BY LT. STEPHEN DALEY
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER BAHRAIN
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Bahrain earned recognition for the Navy’s Retention Excellence Award for fiscal year 2016 during a pennant presentation Jan. 5, 2017.
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Capt. Kerry Pearson (second from left) and CMDCS (SW/IW/AW) Eric Hill (far right) present the Retention Excellence Award pennant to command career counselors LS1(SW/AW) Sarah Longoria and LS1(SW/AW) Marlayna Crooms. –photo by LT Gladys Diaz
This is the second consecutive year NAVSUP FLC Bahrain has received the honor, which is a testament to the consistent hard work of the command career counselor.
“Retaining the best and brightest of our military is not only a challenge in today’s thriving technological environment, but also a testament to the high satisfaction NAVSUP Sailors experience abroad,” said Capt. Kerry Pearson, commanding officer, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain.
U.S. Fleet Forces Command established the Retention Excellence Award through the Fleet Retention Excellence Program; the award is presented to U.S. Navy commands that sustain superior levels of military retention during the previous fiscal year.
“Our career counseling team does their best to ensure Sailors are making the best decisions for themselves and their families by assisting them with career waypoint submissions, order negotiations, educational opportunities, and more,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Sarah Longoria, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain command career counselor. “Receiving the Retention Excellence Award shows us that our Sailors appreciate the guidance given, and are successfully navigating their careers, fully informed and ready to perform the mission.”
In order to be eligible for the Retention Excellence Award, a command must meet or exceed a number of benchmarks, including meeting reenlistment percentages and performing well on the annual command information program review. NAVSUP FLC Bahrain succeeded in each area, received a perfect score in multiple categories, and scored an impressive 99 percent on the most recent command information program review.
“The Retention Excellence Award is definitely one that you earn; for a command our size to earn it two years in a row is simply amazing,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Eric Hill, senior enlisted advisor, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain. “Our career development boards, retention, and recognition of our Sailors are an all-hands effort. Earning this award clearly shows the level of commitment our Sailors and their families, along with our career counseling team, and our leaders, both military and civilian, have to the Navy and the mission.”
As a result of earning the Retention Excellence Award again, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain is authorized to continue flying the retention excellence pennant for a second year in a row.