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Navy Supply Corps School Distinguished Graduates from Left to Right: Ens. Andrew Anderson, Ens. Blaine Allgood, Ens. Christopher Battagello, Ens. Marson Matute, Ens. Derrick Miller, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Francisco Marigundon, and Ens. David Kelts.
Citing them as “remarkable” for their academic performance and community involvement, Navy Supply Corps School Commanding Officer, Capt. Mark Pimpo announced that Basic Qualification Course 4th Battalion Delta and Echo Companies are certified “Ready for Sea” during their graduation ceremony at the school this past November.
The Basic Qualification Course (BQC) is an in-depth curriculum encompassing the major areas of an afloat Supply Department, including Supply management, food service, retail operations, disbursing management, Navy Cash, personnel administration and leadership. With a vision of providing students the professional and personal foundations for success, the BQC prepares Supply Officers for their first operational tour.
Rear Adm. Vincent Griffith, Deputy Chief of Staff for Fleet Ordnance and Supply (N41) and Fleet Supply Officer, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, served as guest speaker for the ceremony, and offered six pieces of advice to ensure a successful career.
“He hit the nail on the head on how to have a successful career,” said Ens. Andrew Anderson of Echo Company. “Be a Naval Officer first, build strong professional relationships within the Supply Corps, be accountable, be professional in-person and on-line, be positive and work to ‘YES,’ and follow the CNO’s Sailing Directions.”
“Always strive to be the best you can be in everything you do,” Rear Adm. Griffith said near the end of his speech. “Never accept less from yourself or others working for you. Remember, outstanding service and support is the metric used to evaluate your success.”
After his comments, Rear Adm. Griffith and Capt. Pimpo presented the following awards to students who distinguished themselves amongst their peers academically and professionally …
* Ens. Christopher Battagello, Fourth Battalion Honor Graduate
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Honor Graduate Ens. Christopher Battagello receives Officers Sword from Ms. Claudia Knott, Chief Operations Officer of the National Industries for the Blind.
* CWO2 Francisco Marigundon, Navy Food Service Excellence Award
* Ens. Derrick Miller, Navy Exchange Service Command Ships Store Award
* Ens. Blaine Allgood, Supply Management Excellence Award
* Ens. Marson Matute, Defense Finance and Accounting Service Excellence Award
* Ens. Christopher Battagello, Leadership Management Excellence Award
* Ens. David Kelts, Navy League Volunteerism Award
* Ens. Andrew Anderson, Military Officers Association of America Professionalism Award
* CWO2 Francisco Marigundon, Navy Supply Corps Foundation Leadership Award
Fourth Battalion Honor Graduate and Leadership Management Excellence Awardee, Ens. Christopher Battagello, spoke for his class during graduation. “The Supply Corps community is unique in that it places a very high value on ensuring that we are successful after we leave here today,” he explained. “That commitment was clearly demonstrated by each member of the staff here at the Navy Supply Corps School, who took the time to mentor and train us from the moment we arrived.”
As the Honor Graduate, with an overall 98.01 percent average, Ens. Battagello was presented with an Officers Sword by Ms. Claudia Knott, Chief Operations Officer of the National Industries for the Blind. Ens. Battagello will serve aboard USS Dextrous (MCM 13).
The Newport County Council of the Navy League recognized Ens. David Kelts for his selfless service to the Newport Community. Patrick Burke presented the Navy League Volunteerism Award to Ens. Kelts for personally volunteering 45 hours during the BQC, and for organizing his classmates’ combined 620 volunteer hours.
Ens. Kelts also delivered a concert quality performance of the National Anthem on Violin for graduation. Asked about the most valuable aspect of NSCS, Ens. Kelts said, “The people. From my classmates, to the instructors and guest speakers, I really get a great sense of community with purpose. We’ve all made professional relationships and friendships that will last a lifetime. That is the greatest part.” Ens. Kelts will serve aboard USS America (LHA 6).
Representing the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), retired Capt. Robert Winneg awarded Ens. Andrew Anderson with the MOAA Professionalism Award. This award is presented to the student who best demonstrates the enduring values of selfless service, true patriotism, strong moral ethics, and a commitment to achieving outstanding accomplishments. Ens. Anderson has orders to MCM Crew Constant.
CWO2 Francisco Marigundon received recognition for his food service expertise and earning the highest grade in Food Service, with the Navy Food Service Excellence Award. However, his greatest honor was being selected by his peers for the Navy Supply Corps Foundation Leadership Award for demonstrating unmatched leadership and serving as a role model within the classroom and the community. He will now serve aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) as Food Service Officer.
Each company has the opportunity to select an instructor who is recognized by the students for providing the highest quality instruction, leadership, and mentorship. Delta Company honored CWO3 Stephen Wyrick, Food Service Instructor, as their Instructor of the Battalion. Retail Operations Instructor, SHCM (Ret.) Manuel Trevino, was selected by Echo Company. In response to his selection he said, “There are not very many jobs that give you the opportunity to impact an individual's life both personally and professionally, and doing all you can to prepare your students for a successful career,” he explained. “I wish them all the best and without a doubt, I am extremely confident that they will become outstanding Supply Officers, enhancing the quality of life of their Sailors on-board. Fair Winds, Following Seas and God Speed!”
By Lt. Reid Morrow
Navy Supply Corps School Public Affairs Officer