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    Meritoriously advanced Sailor: Set example, breed culture of excellence



    Story by William Love 

    Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, Texas

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (March 15) – Two Sailors from Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi were advanced through the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) during an awards ceremony in front of the clinic, March 14.

    Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (ESWS) Kelsie L. Hammac, a native of Joliet, Illinois, and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class David M. Tarr, from Corona, California, were each promoted to the next paygrade.

    NHC Corpus Christi triad notified the command March 7, of the MAP promotions that resulted in one new petty officer 1st class, two new petty officers 2nd class and two new petty officers 3rd class.

    Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (FMF) Kevin T. Stearns, a native of Port Jefferson, New York; and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Steven Kelly, both assigned to San Antonio Detachment; and
    Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Carlie A. Kay, from Ogallala, Nebraska, and assigned to Naval Branch Health Clinic Fort Worth, were advanced at their locations in separate ceremonies.

    The promotions these five Sailors received will put them in positions of increased authority and responsibility. Chosen by their chain of command, the surprise advancement is a direct result of their proven hard work and dedication to the Navy.

    “I believe that it is important to serve as a positive role model to show other Sailors that hard work with a positive attitude will pay off,” said Kay. “I think it’s important to not only be great at your job, but really believe that it is an honor to care for the sick and injured. Both exceeding at work and giving back to your community are important pillars to pass on to other Sailors.”

    When Stearns learned he was selected by the command to receive a MAP quota he was just as surprised as the others.

    “I was speechless, I couldn't breathe for a second,” said Stearns, who credits his success to the Sailors he leads. “I was overwhelmed and was so grateful that the hard work that my Sailors and I put in was rewarded.”

    MAP was instituted by the Navy in July 2015 replacing the Navy's Command Advancement Program (CAP). According to the Navy Personnel Command website, MAP authorizes commanding officers to advance eligible personnel in pay grades E-3 through E-5 to the next higher pay grade.

    The program was expanded in fiscal year 2016 to include eligible shore commands, pre-commissioning units and Professional Apprenticeship Career Tract (PACT) Sailors.

    MAP is part of the Navy's ongoing talent management initiatives used to empower the command triad to advance their top-performing Sailors when they are ready for the next level of responsibility.

    “It means a lot to me because I truly enjoy helping other people achieve their goals and dreams,” said Stearns. “My Sailors see me work hard every day, take a full-time college course load, manage a family at home, participate in volunteer events, and I always come to work with a smile on my face and a positive attitude. By seeing that, they realize they can do all these things too and there's no excuse to not strive for greatness. You need to set the example for those around you to emulate, breeding a culture of excellence, and I feel we have done a great job with that at the San Antonio Detachment.”

    Although their new rank came unexpectedly in most cases, the newly advanced Sailors understand they must adjust to their new responsibilities quickly while continuing to perform at the level that helped them get promoted in the first place.

    Hammac, a physical therapy technician, she says that she is genuinely grateful for the promotion, and has some advice for other Sailors wanting to be meritoriously promoted.

    “Keep working and keep striving to be a better you. Even if you think hard work goes unnoticed, it doesn’t,” said Hammac. “If you didn’t get it this time, keep putting in the effort to make your package better, you have two times every year to put yourself and all your accomplishments on paper, the worst they can say is no.”

    For more information about MAP, including quotas by UIC, controlled rates information, forms, points of contact, and answers to frequently asked questions go to

    NHC Corpus Christi and its Naval Branch Health Clinics at Fort Worth and Kingsville provide ambulatory care services to over 13,000 enrolled beneficiaries comprised of military active duty, their family members, retirees and their family members in South Texas and Dallas/Fort Worth. In addition, the San Antonio Detachment provides primary care services to Navy students at the Medical Education & Training Campus (METC) at Fort Sam Houston, and case management services and medical board management to Navy and Marine Corps Wounded, Ill and Injured Warriors (WII) at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC).



    Date Taken: 03.15.2019
    Date Posted: 03.15.2019 12:13
    Story ID: 314388
    Location: CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, US 

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