By Candice Villarreal, Director, Office of Corporate Communications, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego employee was accepted into the prestigious Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), where she is pursuing a master’s degree. She started the program in March. Management Analyst Jennie Sargent of the command’s business department was selected for the NPS Executive Master of Business Administration Program following her application to the institution in November 2018.
“I am really fortunate to have been selected for such a rare opportunity to continue my education while working for the Navy,” said Sargent. “I’ve always wanted to go back and get my master’s, so when applications for the program were advertised in a workforce email, it seemed like an awesome opportunity. I couldn’t pass it up.”
The two-year program will be entirely online, with the exception of a week-long, in-person attendance requirement each year. The online flexibility, Sargent said, will allow her to meet her academic goals while working in her current capacity and raising her children.
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NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego Management Analyst Jennie Sargent is congratulated by her chain of command following notification of her acceptance into the Naval Postgraduate School March 19. From left: Executive Officer Cmdr. Sean Neer, Executive Director Bill Weinfurtner, Jennie Sargent, Command Senior Chief Quentin Wells, Commanding Officer Capt. Brian Anderson. –photo by Candice Villarreal
“If you are willing to step outside of your comfort zone, the Navy truly offers so many opportunities for both Sailors and civilians to grow and learn in their careers,” said Sargent. “I realize these kinds of opportunities probably wouldn’t be available to me elsewhere, so, I’m going to make sure I do well and get the Navy its money’s worth.”
The Navy is fully funding Sargent’s program-related travel, tuition, and books.
“I know this is a very competitive process and the class size is small, so I am excited and happy to have been given this opportunity,” said Sargent. “Our command leadership offered its full support and endorsement as part of my application package, so I feel lucky to work somewhere where someone’s personal development is important to more than just the individual employee.”
All program applicants were required to submit transcripts, letters of recommendation, a letter of command endorsement, and a completed application to be considered.
Sargent joined the Navy’s civil service team in 2011, entering the workforce as an intern on NAVSUP FLC San Diego’s continuous process improvement team. Since her hire, she has advanced five General Schedule grades at the command.
She holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and is a Naval Supply Systems Command and American Society for Quality-Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. A San Diego area native, she graduated from Granite Hills High School in nearby El Cajon, California.
“I’m very excited for Jennie’s new adventure and this well-deserved opportunity,” said Business Services Division Director Denisse Guerrero, Sargent’s immediate supervisor. “Her determination and motivation have been the keys to her success, and I’m sure this is just one of many more achievements to come.”
Previously, Sargent was selected for and attended the NAVSUP Corporate Management Development Program in 2016. She also attended the Advanced Management Program in May 2018. She aspires to be promoted into a supervisory position within the NAVSUP Enterprise in the future.
“I like the people who make up NAVSUP,” said Sargent. “I like my coworkers; we have a great mission in support of the warfighter, and I provide behind-the-scenes support while working alongside them. We see them every day; we see the ships, the Navy in its real working environment. And who wouldn’t want an all-expenses paid master’s degree? How often do you get that? I just can’t imagine any other workplace that could be better, and it feels great to be a good role model for my kids.”
The Naval Postgraduate School is a public graduate university operated by the United States Navy and located in Monterey, California. The institution offers master’s and doctoral degrees and certificates in more than 70 fields of study to the U.S. Armed Forces, Department of Defense civilians, and international partners.