PORT HUEMENE, Calif. - Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Reina Reyes, NOSC Ventura County has navigated her way into a new career through the Nurse Corps Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECP).
MECP is a commissioning program for those already in the Navy. It gives qualified enlisted men and women from all ratings a chance to earn an entry-level nursing degree followed by an appointment as an Ensign in the Nurse Corps.
Capt. Ronald Oswald, commanding officer, NOSC Ventura, gathered the entire crew and congratulated Reyes on her selection to participate in MECP.
"Her selection to the Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program is well-deserved for an outstanding sailor," Capt. Ronald Oswald, commanding officer, NOSC Ventura.” “I commend her on personal commitment and complete dedication to our mission. Her personal excellence and committed drive to achieve a goal that is thought of sometime as unattainable to most, is what separates her from an extremely keen and competitive field; she does not accept no for an answer."
Reyes is one of 45 sailors Navy wide selected for MECP, according to NAVADMIN message 031/14, released Feb. 19.
"This is something I wanted my whole life," said Reyes, who completed 60 semester hours of undergraduate courses accepted for transfer toward a bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. “I was just determined and didn't want to give up," she said. "Thanks to the determination and the support of my command, I was able to get it this time."
Reyes has been on active duty for 11 years and has been assigned to Naval Air Station, Atlanta, PHIB CB ONE, Coronado, Calif. and NOSC, Ventura County for almost four years.
Since checking in to NOSC Ventura County in April 2010 as a second class petty officer, Reyes has been driven by a desire to impact her department and the command as a whole. She credits several people, particularly Chief Yeoman (EXW/AW) Vanessa Gutierrez, for providing her with sound guidance, exceptional leadership and the opportunity to excel.
"Chief Gutierrez became my mentor and gave me some sound advice early on," Reyes said. "Chief Gutierrez gave me the opportunity to be a leader in the department and the command. Her daily mentorship and support has helped me to succeed in more ways than one. I've learned a great deal from her and everyone I've worked with."
Gutierrez is proud to see Reyes achieve her goal.
"Petty Officer Reyes is the quintessential MECP candidate and one of the most professional and dedicated sailors I've ever had the pleasure of serving with," Gutierrez said. "Her leadership ability, commitment to excellence and challenging opportunities to excel are the qualities that will assure her success as a naval officer. It's sailors like Petty Officer Reyes that give me comfort in knowing that the future of our Navy is in great hands."
Reyes has offered some advice for those thinking about not only applying for the MECP program but also general keys to a successful Navy career.
"Always improve yourself professionally and personally every year," she said. "Volunteer for challenging positions and then do something once you're there. Get involved with your sailors, work center, division, department, command and the community."
NOSC Ventura County, located in Port Hueneme, Calif., conducts training, administration and execution of Navy Reserve policy for approximately 1,200 reserve sailors in 39 administratively assigned units.
For more information about Naval Base Ventura County at http://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrsw/installations/navbase_ventura_county.html or learn more about NOSC Ventura County’s current events at https://www.facebook.com/NOSCVenturaCounty/info.