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Ship's store take first step toward integrated logistics system.

By NEXCOM Public Affairs USS Mason (DDG 87) ships store received its first order using a new supply logistic distant support system, Retail Operations Management-Enterprise Support (ROM-ES). The delivery represented proof that commercial retail enterprise software can be successfully integrated into the supply logistics system to support the ship under a distance support concept.

Two days earlier, a joint Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) and Navy Supply Information Systems Activity (NAVSISA) team installed the ROM-ES prototype on Mason. ROM ES is designed to optimize afloat supply workload, replacing the existing retail-operating software with a mature Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) system that more accurately reflects modern retail processes and thinking.

This initiative is aligned to Naval Supply System Command's global logistics' support strategy as well as CNO's vision of distance support. It will allow for a reduction in formal training requirements while standardizing consistent operations, increasing accuracy of records and ensuring more efficient processes, thus providing a higher quality of life for Sailors.

Under ROM-ES, ships will retain responsibility to receive, stow, inventory, expend, and render an accurate accounting of ship's store material while in the custody of the ship. Financial and procurement functions will reside ashore in a single site.

"This is great for Mason," said SH1 (SW) James Ruckman, the Ships Store's Leading Petty Officer. "I will have more time to devote to managing the operation and working with my junior Sailors and less time worrying about paperwork."

Additional prototype installs will be conducted in USS Wasp (LHD 1) in August and USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) in September. The systems performance will be evaluated in early 2011 by U.S. Fleet Forces Command for approval to implement fleet-wide.

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