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    NAVSUP WSS Sailors recognized in ceremony

    NAVSUP WSS Sailors recognized in ceremony

    Photo By Dorie Heyer | MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Jan. 4, 2018) – A Navy Commander and Lieutenant assigned to...... read more read more



    Story by Jeffrey Landis 

    NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support

    MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Jan. 4, 2018) – A Navy Commander and Lieutenant assigned to Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) in Mechanicsburg, Pa., were recognized in a promotion and award ceremony here, Jan. 4.

    Cmdr. Allen “A.J.” Rivera, Director of Operations Research and Analysis Division of NAVSUP WSS, was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for his outstanding meritorious service after serving with distinction for more than two years. Rivera will be transferring to take over as Commanding Officer of the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Depot, Yokosuka, Japan.

    Lt. Christopher Hocker, a contracting specialist with NAVSUP WSS, was promoted to his present rank in the ceremony. Hocker recently served forward deployed to Japan aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65) as the Sales and Disbursing Officer from October 2015 to December 2016 before transferring to NAVSUP WSS Mechanicsburg and currently serving as a Navy Acquisition Contracting Officer intern.

    Rivera is a native of Mountaintop, Pa., and joined the Navy in 1999 after receiving a commission via the University of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon University NROTC program. According to Rivera’s Meritorious Service Medal citation, his direct leadership was “instrumental in directing Weapon Systems Support analysis in one of the most critical and challenging logistics billets, supporting a worldwide enterprise of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel across 13 globally disbursed commands.”

    Rivera also graduated from San Diego State University with a Master of Business Administration in International Finance and graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., with a Master of Science degree in Operations Research.

    Hocker is a Pine Bush and Sullivan County, N.Y., native, graduated from Pine Bush High School and graduated from the State University of New York in Albany with a double major, Bachelor of Science degrees in economics and mathematics.

    A field activity of the Naval Supply Systems Command, NAVSUP WSS is the U.S. Navy’s supply chain manager providing worldwide support to the aviation, surface ship, and submarine communities. NAVSUP WSS provides Navy, Marine Corps, joint and allied forces with products and services that deliver combat capability through logistics. There are more than 2,000 civilian and military personnel employed at its two Pennsylvania sites, and one site in Norfolk, Va.

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    Date Taken: 01.08.2018
    Date Posted: 01.08.2018 09:19
    Story ID: 261537
    Location: MECHANICSBURG, PA, US 

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