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COMFRC Information Technology Director Receives Navy Award

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Posted on April 03, 2013

By COMFRC Public Affairs

Jack Mills, the Command Information Officer for Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, received the 2012 Navy Information Management/Information Technology Excellence Award. Mills led a project called OneNDMS that standardized the NAVAIR Depot Maintenance System (NDMS) at FRC East in Cherry Point, N.C., FRC Southeast in Jacksonville, Fla. and FRC Southwest in North Island, Calif., into a single comprehensive system and migrated three local FRC data centers to one data center.
Jack Mills, the Command Information Officer for Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, received the 2012 Navy Information Management/Information Technology Excellence Award. Mills led a project called OneNDMS that standardized the NAVAIR Depot Maintenance System (NDMS) at FRC East in Cherry Point, N.C., FRC Southeast in Jacksonville, Fla. and FRC Southwest in North Island, Calif., into a single comprehensive system and migrated three local FRC data centers to one data center.

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- An Information Technology officer at Patuxent River’s Fleet Readiness Centers has been recognized by the Navy for IT excellence.

Jack Mills, the Command Information Officer for Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, received the 2012 Navy Information Management/Information Technology Excellence Award for his leadership on a five-year project estimated to save the Navy more than $78 million over the next several years. Mills was presented his award April 1.

“This really should be a team award,” said Mills, crediting the cooperation and contributions of his IT colleagues at FRCs in Florida, California, North Carolina and here.

Mills led a project called OneNDMS that standardized the NAVAIR Depot Maintenance System (NDMS) at FRC East in Cherry Point, N.C., FRC Southeast in Jacksonville, Fla. and FRC Southwest in North Island, Calif. The system aligned the FRC’s workload planning and production systems into a single comprehensive system and migrated three local FRC data centers to a single data center managed by the Defense Information System Agency.

Prior to OneNDMS, each FRC had a uniquely configured NDMS considered cumbersome to manage and expensive to maintain, said Mills. This decentralized environment resulted in the adoption of non-standard processes and applications and imposed redundant hardware and operational support requirements.

“OneNDMS is a paradigm shift for how we deliver information technology to our 10,000 users, a change that our end users may never know occurred,” said Mills. “Today, not only are the planning and production systems used across the three FRCs the same, but they are more secure, capable, and affordable to maintain. We estimate that OneNDMS will save the Navy as much as $78.6 million (through Fiscal Year 2015).”

“In the years to come, I think our enduring benefit from this effort is that we have created teams that work together for the enterprise,” said Mills.

“I’d like to congratulate Jack for his vision in leading and managing OneNDMS,” said Rear Adm. CJ Jaynes, COMFRC commander and NAVAIR assistant commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations.

“He and his team have created a system that allows COMFRC to provide better management of the FRCs, and the FRCs can react to customer needs more efficiently and effectively than before,” Jaynes said.

COMFRC delivers assured and affordable aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul products and services to the Navy, Marine Corps and joint forces.

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