USNH GTMO Logistician Recognized Navy-wide

Story Number: NNS140609-24Release Date: 6/9/2014 8:42:00 PM
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By Stacey Byington

Guantanamo Bay (NNS) -- Lt. Jenny Frasco, MSC, the Materials Management Department Head for U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay (USNH GTMO), has been recognized as the Navy's Junior Logistician of the Year.

Frasco is recognized for achievements performed in an operational environment, at a medical activity or specialty command.

Frasco was recommended for the honor by Capt. Daryl Daniels, MC, commanding officer of USNH GTMO, saying, "Lt. Frasco is a dynamic leader, supervising a staff of 13, encompassing military, contracted and civilian employees. She is a committed leader who brings a positive energy to the workspace."

Cmdr. Edrion Gawaran, MSC, Director of Medical Logistics for the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, made the announcement of the selection through an email and Navy message stating, "Naval medical logisticians are doing a tremendous job planning, obtaining and maintaining the required equipment, consumables, and services for the effective and efficient delivery of health care support throughout the Navy and Marine Corps."

The award was based on specific justifications including leadership and management ability, technical expertise, organizational support and responsiveness, material and cost savings, procedural enhancements, and contributions to audit readiness efforts. Lt. Frasco's nomination package encompassed five pages, with numerous accolades in each category.

"Lt. Frasco empowers and motivates her employees through her dedication to the mission," said Daniels. "She continually leads by example repeatedly challenging her staff by setting clear goals and creating 'buy in' for departmental process improvement initiatives."

Other bullets in the nomination included working with purchasing staff to manage schedules and workloads, effectively reducing due-ins by 73 percent, and improving inventory controls to reduce excess inventory by $7,000. Additionally, Frasco personally reviewed more than 1,435 government purchase card transactions, valued at $1.7 million, ensuring all supporting documents were appropriately circled, signed, and dated, in compliance with audit readiness.

Frasco is a native of Rockford, MI, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from Michigan State University, a Master of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University, and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint. She was commissioned as a direct accession into the Navy Medical Service Corps in June 2010, and after Officer Development School, reported to Naval Health Clinic Quantico, Va., where she led the effort for the Quantico clinic to become the first Military Treatment Facility to obtain Level III National Committee on Quality Assurance recognition.

She attended the financial and material management training course at Walter Reed Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Md., and then earned sub-specialty designators for Logistics and Comptroller, and passed three modules of the Certified Defense Financial Management exam. Lt. Frasco transferred to USNH GTMO as department head of Material Management in August 2012.

When asked about her thoughts on her selection for this honor, Lt. Frasco said, "It demonstrates we have an incredibly talented and dedicated team of material management staff who, when asked, answer the call. This is our award because I could not, and would not have been able to accomplish any of this without my trusted staff."

Frasco added that she enjoys her work in and for the Navy. "I am proud to put on the uniform and come to work every day, even on those days when I know it will be a challenge. I know I have a job that is truly mission-essential and I can make a difference."

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