Norfolk Naval Yard NCAA Honors Captain Kurzenhauser

The Norfolk Naval Shipyard chapter of the Naval Civilian Administrators' Association awarded its NCAA Productivity Award to Capt. A. Kurzenhauser recently in recognition of his leadership in helping this shipyard lead all Navy yards in productivity achievements.

"Norfolk Naval Shipyard (in Portsmouth, Va.) leads the seven other Naval shipyards in one productivity measurement after another, and it is apparent to the NCAA that Captain Kurzenhauser deserves singular credit for this," said Andy James, president of the local chapter, in presenting the award.

Citing the fact that NNSY had completed more ships, 22, last year than any other yard, with Long Beach second at 16, Mr. James noted that we also were far out in front in total early days on ship completions. Norfolk Naval Shipyard had 136 in 1979 as compared to 62 for the next closest yard and 52 for the third-place command.

"Captain Kurzenhauser has achieved this kind of productivity by inviting all of us to share our talents in the shipyard's work places. He has shown that he values our ideas by encouraging us to be creative workers devising better and more efficient ways of doing things, and by urging us to solve work place problems. YVe salute him for his special contributions to the productivity of this shipyard, and we wish him smooth seas and following winds in his retirement," Mr.

James said.

"Those shipyarders here who have believed with me that the old ways can be changed share this award with me. Their encouragement and initiative have made the difference in making this shipyard better each year.

And the day that shipyarders here stop questioning whether and how we can do better is the day we will begin falling behind," the shipyard commander said.

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