BY CANDICE VILLARREAL, DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER SAN DIEGO
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego was announced a winner of the Navy's Retention Excellence Award for fiscal year 2016.
Formerly known as the “Golden Anchor” award, the Retention Excellence Award recognizes commands that exceed reenlistment benchmarks and attrition goals for the fiscal year.
“I could not be prouder of our team,” said Command Senior Chief Nicole Ellis. “Retention is not just about keeping Sailors in our Navy; it's also about why they choose to stay. Making career development boards and midterm counseling sessions a priority, recognizing Sailors' achievements, and managing Sailor programs with genuine enthusiasm all make a difference.”
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LS1 Raechelle Tomaroy and NC1 James Johnson, NAVSUP FLC San Diego career counselors, gather for a photo following a meeting with NAVSUP FLC San Diego Commanding Officer Capt. Michelle Morse Dec. 15 in San Diego. Tomaroy and Johnson made key contributions to the command and the Navy in maximizing Sailor reenlistment rates, with their efforts resulting in the command’s receipt of the Navy’s Retention Excellence Award for 2016.
To be considered for the award, commands must pass an annual career information program review with a score of 90 points or better and meet current reenlistment benchmarks of 35 percent for Sailors with zero to six years of service, 51 percent for Sailors with six to 10 years, and 60 percent for Sailors with 10-14 years of service. NAVSUP FLC San Diego had reenlistment rates of 75 percent, 68 percent and 86 percent for 2016, respectively, with an attrition rate close to zero.
“One of the most rewarding parts of this job is assisting the Navy in having a more stable force that retains the best and the brightest,” said Navy Counselor First Class James Johnson, a career counselor at the command. “The receipt of this kind of award is really indicative of a command where Sailors enjoy spending their tours. It is a direct reflection of the overall command climate, and that comes from the top down.”
Ellis added that the award is a result of a team effort from the chief’s mess, wardroom, civilian leadership, and every Sailor at NAVSUP FLC San Diego.
“Our Sailors enjoy great leadership and serve in a Navy that values diversity and offers them a host of college opportunities, job stability, upward mobility, and opportunities to learn a broad range of professional skills,” said Logistics Specialist First Class Raechelle Tomaroy, who also serves as a command career counselor. “So, if I'm being honest, we don't ever really have to talk Sailors into staying Navy.”
As a retention excellence awardee, NAVSUP FLC San Diego is authorized to fly the Retention Excellence pennant, signifying the command’s notable accomplishments in keeping the most talented and dedicated Sailors in the Navy’s ranks.
“It's easy to say the words ‘Take care of Sailors,’”said Ellis. “But this award is concrete evidence that you’ve taken those words and turned them into actions. That’s pretty important in our line of work.”