Navy Supply Corps School Newport Certifies 44 Students ‘Ready for Sea’

Oct. 22, 2014 | By scnewsltr
    Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) Commanding Officer, Capt. Kristen E. Fabry graduated and certified 44 students “Ready for Sea” at a ceremony held at the schoolhouse August 29th. Graduates included 22 students of Supply Officer Basic Qualification Course (BQC) 3rd Battalion Echo Company, and 22 students of Basic Qualification Course Navy Reserve (BQC-NR) 83rd Company. [caption id="attachment_2609" align="alignright" width="300"]
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Photo left to right: Rear Admiral John King presents Ens. Alana Kershner and Lt j.g. Daniel Wright honor graduate awards along with Captain Kristen Fabry during the awards breakfast on August 29th, 2014.     Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Rear Adm. John King was in attendance as the guest speaker. Rear Adm. King is a native of Massachusetts and a graduate of the Naval Academy. His years of service has included positions as the Supply Officer onboard the USS Pensacola (LSD 38) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), deputy commander- Aviation, Naval Inventory Control Point, and commander, Defense Distribution Depot in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. Rear Adm. King told the graduating class that “high ethical standards and good conduct need to be engrained.” He went on to remind them that “as the Navy’s business men and women, [they] will be responsible for the integrity and accountability of [their] organization.”     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 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. Both the BQC and BQC NR programs are designed to align reserve officers with their active duty counterparts to ensure that NSCS produces one type of supply officer regardless of service designation.
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    NSCS expects 3rd Battalion and 83rd 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 87 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 3rd Battalion Echo Company balanced superior academic performance with community service in and around Newport. Logging a combined 400 off-duty volunteer hours, they supported the Rhode Island Blood Center, Robert Potter League for Animals Shelter and Fort Adams clean up. Academically, 3rd Battalion held a class average of 96 percent and 83rd Company earned a class average of 93 percent.     BQC 3rd Battalion Honor Graduate, Lt. j.g. Daniel Wright, reporting to the USS San Antonio (LPD 17) stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, is the recipient of the Supply Management Excellence Award and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Excellence Award. By Lt. j.g. Heather Hutchison