Vice Adm. Robert F. Batchelder Award winners announced
The 30th annual Vice Adm. Robert F. Batchelder Award winners were announced May 24 by the U.S. Navy Chief of Supply Corps and Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), Rear Adm. Mark Heinrich.
A total of five Supply Corps officers were recognized with one Yokosuka based officer being recognized for his superior customer service.
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka Customer Service Officer Lt. Peter Rivera was recognized for his direct support of operating forces within the Asia Pacific region.
“Lt. Rivera is a proven performer who has excelled at NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka,” said NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Commanding Officer Capt. Marty Fields. “His leadership and meticulous, customer focused drive for excellence as the customer service officer has been crucial to our mission accomplishment; he has made a name for himself in both the 7th and the 3rd Fleet Areas of Responsibility as a premier logistician.”
Rivera’s job has him directly coordinating with Military Sealift Command, Combined Task Force 73 and NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor for provisions and stores replenishments while also providing direct material support to Yokosuka home-ported waterfront ship supply officers, added Fields.
According to Rivera, good working relationships within the 7th Fleet AOR and with his Sailors has been the factor for success.
“This award is really a reflection of my Sailors,” said Rivera. “It is because they are doing their jobs day in and day out, processing millions of dollars of in provisions.”
According to Rivera, he carries his deployment experiences with him and understands there are no stores out at sea, so if a ship needs a dozen eggs, he says, “We will be there.”
“Moral is so important on these ships and if you do your job well you directly affect the warfighters moral,” said Rivera. “By working with my shipmates and Sailors we were able to ensure that 7th Fleet Sailors were always ready, whether that meant they had their Snickers bars or Mt. Dew to on time delivery of their fresh fruits and vegetables.”
By making sure those Sailors and Marines got what they needed Rivera said, “They can focus on fighting the ship not on ‘hey, we are out of this or that’.”
Before winning the award Rivera thought it was a very mythical achievement, having witnessed only the very best of the best within the Navy Supply Corps being honored.
Rivera has compared his last year to running a race with the constant drive to get to that next lamppost and to continue running.
“I’ve just been working with my guys trying to help the fleet as much as possible,” said Rivera. “Looking back, I can say we did good.”
The Vice Adm. Robert F. Batchelder Awards are named in memory of the former Inspector General of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts (now NAVSUP). These awards, presented for operational competence, are awarded to individuals who have made the most significant personal contributions to the supply readiness of the operating forces, according to the Navy League of the United States who sponsors the annual award.
Formal award presentations are tentatively scheduled for some time in September in Norfolk, Va.