Supply Corps Ohana Junior Officer Mentorship and Apprenticeship

Lt.j.g. Robert Martinez debriefs the group on the brand he created from the “Brand-You” small group session.

Lt.j.g. Robert Martinez debriefs the group on the brand he created from the “Brand-You” small group session.

BY LT . DANIEL HATTING, LOGISTICS READINESS CENTER/CURRENT OPERATIONS ASSISTANT, N4C COMMANDER, U.S. PACIFIC FLEET

Plutarch once said, “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” In the spirit of the Greek historian, the Supply Corps Ohana in Hawaii ended the fiscal year kindling the minds of 18 Supply Corps officers in a mentorship and apprenticeship event.

Lt. Brendan McCreary, SC, USN, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor operational logistics planning intern, debriefs the group on the brand he created from the “Brand-You” small group session.

Lt. Brendan McCreary, SC, USN, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor operational logistics planning intern, debriefs the group on the brand he created from the “Brand-You” small group session.

On Sept. 23, Chief of Staff Capt. Rich Kondo, U.S. Pacific Fleet Logistics Readiness Center (Harvard School of Business), and Deputy Planning Officer for Logistics, Fleet Supply and Ordnance Cmdr. Chuck Dwy, U.S. Pacific Fleet (Tuck School of Business), led a mentoring session on the advantages of earning a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). Capt. Kondo, who earned his MBA in 1999, and Cdmr. Dwy, who earned his MBA in 2007, hosted Supply Corps officers from various Pacific Fleet Commands and provided inssight into applying for an MBA program.

Capt. Rich Kondo, USN, Harvard Business School ’99, briefs the group on opportunities and advantages of a top-tier MBA program.

Capt. Rich Kondo, USN, Harvard Business School ’99, briefs the group on opportunities and advantages of a top-tier MBA program.

In order to incorporate both mentorship and apprenticeship between senior and junior officers, Capt. Kondo and Cmdr. Dwy led a thorough exploration of each of their MBA experiences,  illustrating various advantages available to Supply Corps officers. To ensure attendees had a hands-on apprenticeship experience, the group broke into two teams and conducted a “Brand-You” practical exercise.

“It’s difficult to sell yourself to a potential MBA program if you don’t determine your own mission statement. What drives you? Who do you want the application board to know? All of this matters when applying to an MBA program,” said Cmdr Dwy.

Cmdr. Chuck Dwy, SC, USN, Tuck Business School (Dartmouth) ’07, briefs the group on the advantages of the Supply Corps 810 Program.

Cmdr. Chuck Dwy, SC, USN, Tuck Business School (Dartmouth) ’07, briefs the group on the advantages of the Supply Corps 810 Program.

Small groups examined two potential Supply Corps MBA applicants and analyzed each applicant’s personal attributes, what programs might match their goals, and how those pieces of information could be used to construct an application essay for a top business program. All participants left with a better sense of how they may be able to find the right MBA program that fit their needs, as well as draft a competitive application for the program.

Lt.j.g. Robert Martinez said, “Learning from two influential officers was eye-opening. I’ve often thought about applying for an MBA program but wasn’t quite sure how to find the right fit or how to create a competitive application. I have much more confidence approaching the process now.”

–Photos by Lt. Daniel Hatting

November/December 2016