Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) Commanding Officer, Capt. Kristen E. Fabry graduated and certified 68 students “Ready for Sea” at a ceremony held at the schoolhouse March 20th. Forty-four graduates of Supply Officer Basic Qualification Course (BQC) 1st
Battalion Alpha and Bravo Companies, along with twenty-four 84th
Company BQC Naval Reserve (BQC-NR) graduates, are the first class to graduate this year.
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Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen and Capt. Fabry present Ens. Woodall of 84th Company and Ens. Barnes of Bravo Company the Navy Supply Corps Foundation Leadership Award.
Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and 47th Chief of the Supply Corps Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen was in attendance as the guest speaker.
BQC is an in-depth 22-week curriculum encompassing the major areas of an afloat supply department to include supply management, food service management, retail operations, disbursing management, Navy Cash, personnel administration and leadership. The BQC prepares Supply Corps 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. BQC 1st Battalion had the opportunity to experience the Fleet Familiarization Tour (FFT) in Norfolk, Virginia. During the weeklong professional venture, the junior officers spent time aboard several platform types and at various Fleet support activities. Students shadowed their Fleet counterparts and worked TYCOM-approved Job Qualification Requirements, spanning all curriculums to include leadership and ethics.
NSCS expects 1st Battalion and 84th Company graduates will offer their future commanding officers increasing flexibility and enhance Supply Corps officers’ reputation for being naval officers first, and accountable officers always, by bringing their 140 years of experience back to the Fleet. This diverse group of students included 21 prior enlisted sailors, graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy, and redesignated officers from submarine and aviation communities.
Since their arrival at NSCS, students in 1st Battalion Foxtrot Company balanced superior academic performance with community service in and around Newport. Logging a combined 894 off duty volunteer hours, they supported the Robert Potter League for Animals Shelter, Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, and Habitat for Humanity, along with many other events and organizations. Academically, Alpha and Bravo Companies held a class average of 94 percent and 84th
Company maintained a 93 percent class average.
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During the awards and recognition brunch at NSCS, former students of 77th Company BQC-NR Class present this shadow box in memory of their classmate, supply officer Lt. j.g. Stephen Byus who was killed in Afghanistan last September. Lt. Patrick Rafter spoke of Lt. j.g. Byus’ family, as well as personal and professional accomplishments to NSCS staff and students.
Awards are presented to the students who achieve the highest grade in the courses within the curriculum. Ens. Seth Wartak, who will be reporting to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8 in Rota, Spain, is the BQC 1st Battalion Honor Graduate with an overall GPA of 98.7 percent. He was awarded an Officer’s Sword by National Industries for the Blind Assistant Vice President for Operations Support, Charles Froemke for his superb academic performance. Ens. Wartak is also, along with Ens. Blake Fountain, a recipient of the Navy Exchange Service Command Ships Store Award with an average of 100 percent. Additionally, Ens. Fountain is the recipient of the Navy Food Service Excellence Award. Ens. Melissa Calderwood received the Supply Management Excellence Award while her classmate, Ens. Gregory Cummins received the Leadership and Management Excellence Award. Ens. David Bolton is the recipient of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Excellence Award. The Navy Supply Corps Foundation awarded the Leadership Award to Ens. Kevin Barnes of 1st Battalion and Ens. Woodall of 84th Company, and Military Officers of America Association Professionalism Award went to Ens. Stephen Martir. Ens. Eric Providakes is the recipient of the Navy League Volunteerism Award, for the 97 off-duty hours he volunteered in the Newport community. Lt. Andrew Cumings, BQC-NR 84th Company Honor Graduate, maintained an overall grade point average of 96.3 percent. He will report to Naval Operations Support Center Quincy, Massachusetts.
The students of 1st Battalion recognized members of the staff that contributed to the preparation of their professional success. Special recognition was given to CWO3 Stephen Wyrick, 1st Battalion’s Food Service Operations Instructor. CWO3 Wyrick was also a sponsor for 1st Battalion during the FFT in Norfolk, Virginia. For his efforts, CWO3 Wyrick was awarded Instructor of the Battalion for his dedication to the students of 1st Battalion, Alpha and Bravo Company.
CWO3 Wyrick, 1st Battalion Instructor of the Battalion
Ens. Seth Wartak, BQC 1st Battalion Honor Graduate
Lt. Andrew Cumings, BQC-NR 84th Company Honor Graduate
Ens. Kevin Barnes and Ens. Rachel Woodall, Navy Supply Corps Foundation Leadership Award
Ens. Stephen Martir, Military Officers of America Association Professionalism Award
Ens. Blake Fountain, Navy Food Service Excellence Award
Ens. Blake Fountain and Ens. Seth Wartak, Navy Exchange Service Command Ships Store Award
Ens. Melissa Calderwood, Supply Management Excellence Award
Ens. Gregory Cummins, Leadership Management Excellence Award
Ens. David Bolton, Defense Finance and Accounting Service Excellence Award
Ens. Eric Providakes, Navy League Volunteerism Award
By Lt. Erin Tortora, SC, USN; Navy Supply Corps School