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    Naval Hospital Bremerton employs MAP near and far to recognize Sailors

    Naval Hospital Bremerton employs MAP near and far to recognize Sailors

    Photo By Douglas Stutz | It took a MAP to get from Washington’s Kitsap Peninsula to Kandahar Province,...... read more read more



    Story by Douglas Stutz 

    Naval Hospital Bremerton

    It took a MAP to get from Washington’s Kitsap Peninsula to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

    The two locales are separated by 6,900 miles, 11.5 time zones, and one unexpected promotion.

    Hospitalman Sara Rockhold, a laboratory technician currently deployed from Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) to NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, received a long-distance announcement by NHB leadership that her commitment and responsibility were indicative of a higher pay grade.

    “HN Rockhold, are you demonstrating good leadership skills? People are talking, and we’re just not sure if you are performing at the level of an E3. Actually, what I’m hearing about you is that you are performing more like a petty officer. Which is exactly what you shall become as we MAP you to hospital corpsman third class,” shared Capt. Shannon J. Johnson, NHB commanding officer,

    Along with Rockhold, there were 12 other NHB Sailors recognized Sept. 3, 2019, as top performers and advanced in rate with the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2019 Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP).

    For Tkeyah Gibson, assigned to Branch Health Clinic Everett, her notification phone call from NHB leadership being advanced from hospital corpsman third class to second class was an astonishing moment.

    “I am speechless,” exclaimed Gibson, after hearing that she was living up to the expectations of a second class petty officer.

    “People have taken notice of your hard work and taking on leadership positions. We feel that you can live up to the responsibilities of the next higher pay grade. Congratulations,” said NHB Commander Master Chief Robert Stockton.

    MAP authorizes commanding officers to advance eligible enlisted Sailors in paygrades E5 and below to the next higher paygrade. The program gives commanding officers the opportunity to acknowledge those personnel who have demonstrated they are ready for the next level of responsibility by advancing them in rate. The program also grants greater authority to individual commands to better structure their manning levels, and overall helps the Navy by continuing to develop and reward talented Sailors.

    Those advanced to their appointment as a first class, second class, or third class petty officer in the United States Navy makes them heir to a long and proud tradition of naval leadership. By accepting the appointment, they are charged with demonstrating those standards of performance, moral courage, and dedication to the Navy and the nation which may serve as an enviable example to their fellow Navy men and women.

    Their desire to excel and to guide others must be boundless; their appearance must be a model for others and their performance must be a continual reflection of their sincerity, attention to duty and moral responsibility. By exhibiting unfailing trust and obedience towards superiors, cooperation and loyalty to their peers, and understanding and strength to subordinates, they will contribute greatly to the effectiveness and good name of the United States Navy.

    Joining Rockhold And Gibson in being MAP advanced were; Joseph Chavez, assigned to NHB’s Staff Education and Training, to hospital corpsman first class petty officer; advanced to hospital corpsman second class were Brittany Concepcion also with Staff Education and Training, John Conley of Labor and Delivery, Rommel Fenis of Urgent Care Clinic, and to logistics specialist second class, Juliana Toombe with Material Management. Advanced to hospital corps third class were Daniel Clinkscales assigned to Family Medicine, Claire Enriquez-Lovely, also with Family Medicine, Emma Nolan of Pharmacy, Adan Solan of Branch Health Clinic Bangor, Jasmine Stebbins with Branch Health Clinic Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and Jesse Turner of Internal Medicine.

    “We’re building up our team, one Sailor at a time. Sailors like these, who have been recognized for their hard work and strong leadership, make our command better,” stated Stockton.



    Date Taken: 09.03.2019
    Date Posted: 09.03.2019 22:01
    Story ID: 338240
    Location: BREMERTON, WA, US 

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