BY LT. ERIN TORTORA, SC, USN, NAVY SUPPLY CORPS SCHOOL
Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) Commanding Officer, Capt. Kristen Fabry graduated and certified 39 students of 4th Battalion, Foxtrot and Golf Companies, “Ready for Sea” at a ceremony held at Wheeler Center on Nov. 20.
Rear Adm. Vincent Griffith, director, Defense Logistics Agency Logistics Operations, was in attendance as the guest speaker. Rear Adm. Griffith is a logistician with vast experience both at sea and ashore. His passionate commitment for promoting the Supply Corps’ role in supporting the warfighter made him the top choice as guest speaker for the day’s graduation.
The Basic Qualification Course (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.
This diverse group of students included 11 prior enlisted Sailors, graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy, and six redesignated officers from submarine and aviation communities. The NSCS expects 4th Battalion 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 108 years of experience back to the Fleet.
Students of 4th Battalion Foxtrot and Golf Companies successfully balanced superior academic performance with community service in and around Newport during their time at NSCS. Logging an incredible combined 1,225 off duty volunteer hours, they supported the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, the Potter League Animal Shelter, Rhode Island Blood Center, coaching youth and Naval Academy Preparatory School teams, and many more organizations. Students of 4th Battalion also volunteered at the Bright Future, Heritage Day, and Newport Folk & Jazz Festivals, as well as the Portsmouth Annual Rotary Car Show. Academically, Foxtrot and Golf Companies held a class average of 94.2 percent and 95.4 percent, respectively.
The top graduates who achieved the highest grade in each curriculum were recognized, along with leadership and professionalism awards. Ens. Joshua Daniels, who will be reporting to USS Nebraska (SSBN 739), is the BQC 4th Battalion Honor Graduate with an overall grade point average of 99.03 percent. He was awarded an Officer’s Sword by National Industries for the Blind Assistant Vice President, Operations Support, Mr. Charles Froemke for his superb academic performance.