Logistics Specialist First Class (LS1) Kevin A. Stearman of the NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Pearl Harbor is the 2016 NAVSUP Reserve Sailor of the Year. He is being recognized for demonstrating exceptional leadership skills and keen technical expertise.
As noted in his command’s submission package, “LS1 makes those around him better simply by virtue of his professionalism, leadership, and passion for the United States Navy.”
Petty Officer Stearman professionally managed and directed the Reserve Logistics Representative Program as acting Senior Enlisted Leader and Training Department Acting Chief, significantly raising Apprentice and Journeyman qualifications, and achieving a unit qualification rate 25 percent higher than similar FLC units. He also played a critical liaison role in the Multi-National Logistics Support Element during Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2016, coordinating the activities of dozens of logistics personnel, including logisticians from more than nine countries.
Stearman, a native of Texas, and raised in Orange Park, Florida, enlisted in the Navy undesignated in 1993. After completing Fireman Apprentice School, he reported to USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). He completed Naval Hospital Corps School, became a Hospital Corpsman, and then served at Naval Hospital Pensacola. In 1998 he was honorably discharged, and joined the Individual Ready Reserve. He affiliated in the Navy Reserve in 2009, and graduated SK ‘A’ School in 2010. As a drilling Reservist, he was assigned to Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Naval Operations Support Center (NOSC) Little Rock, Provost Marshal Office Kuwait/Iraq, and Warrior Transition Program Kuwait. Since 2014 he has served at NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor, Detachment A, NOSC Denver as the acting Senior Enlisted Advisor and Training Department Chief, where he was selected as the Senior Sailor of the Year in 2015 and 2016. His educational achievements include an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts from Northwestern Michigan College.