BY SKY M. LARON, DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER YOKOSUKA
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka raised its golden anchor pennant Dec. 16 for the second straight year after being announced a winner of the fiscal year 2016 Retention Excellence Award.
“Your success represents commitment to the growth and development of your Sailors and serves as the foundation of Fleet readiness” said NAVSUP Commander and Chief of Supply Corps Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen.
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Capt. Jeffery Davis (right) and NC1 Alex March (left) raise the golden anchor pennant above command headquarters in Yokosuka, Japan.
Each year, commands have their career information program assessed, which includes benchmarks for reenlistments, retention, and attrition. This year NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka exceeded all applicable benchmarks once again.
“This is truly a team effort and attributable to leaders at every level taking care of their Sailors,” said NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffery Davis.
A key part of this award-winning team is the Navy counselor (NC) who plays a vital role to the success of any command. This rating focuses on enhancing the career development and opportunities for other Sailors, which allows them to spend more time doing their specific jobs for the command. NCs also focus on manning, placement, and retention, which contribute to the success of the command and the Navy overall.
“Our career counselors have taken this command a long way from no retention excellence award in five years to back-to-back retention excellence awards,” said NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Command Master Chief Edwin Purdy. “This award is just another example of their leadership and mentorship.”
Retention and reenlistment of qualified Sailors is mutually beneficial to the Sailor and the Navy. However, the Navy is only looking to retain the best and brightest.
The Career Waypoints (CWAY) system is the primary force shaping tool used to identify top performers, said NC1 Alex March, command career counselor at NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka.
One of the biggest hurdles in earning this retention award is ensuring every Sailor's intention is submitted into the CWAY system on time, every time, with no "failed to submit" incidents all year long, according to Purdy.
“One failure removes the command from being eligible for this award,” said Purdy.
As a retention excellence awardee, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka is authorized to not only fly the retention excellence pennant, but also proudly display its golden anchor in front of command headquarters for another year.
Many Sailors have found the information put out by Navy counselors to be extremely helpful and at the end of the day NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka has kept the very best Sailors in its ranks, which enables superior logistics support to the warfighter within the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.