Former Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) Commanding Officer, Capt. Mark R. Pimpo, graduated and certified 70 students “Ready for Sea” at a ceremony held at the schoolhouse June 5th. Graduates included 56 students of Supply Officer Basic Qualification Course (BQC) 2nd Battalion Charlie and Delta Companies, and fourteen students of Basic Qualification Course Navy Reserve (BQC-NR) 82nd Company.
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Rear Adm. David Pimpo and Capt. Mark Pimpo recognize Lt.j.g. John Suarez and Ens. Greene as the 82nd Company and 2nd Battalion Honor Graduates.
Former Commander, Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Rear Adm. David Pimpo was the guest speaker. He is a graduate of the Naval Academy and Capt. Pimpo’s older brother. He suggested that the students “become comfortable with being uncomfortable” and to remain flexible and open to change. He went on to say that Supply Corps officers carry with them a “legacy of excellence” unmatched in the fleet. Their task will be to continue this reputation by finding the “ethical way to yes” when faced with challenges in all facets of life.
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. 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 (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.
NSCS expects 2nd Battalion and 82nd Company 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 121 years of experience back to the Fleet. This diverse group of students included twenty prior-enlisted Sailors, graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy, and redesignated officers from submarine, surface, and aviation communities.
Since their arrival at NSCS, students in 2nd Battalion Charlie and Delta Companies balanced superior academic performance with community service in and around Newport. Logging a combined 1225 off‑duty volunteer hours, they supported the YMCA of Middletown, Rhode Island Blood Center, Boys and Girls Club and Robert Potter League for Animals Shelter. Their academic performance was equally stellar with a class average of 95.29 percent.
BQC 2nd Battalion Honor Graduate, Ens. Naomi Green, held an academic average of 99.37, and earned the Supply Corps Association Leadership Award and Supply Management 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. Green will report to the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in San Diego, California.
Lt. j.g. John Suarez, BQC-NR 82nd Company Honor Graduate, maintained an overall grade point average of 96.6 percent. He is assigned to Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella, Sicily. A Change of Command was held on June 6, where Capt. Kristen Fabry assumed the position of Commanding Officer of Navy Supply Corps School as Capt. Pimpo retired.
By Ltj.g. Heather Hutchison, SC, USN; Navy Supply Corps School
CWO3 Stephen Wyrick
, 2nd Battalion Charlie Company, Instructor of the Battalion
, 2nd Battalion Delta Company, Instructor of the Battalion
Ens. Leslie Greene
, BQC 2nd Battalion Honor Graduate
Lt. j.g. John Suarez
, BQC-NR 82nd Company Honor Graduate
Ens. Leslie Greene
and Lt. Cmdr. Bradley Bresinski
, Supply Corps Association Leadership Award
Ens. Stephanie Edwards
, Navy Food Service Excellence Award
Ens. Charity Whitfield
, Navy Exchange Service Command Ships Store Award
Ens. Naomi Green
, Supply Management Excellence Award
Ens. Tyler Smith
, Ens. Owen Edoohonda
, Ens. Charity Whitfield
, Defense Finance and Accounting Service Excellence Award
Ens. Tyler Smith
, Military Officers Association of America Professionalism Award
Ens. Alexis Anderson,
Navy League Volunteerism Award