CFAS Completes Final Evaluation Program

CFAS Completes Final Evaluation Program

by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Geoffrey P. Barham
CFAS Public Affairs

Hot, humid and black flag summer days cannot keep Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS) from completing its mission.

CFAS Sasebo successfully completed its Final Evaluation Program (FEP) Aug. 10 with a final score of 89.5.

FEP is the final assessment following Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART), which is held the year prior. It is a triennial inspection that evaluates a command’s force protection and integrated training capabilities over the course of a week.

“CFAS stepped up to the task and handled the evaluation well,” said Capt. Brad Stallings, CFAS’s commanding officer. “The training in the months prior to FEP culminated in exemplary work across the base and through the evaluations.”

Aug. 7 marked the beginning of the drill with an administration day. During that period, the standard operating procedures are audited for review before the next two days of drills and exercises. Following the audit, CFAS made an unplanned adjustment to their schedule and pushed the drill a day back into later in the week.

“Life changes and the mission changes and we have to be able to adapt to those changes to overcome and execute the mission,” said Master-at-Arms Chief Ronald Norris, chief of the Anti-Terrorism Physical Security Division of CFAS Security. “We overcame and executed as close to flawlessly as you can.”

Along with schedule shifts, the heat posed a problem throughout the exercise as well.

“The heat was biggest challenge for not only the role players but for the training teams as well,” said Fire Controlman Chief Christopher Thalman, the CFAS installation training team coordinator. “Having a well-rounded qualified and trained team prevented any mishaps from happening.

The drills are complex and span multiple departments throughout the base to include Port Operations, Administration, United States Naval Hospital Yokosuka Branch Health Clinic Sasebo and Navy Region Japan Fire and Emergency Services Sasebo.

FEP allowed an opportunity for CFAS and its tenant commands to demonstrate its proficiency in force protection conditions including a bomb threat, improvised explosives and attack by land and sea, said Thalman.

At the week’s conclusion, it was announced that CFAS earned one of the highest scores awarded by CNIC to date, according to Norris.

“CFAS Sailors are among the finest in the Navy,” said Stallings. “It takes a full team to accomplish what we do and their professionalism and dedication persists continuously through all their work."

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