BY LT. RYAN MATLOCK, SC, USN
NAVY SUPPLY CORPS SCHOOL
On March 31st, Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) Commanding Officer Capt. Doug Noble certified 45 students of the Basic Qualification Course (BQC) 1st Battalion Alpha Company and Basic Qualification Course – Naval Reserves (BQC-NR) 90th Company, “Ready for Sea” at a graduation ceremony held at the NSCS Wheeler Center.
Rear Adm. Valerie K. Huegel was the guest speaker at the graduation. She encouraged the graduates to take advantage of the Navy adventure, always be flexible, build their Supply Corps reputation, and take care of their people.
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Rear Adm. Valerie K. Huegel (seated on left) was the guest speaker at the Navy Supply Corps School graduation.
As she reinforced that they need to fight as a team side-by-side, she reminded them that “character, competence, and conduct are equally as valuable to the fight.” Huegel concluded with the sound advice, “...make the most out of your careers, by serving others, treating others with respect, and thinking big.”
The BQC is an in-depth 22-week curriculum encompassing the major areas of an afloat supply department to include food service, supply management, 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, providing Reserve direct commissioning program 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.
This diverse group of students included six prior-enlisted Sailors with backgrounds in surface and aviation communities and one Marine. Collectively, they bring over 45 years of experience back to the fleet. As a result of the training received through the BQC and BQC-NR, 1st Battalion and 90th company graduates will bring their future commanding officers increased flexibility; continuing the Supply Corps officer legacy of being naval officers first, and accountable officers always.
The students successfully balanced academic performance with community service in and around Newport during their time at NSCS. Academically, 1st Battalion finished with a class grade point average (GPA) of 95.6 and 90th Company finished with a GPA of 92.5. Offsite, the students logged 345 volunteer hours supporting many local organizations.
The top graduates in each curriculum were recognized with leadership with professionalism awards. Ensign Philip Reilly was the BQC 1st Battalion Honor Graduate with an overall GPA of 99.1. Reilly was also awarded an Officer’s Sword by National Industries for the Blind.
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