience of life aboard submarines prepared me for an eventual role in lean manufacturing with many of the worlds best known names. Now I would like to return the service to those who are on their own lean journeys. I hope the illustrations and stories are useful to you.
I am eternally grateful to all those who have sailed beneath the ocean blue and those who are “On Watch” even as you read this.