Washington, DC - Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) has taken the lead in managing a consolidated Explosive Safety Management Program (ESMP) throughout the shore enterprise, effective October 1.

The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) assigned CNIC to be the shore readiness provider for all explosives management to support program standardization, consolidate resource requirements, and improve advocacy for shore explosives safety.

"The CNIC Explosives Safety Program serves to protect personnel and property and ensures mission readiness by providing region and installation commanders with the resources, guidance and assistance needed to maintain an effective program." said Tim Alexander, director of CNIC operations.

The ESMP emphasizes safe and efficient operating procedures while providing the maximum possible protection to personnel and property from the damaging effects of potential accidents involving ammunition and explosives. The program also increases safety measures within an operation by reducing the exposure to a minimum number of persons, minimum amount of time, and minimum amount of ammunition and explosives.

"This is the first time that the management of shore explosives safety has been aligned under one command," said Mark Mentikov, CNIC Explosives Safety Program manager. "[Prior] to the stand up of CNIC, the fleets owned the installations' explosives safety mission. With this program realignment, the effort stands up one program."

The regions seeing the change are Navy Region Southwest, Navy Region Northwest, Navy Region Hawaii and Joint Region Marianas.

"Many organizations have worked hard over the past year to make this happen in such a short period of time," said Mentikov. "Our explosives safety team is very talented and everyone is excited to be under one program. We fully support our 11 regions and 71 installations with one team that will provide explosives safety program compliance."

Commander, Navy Installations Command, headquartered at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., is responsible for worldwide U.S. Navy shore installation management. With more than 53,000 military and civilian personnel worldwide across 11 regions, 71 installations, and 123 naval operations support centers, CNIC is responsible for the operations, maintenance and quality of life programs to support the Navy's fleet, fighter and family.