Higher Education is Force Multiplier, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Personnel Earn Advanced Degrees

Navy Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka personnel were recognized for their academic achievements during a ceremony presented by the Yokosuka Education Advisory Council honoring university graduates held at the Yokosuka Chapel of Hope Jan. 31.

“Special congratulations go out to LS2 Alexander Carandang, Mr. Harold Smyth, ITCS Pamela Joseph, LSCS Roberto Caibigan and Mrs. Katherine Satrasook, who have all worked so diligently to earn their Masters in Business Administration (MBA),” said Cmdr. Jose Sanchez, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Executive Officer. “The effort these individuals have put out in order to advance their education not only benefits them individually but also makes this command that much stronger by having them aboard.”

(From Left to Right) LSCS Roberto Caibigan, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka’s Industrial Support Department Leading Chief Petty Officer; ITCS Pamela Joseph, IT Director for NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka’s Support Services Department; Harold Smyth, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Security Director; Katherine Satrasook, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Regional Services employee; and LS2 Alexander Carandang, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Logistics Support Represenative, all earned their Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and where recognized at a ceremony sponsored by the Yokosuka Education Advisory Council.

(From Left to Right) LSCS Roberto Caibigan, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka’s Industrial Support Department Leading Chief Petty Officer; ITCS Pamela Joseph, IT Director for NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka’s Support Services Department; Harold Smyth, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Security Director; Katherine Satrasook, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Regional Services employee; and LS2 Alexander Carandang, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Logistics Support Represenative, all earned their Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and where recognized at a ceremony sponsored by the Yokosuka Education Advisory Council.

Education is a lifelong process, which enables everyone to become better thinkers, explained Rear Adm. Dan Cloyd, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, and the keynote speaker during the graduation event.

Formal education at the postgraduate level was not part of the plan for one graduate, but plans do change.

Soon after retiring from the military, I did not plan to attend school full time, but did, and I have a deeper sense of critical thinking and accomplishment following my 18-month accelerated program,” said Harold Smyth, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Security Director.  “I am the first in my family to complete a traditional MBA program, and I feel both relief and pride in accomplishing what I had never intended to accomplish.”

Another graduate recognized how important the help of others was in achieving her success.

“Having a good support network was essential in achieving this goal,” said ITCS Pamela Joseph, IT Director for NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka’s Support Services Department, adding that the command and personnel at NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka have been completely supportive of any time management issues that would arise during her course of study.

ITCS Joseph was not the only NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka graduate that felt uplifted by the command’s support of educational goals.

“The command has a culture of encouraging its personnel to pursue education,” said LSCS Roberto Caibigan, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka’s Industrial Support Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, adding that education is one thing that no one can take away.  “For all the graduates, the ceremony publicly marked a great achievement in their lives, which came through a lot of hard work, late nights and other sacrifices, including time spent away from family to ensure that final paper was perfect,” he added.

“It makes me feel better as a person,” LSCS Caibigan said.  “It means a lot not only to me, but also to my family.”

 

Story and Photos by Sky Laron

NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Director of Corporate Communications