Reagan Sailors “Make it a Double”

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Ku

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 24, 2017) – Sailors from the graphics media and medical departments aboard the aircraft USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) teamed up in “Operation Doubleshot” Sept. 20-28.

170920-N-OY799-011 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 20, 2017) Hospital Corpsmen administer flu vaccines in the visual information multimedia center aboard the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate)

Operation Doubleshot, a pun playing off vaccinations and photography, is an eight-day efficiency exercise between the two departments. The goal is to get 4,669 shipboard Sailors up-to-date with vaccinations and photographs for the ship’s annual cruisebook.

“We’re all so busy in our day-to-day jobs that we have to look for ways of achieving increased efficiency,” said Capt. Charles Wilson, the ship’s senior medical officer. In vaccinating the crew from influenza, Japanese encephalitis, performing the annual Preventative Health Assessment and taking cruisebook portraits concurrently, Wilson estimates that the team is saving the strike group “at least 30 minutes per person. Multiply that by the amount of people in the strike group, and we’re probably saving about 2,500 man-hours.”

Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan Delcore, Ronald Reagan’s graphics media department leading chief petty officer, said most Sailors don’t place shots and cruise book photos at the top of their priority list, but “knocking both out at the same time makes the trip much more worthwhile.”

“This year’s process has been running very smooth, and I look forward to doing it again next year if everything lines up,” said Delcore, a Greenville, Texas native. “It’s amazing what we can do when two departments get together and use a little foresight to get multiple things done at once.”

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