By Kayla Good
Navy Office of Community Outreach
A 2006 Depew High School graduate and Buffalo native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a team supporting one of the country's most versatile combat ships.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jesse Schneggenburger is a logistics specialist and a member of the logistics support team, which supports both variants of littoral combat ships based in San Diego.
A Navy logistics specialist is responsible for procurement, receipts and stowage of all parts for LCS ships.
"My job is rewarding," Schneggenburger said. "You get to help out all the ships and meet a lot of people."
The LCS platform has a unique manning concept called "3-2-1," where three crews serve aboard two different littoral combat ships, one of which is deployed. This innovative manning concept allows the LCS to spend more time forward-deployed without overtaxing the crew, according to Navy officials.
Designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft, littoral combat ships are a bold departure from traditional Navy shipbuilding programs. The LCS sustainment strategy was developed to take into account the unique design and manning of LCS and its associated mission modules.
"The best part of this command is the people," Schneggenburger said. "Everyone is super-friendly here."
According to Navy officials, the path to becoming an LCS sailor is a long one. Following an 18-month training pipeline, sailors have to qualify on a simulator that is nearly identical to the ship. This intense and realistic training pipeline allows sailors to execute their roles and responsibilities immediately upon stepping onboard.
"Sailors that work aboard this platform are expected to be capable of performing a variety of tasks to assist in the completion of the LCS mission," said Capt. Warren R Buller, commander, LCS Squadron One. "The training that is required of our sailors is rigorous and difficult. This ensures that they are mission-ready to defend and protect America at all times."
As a service member supporting the LCS mission, Schneggenburger explained they are building a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes. Sailors know how important it is for the Navy to develop new war-fighting capabilities to continue their success on the world's oceans.
"By serving in the Navy, I am able to build a future and provide for my family," Schneggenburger said.
Through innovative planning, the design of systems, and crew requirements, the LCS platform allows the fleet to increase forward presence and optimize its personnel, improving the ability of the Navy to be where it matters, when it matters.