Navy Supply Corps School Newport Certifies 63 students ‘Ready for Sea’

BY LT. JASON POTVIN, SC, USN, NAVY SUPPLY CORPS SCHOOL

Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) former Commanding Officer, Capt. Kristen B. Fabry graduated and certified 63 students of 2nd Battalion Bravo and Charlie Companies and Basic Qualification Course Naval Reserve (BCQ-NR) 88th Company “Ready for Sea” at a ceremony held at Wheeler Center, Newport, Rhode Island, on July 1, 2016.

Director Fleet Ordnance and Supply Fleet Supply Officer, N41, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Rear Adm. Pete Stamatopoulos was in attendance as the guest speaker. During his 28 years of experience, Rear Adm. Stamatopoulos has served in several operational and shore assignments. Some of his notable tours are USS Chicago (SSN 721); USS Constellation (CV 64); U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (CTF 53); Expeditionary Strike Group Three and CTF 59; assistant chief of staff, Logistics and Ordnance, Commander Naval Surface Forces Pacific; commanding officer, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center, San Diego; executive assistant to commander, NAVSUP, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; and supply officer, Fighter Wing U.S. Pacific Fleet and Fighter Squadron (VF) 124, San Diego.

BQC is an in-depth 22-week curriculum encompassing the major areas of an afloat supply department to include food service, supply management, retail operations, disbursing management, Navy Cash®, personnel administration and leadership. The BQC prepares Supply officers for their first operational tour by providing students with the personal and professional foundations for success. BQC-NR is a 15-month, comprehensive course of instruction, which provides Reserve direct commissioning program officers and Supply Corps limited duty and chief warrant officers with the fundamental, technical and managerial knowledge necessary to function effectively as Supply Corps officers within the Navy Reserve.

This diverse group of students included 13 prior enlisted Sailors, graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy, and redesignated officers from aviation, submarine, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. NSCS expects 2nd Battalion and 88th Company graduates will offer their future commanding officers increased flexibility and enhance Supply Corps officers’ reputation for being naval officers first, and accountable officers always, by bringing their 107 years of experience back to the Fleet.

Students of 2nd Battalion Bravo, Charlie and 87th Company successfully balanced superior academic performance with community service in and around Newport during their time at NSCS. Logging a combined 772 off-duty volunteer hours, they supported many local organizations. Academically, Second Battalion and 88th Company held a class average of 95.9 percent and 92.6 percent, respectively.

The top graduates who achieved the highest grade in each curriculum were recognized by leadership with professionalism awards. Ens. Christopher Abel, who will be reporting to USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), is the BQC 2nd Battalion Honor Graduate with an overall GPA of 99.47 percent. Lt.j.g. Alan Tio, who will be reporting to Defense Finance and Accounting Service CO 209, is the BQC-NR 88th Company Honor Graduate with an overall GPA of 95.93 percent. Ens. Christopher Abel was awarded an Officer’s Sword by National Industries for the Blind Director of Business Development Mr. Jon Katz for his superb academic performance. Lt.j.g. Alan Tio was also awarded a plaque from Rear Adm. Stamatopoulos for his superb academic performance.

Awards

2nd Battalion 16-020 • 88th Company 16-070

2nd Battalion 16-020 • 88th Company 16-070

88th company

2nd Battalion 16-020 Bravo Company

2nd Battalion 16-020 Bravo Company

Bravo company

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2nd Battalion 16-020 Charlie Company

2nd Battalion 16-020 Charlie Company

Charlie company

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September/October 2016