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Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek and Capt. Kristen Fabry present Ens. Colin Knight with the award for
Honor Graduate of 4th Battalion, Foxtrot Company.
Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) Commanding Officer, Capt. Kristen E. Fabry graduated and certified 33 students “Ready for Sea” at a ceremony held at the schoolhouse Nov. 21. Graduates of Supply Officer Basic Qualification Course (BQC) 4th Battalion Foxtrot Company are the fourth and final class to graduate this year.
Director, Defense Logistics Agency, Vice Adm. Mark D. Harnitchek was in attendance as the guest speaker. Vice Adm. Harnitchek is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Penn State. In his 38-years of service he has served tours on two submarines, two submarine tenders and Commander, Submarine Group 7, Yokosuka, Japan; the Navy Ships Parts Control Center; Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia; and the Chief of Naval Operations Staff. Vice Adm. Harnitchek empowered the students to think critically in situations they will encounter in the fleet. He reminded them of both their personal and professional responsibilities, saying, “to be truly effective, you need to have some downtime, “ and that “anything is possible, you just have to hang in there.”
BQC is an in-depth 22-week curriculum encompassing the major areas of an afloat supply department to include supply management, food service management, 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.
NSCS expects 4th Battalion graduates will offer their future commanding officers increasing flexibility and enhance Supply Corps officers’ reputations for being naval officers first, and accountable officers always, by bringing their 85-years of experience back to the Fleet. This diverse group of students included 15 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 4th Battalion Foxtrot Company balanced superior academic performance with community service in and around Newport. Logging a combined 1,356 off-duty volunteer hours, they supported the Robert Potter League for Animals Shelter and Fort Adams, Fed Feeds Food Campaign, and Habitat for Humanity. Academically, Foxtrot Company held a class average of 96 percent.
Awards are presented to the students who achieve the highest grade in the courses within the curriculum. Ens. Colin Knight is the recipient of the Navy Food Service Excellence Award, Defense Finance and Accounting Service Excellence Award, Navy Exchange Service Command Ships Store Award and Leadership Management Excellence Award. He is also the BQC 4th Battalion Honor Graduate with an overall GPA of 99.53 percent, and will be reporting to the Naval Reactors Program in Washington, D.C. Ens. Laura Clarke is the recipient of the Supply Management Excellence Award as well as Navy Supply Corps Foundation Leadership Award and the Physical Fitness Award for achieving the maximum score for an official physical fitness assessment.
The students of 4th Battalion, Foxtrot Company recognized members of the staff that contributed to the preparation of their professional success. Special recognition was given to Lt. j.g. Lisa Hardman, 4th Battalion’s Retail Operations Instructor. Additionally, she taught the students portions of disbursing management and leadership management courses as well as postal operations. For her efforts, Lt. j.g. Hardman was awarded Instructor of the Battalion for her dedication to the students of 4th Battalion, Foxtrot Company.
By Lt. Heather Hutchison, SC, USN; Navy Supply Corps School