Carl Vinson Officer Receives Rear Adm. Thomas R. McClellan Award

Story Number: NNS091104-14Release Date: 11/4/2009 10:07:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Heather Roe, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, VA (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) Air Department operations officer recently received the Rear Admiral Thomas R. McClellan Award for Academic Excellence in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Cmdr. Jim "Steamer" Stanley started his two-year course consisting of eight quarters while serving at the Pentagon in Washington. The classes were teleconferenced to Monterey, Calif. from a classroom at the Naval Reactors Headquarters in the Washington Navy Yard. He earned 54 credit hours upon completion of the course.

"This degree was focused on financial management for the Navy," said Stanley.

He finished in the top 10 percentile of the school, completing with an Executive Master of Business Administration with Financial Management Specialty. The Rear Admiral Thomas R. McClellan Award is given to the top Aviator of the overall course.

Stanley believes obtaining an education while in the Navy is inexpensive and a great opportunity.

"I always wanted to get an Executive Master of Business Administration degree (EMBA) and to do this outside of the Navy could cost [a great deal]," said Stanley. "So I got a $90,000 education and only had to pay for the books."

Stanley studied topics such as accounting courses, management of an organization and Department of Defense finance and budgeting.

Stanley is a great example to junior Sailors aboard Carl Vinson when it comes to managing shipboard duties and college courses.

Personnel Officer, Lt. j.g. Anitra Joseph, the former educational services officer, believes it's important for Sailors to receive education while in the Navy.

"The military gives Sailors every opportunity to get college credits whether it's through NCPACE or Tuition Assistance," said Joseph, the personnel officer. "As a junior Sailor, you should always strive for excellence and never settle. Always go for the next level."

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