Fleet Engagement Team Visits Pearl Harbor Sailors

Story Number: NNS140925-23Release Date: 9/25/2014 9:20:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Detachment Hawaii

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Representatives from the BUPERS Millington/Navy Personnel Command (BPM/NPC) fleet engagement team met with Sailors and leadership at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) Sept. 22-23 to discuss personnel policies and force management measures impacting the fleet.

The two-day visit to JBPHH was intended to update Sailors on Navy force-shaping initiatives. These discussions included topics such as advancement and how important that is in regard to Career Waypoints (C-WAY).

C-WAY (formerly Fleet RIDE) is the system that supports key Sailor decisions about their next career choice. Areas to which C-WAY applies include: reenlistment (formerly PTS/Perform to Serve), PACT designation (formerly REGA/Rating Entry for General Apprentice), conversion, transition between active component (AC) and reserve component (RC), and re-classification.

"The main purpose of this visit is to speak to the fleet," said Master Chief Electrician's Mate Ted Hillebrand, a fleet engagement team member. "In this case, we're talking to Sailors in Pearl Harbor and others throughout the island of Oahu about things that we feel and think are important to the Sailor's career and help them make the right decisions in regard to their career."

To demonstrate the Navy's willingness to ensure Sailors find themselves in their desired field, Capt. Bruce Deshotel, the head enlisted community manager of BPM/NPC Millington, assures all actions are being taken to ensure PACT Sailors are forwarded opportunities for gaining a career path within ratings which best align the Sailors skills/desires to the needs of the Navy.

Deshotel also said there is good news.

"For our fiscal year '13 and more recently recruited FY-14 PACT Sailors, relief is coming," said Deshotel. "We are committed to offering each Sailor the opportunity to get on the viable career path that is in sync with both our Navy's, as well as their requirements and desires. We primarily utilize the "RED" method, or rating entry designation. This basically allows a Sailor to fill a valid, vacant billet onboard the ship they're assigned. This is a win for the ship, the Sailor and Navy."

The BPM/NPC team is committed to providing Sailors opportunities for a career in the Navy.

According to Navy Region Hawaii career counselor Chief Navy Counselor Athena Allen, one of the new improvements under C-WAY will allow Sailors the opportunity to view important actions regarding their career pathway.

"It's important for the Sailors to hear directly from the subject matter experts," said Allen. "With funding constraints and sequestration, we're very fortunate to have them out here in the region, so it's very important that we do our best to support them and get every sailor possible to the briefings."

Sailors should also contact their command career counselor for more information on C-WAY.

The fleet engagement team travels to fleet concentration areas around the world in order to meet with Sailors and their leaders to provide the most current policy information and to gather feedback from the fleet. The team is scheduled to visit other areas of the island throughout the week. The other commands include Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific, Navy Information Operations Center, and Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay.

For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/npc/.

For more news from Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Hawaii, visit www.navy.mil/local/pacenhawaii/.

Master Chief Electrician's Mate Ted Hillebrand, fleet engagement team member from Navy Personnel Command, speaks to Sailors from various commands assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
140923-N-GI544-014 PEARL HARBOR (Sept. 23, 2014) Master Chief Electrician's Mate Ted Hillebrand, fleet engagement team member from Navy Personnel Command, speaks to Sailors from various commands assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during a fleet engagement seminar held at Sharkey Theater. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter)
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