Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) former Commanding Officer Capt. Mark R. Pimpo, graduated and certified 76 students “Ready for Sea” at a ceremony held at the schoolhouse March 21. Graduates included 49 students of Supply Officer Basic Qualification Course (BQC) 1st Battalion Alpha and Bravo Companies, and 27 students of Basic Qualification Course Navy Reserve (BQCNR) 81st Company.
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(left to right) Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, 47th Chief of Supply Corps, CWO3 Stephen Wyrick, Manny Trevino, Ens. Raneeza Guiao, Lt j.g. Calvin Chu, Ens. Marianna Luporini, NSCS 1st Battalion honor graduate, Ens. Shane Moore, Lt j.g. Justin Ivey, Lt. Bryan Berjgians, Capt. Mark Pimpo, former commanding officer Navy Supply Corps School.
Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command, and the 47th Chief of Supply Corps, Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen was in attendance as the guest speaker. He reminded the students of the gravity of their positions and that they are “a symbol of trust.” He said Supply Corps officers “… are the primary stewards of the Navy and U.S. taxpayers’ money,” and he encouraged students to actively listen everywhere to seek answers. BQC is an in-depth 22-week curriculum encompassing the major areas of an afloat supply department to include supply management, food service, retail operations, disbursing management, Navy Cash, personnel administration and leadership.
With a vision of providing students the personal and professional foundations for success, the BQC prepares Supply Corps officers for their first operational tour. BQC-NR is a 15-month, comprehensive course of instruction, which provides Reserve Direct Commissioning Program (DCP) 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.
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(left to right) Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, 47th Chief of Supply Corps, Ens. Mariana Luporini, NSCS 1st Battalion honor graduate, Charles Froemke, National Industries for the Blind (NIB) assistant vice president for operations support, and Capt. Mark Pimpo, NSCS former commanding officer, during officers’ sword presentation.
NSCS expects 1st Battalion and 81st
Company will offer their future commanding officers increasing flexibility and enhance Supply Corps officers’ reputation for being naval officers first and accountable officers always. Combined, they have more than 230 years of experience that they are bringing back to the fleet. This diverse group of students included 23 prior enlisted Sailors, graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy, and re-designated officers from submarine, surface, and aviation communities. Since their arrival at NSCS, students in 1st
Battalion Alpha and Bravo Companies balanced superior academic performance with community service in and around Newport, Rhode Island. Logging a combined 889 off-duty volunteer hours, they supported the Philippine Disaster Relief Drive, Rhode Island Blood Center, Habitat for Humanity, and Robert Potter League for Animals Shelter. Their academic performance was equally stellar with a class average of 96.01 percent. BQC 1st Battalion honor graduate, Ens. Marianna Luporini, held an academic average of 99.89 percent, and earned the Supply Corps Association Leadership Award, Navy Food Service Excellence Award, Supply Management Excellence Award, and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Excellence Award. She was also awarded an officer’s sword by National Industries for the Blind (NIB) Assistant Vice President for Operations Support, Mr. Charles Froemke for superb academic performance. Ens. Luporini will report to the USS Bataan
(LHD 5) in San Diego, California.
Lt. j.g. Justin Ivey, BQC-NR 81st Company’s honor graduate, maintained an overall grade point average of 96.15 percent. He will report to Naval Operations Support Center Atlanta, Georgia.
By Lt.j.g. Heather Hutchison, SC, USN, Navy Supply Corps School