Supply Officer Receives Batchelder Award

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Story Number: NNS140131-16Release Date: 1/31/2014 1:52:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Stuart Phillips, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Lt. j.g. Erik Sippel was presented the Vice Adm. Robert F. Batchelder Award for his exceptional operational performance in logistics in a ceremony held at the Pentagon, Jan. 30.

Sippel was recognized for his performance as the Disbursing and Sales Officer and Food Service Officer on board guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) during calendar year 2012.

The Batchelder Awards are named for the former Inspector General of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts, now known as Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP). According to the award citation presented from the Navy League of the United States, the award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding personal contribution to the supply readiness of the U.S. Navy's operating forces.

"As the recipient of the Batchelder Award, Lt. j.g. Sippel has been recognized for his direct impact to mission readiness sustaining the warfighter and always going above the call to duty to do what is right following the Supply Corps motto..."ready for sea".

The future of the Supply Corps looks bright with Sippel at the helm, charting the course and speed ensuring operational logistics success to the warfighters," said Capt. Michael Renegar, Shipyard Material Program Manager at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

Rear Adm. Paul J. Verrastro, director, Logistics Programs and Business Operations Division presented the award to Sippel.

"It's certainly a kind of validation for a lot of hard work on board the USS San Jacinto," said Sippel. "More than anything, it's a confirmation that I had some of the best guys and gals working for me and that it was their hard work that provided the argument for my consideration. Even the individual stuff like the qualifications - I wouldn't have been able to spend time up on the bridge, the helicopter control officer tower, or a repair locker if they weren't taking care of business down in the shop and keeping me out of trouble. They have my eternal gratitude, and I would be thrilled to work with them again."

Sippel's contributions include earning a variety of shipboard qualifications while leading his undermanned division to earn a score of 96.22 percent during the Supply Management Certification in February 2012. His efforts resulted in San Jacinto's Sales and Services division earning TYCOM's "Ship's Store Retail Excellence Award" as well as "Best in Class" for 2012.

"I learned early on that I'm a positive-reinforcement type of guy, and I respond best to that type of leadership rather than those who rattle off deadlines and yell," said Sippel. "So I tried to be that type of leader and did what I could to foster a positive team environment, and I think the best way to do that is by getting to know everyone, playing to strengths, and helping individuals reach their goals."

Sippel, a native of Stuart, Fla., graduated from the University of Florida in 2008 with dual Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Business Administration and History. He earned his commission in 2010 through Officer Candidate School in April 2010. Sippel is currently attached to Naval Sea Systems Command as an Integrated Logistics Support intern at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard.

The largest of the Navy's five systems commands, NAVSEA engineers, build, buy and maintain the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems. With a workforce of nearly 60,000 civilians and service members, NAVSEA has 33 field activities across 16 states.

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