The U.S. Navy Department has named the Naval Sea Systems Command's E. Dail Thomas II its corrosion control and prevention executive. Thomas will serve as the principle point of contact with the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Director of Corrosion Policy and Oversight, as well as program executive officers and relevant major subordinate commands in tackling Navy and Marine Corps corrosion control and prevention program activities.
Now, before you roll your eyes at the wonderfully long title or above explanation, know this: roughly 20 percent of the Navy's ships maintenance budget is spent on corrosion control.
And, according to an April 2007 report from congressional auditors, the Defense Department has long had problems that hinder progress in implementing its corrosion prevention and mitigation strategy. While it created the Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, it lacked the ability to oversee and coordinate its efforts throughout the military as envisioned by Congress, the Government Accountability Office said.
Thomas said his appointment is a testament to trying to reverse that impression, in part. "This is an opportunity to demonstrate that we understand the corrosion challenges and maintain investment strategies that support operational readiness," he asserts.
The U.S. Navy Corrosion Conference will be held June 8 – 12, 2009 at the Norfolk Marriott Waterside hotel (Norfolk, VA). Click here for details.