NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka frocks Petty Officers
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Nearly a dozen Sailors assigned to the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka were advanced to their next rank during a frocking ceremony held Nov. 30 at command headquarters in Yokosuka, Japan.
As early as 1802, Navy regulations have recorded instances of Sailors assuming the uniform and duties of the next higher rank before getting the pay raise that comes with the promotion, according to the Naval Historical Center website. The early uniform for Navy lieutenants included a frock coat, likely the origin of the modern term, "to frock".
“To be able to pin on that next higher level rank means a great deal to these Sailors and their families,” said Capt. Raymond Bichard, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, commanding officer. “This milestone in their careers represents a lot of hard work and I want to congratulate them as well as their families and everyone who supported them in advancing.”
Being advanced was not only an individual achievement, for many Sailors it held great importance for others in their lives.
“I would have to say Ensign McCloggan the prior LCPO [leading chief petty officer] for the post office pushed me the most and helped me and a couple of others Sailors to study every night leading up to the exam,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Mark Delahoz, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, custodian of postal effects. “The other person was my wife, she told me every night that if I was not looking forward to studying she was there to get me back on track and get into the books.”
That kind of motivation is beneficial to Sailors who must past rigorous exams that are required in order to be promoted.
“I studied three months prior to the test, 2-hrs every day and 3-hrs every day for the last two weeks before the test.,” said Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Tuan Vu, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, logistics support representative.
“This was very much hard-earned,” said Delahuz, adding that the biggest tip he had for fellow Sailors looking to make rank is to, “study, study, study.”
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, one of eight fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), is the Western Pacific region's largest U.S. Navy logistics command, headquartered just 26 miles due south of Tokyo, the enterprise networks more than 20 sites from Misawa, Japan, to Sydney, Australia; Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to Guam with a mission to serve the Asia Pacific Region’s forward deployed maritime warfighter with around-the-clock logistics support.
The NAVSUP and Navy Supply Corps team as a whole shares one mission -- to deliver sustained global logistics and quality-of-life support to the Navy and joint warfighter. NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps' diverse team of more than 25,000 civilian and military personnel oversee a diverse portfolio including supply chain management for material support to Navy, Marine Corps, joint and coalition partners, supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, security assistance, and quality-of-life issues for our naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods. The NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps team forms a vast network of professionals who deliver unparalleled products and services to customers in the fleet and across the world.
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