Nearly a dozen Sailors serving aboard NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka were advanced to their next rank during a frocking ceremony held in late May at the command headquarters in Yokosuka, Japan.
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Cmdr. Paul Dougherty, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka executive officer, congratulates LS3 John Browder during a frocking ceremony held May 28 at the command headquarters in Yokosuka, Japan.
As early as 1802, Navy regulations have recorded instances of Sailors assuming the uniform and duties of the next higher rank before getting the pay raise that comes with the promotion, according to the Naval Historical Center website. The early uniform for Navy lieutenants included a frock coat, likely the origin of the modern term, "to frock.”
“I am glad that we are able to recognize these folks by putting on new rank today,” explained NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Command Officer, Capt. Raymond Bichard. “They have done an outstanding job and this is an outstanding accomplishment.”
Being advanced was not only an individual achievement, for many Sailors it held great importance for others in their lives.
“My brother is a sergeant in the Marine Corps and we are very competitive,” said LS3 Alvaro Acosta, a newly minted petty officer and a member of the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Regional Services, Hazardous Materials Department. “He pushes me to do better.”
That kind of motivation is beneficial to Sailors who must past rigorous exams that are required in order to be promoted.
“A lot of hard work and effort goes into this,” Capt. Bichard said. “They passed the test.”
For many it takes a lot of long hours and off duty time studying to realize this level of success.
“There was a lot of studying,” said IT1 Michael Herman, a member of the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Support Services department. “I did it for family and my higher ups.”
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Capt. Raymond Bichard, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka commanding officer, returns a salute from LS2 Caswell Hector during a frocking ceremony held May 28 at the command headquarters in Yokosuka, Japan.
Many Sailors credited their advancement to the continued support of the command and their fellow Sailors.
“My chain of command supports me and this advancement was my way to show my support for them,” IT1 Herman added.
As the Western Pacific region's largest U.S. Navy logistics command, just 26 miles due south of Tokyo, the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka enterprise networks more than 20 sites and fuel terminals from Misawa, Japan, to Sydney, Australia; Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to Guam with a mission to serve the Asia Pacific Region’s forward deployed maritime warfighter with 24/7 operational logistics support integrating an extensive service provider network to deliver fuel, material, mail and supply chain services across the U.S. Navy’s largest geographical AOR.
Story by Sky M. Laron; NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Director of Corporate Communications