BY TOM KREIDEL, OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS,
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER NORFOLK
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk raised the golden anchor pennant Feb. 27 in honor of being named a winner of the 2016 Retention Excellence Award.
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NAVSUP FLC Norfolk raised the golden anchor pennant Feb. 27 in honor of having been named a winner of the 2016 Retention Excellence Award. NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Command Career Counselor NCC Michele Clodfelter (center) was joined at the Building W-143 flagpole by command leadership and Sailors to celebrate the raising of the pennant for the first time. She thanked NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Commanding Officer Capt. Jack Moreau and the rest of the command’s leadership for their support.
According to Command Career Counselor, Chief Navy Counselor Michele Clodfelter, the award grades commands on several factors, including reenlistment, retention, and attrition.
“This shows that hard work, diligence, and a caring leadership team pays off for our Sailors,” Clodfelter said.
She added this is the culmination of the work of several program coordinators including career development, sponsorship, new Sailor indoctrination, and educational services.
“It’s important that they are trained, so they can run successful programs for the command,” Clodfelter added.
In a note congratulating the NAVSUP FLCs which received the award, NAVSUP Commander and Chief of Supply Corps Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen talked about how important retention is for the entire Navy.
“Your success represents commitment to the growth and development of your Sailors and serves as the foundation of fleet readiness,” he said.
Clodfelter added career development boards are a vital tool in the command’s retention efforts.
“It is a chance for Sailors to sit down with their chain of command and discuss goals, both personal and professional,” she explained.
She also had advice for Sailors who are coming up on their expiration of active obligated service.
“Weigh all options, both inside the Navy and out,” Clodfelter said. “Look at salary comparisons in the civilian sector and see how it fits with your lifestyle.”
She also advised Sailors to take advantage of transition classes the Navy offers, and said Sailors who choose to separate from active duty should consider the Navy Reserve.
According to Command Master Chief Charles Jones, this pennant-raising ceremony is the culmination of the hard work of several members of the command.
“This has been a great team effort and we’re very proud of everyone who worked hard to make this happen,” Jones said.