Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) announced its junior and senior Civilians of the Quarter (COQ) for the second quarter of calendar 2019 at an awards ceremony Sept. 18.
Fire Controlman (Aegis) 1st Class Kurtis R. Franciose was recognized at a previous ceremony as the Sailor of the Quarter (SOQ) for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019. Jennifer Jaffurs is NETC’s senior COQ, and Charles Britton is the junior COQ.
Franciose, a native of Orlando, Florida, has served as the accession detailer for the fire controlman, mineman, and electronics technician ratings in NETC’s Supply Chain Operations (N3) division for 20 months.
“I was definitely taken by surprise. Being selected for Sailor of the Quarter is great because it is a reflection of all the hard work being put in,” said Franciose. “I really appreciate the recognition, but I couldn’t do my job without the people in many other organizations working together in the mission to make the Navy stronger and more efficient.”
He is responsible for the professional development and career management for 1,107 Sailors within the combat systems community. Whether detailing and processing 868 sets of orders throughout 107 training paths or increasing the distribution of combat systems orders for students to four weeks prior to graduation, Franciose has sought out ways provide more incentives for students to perform their best in “A” and “C” schools.
“Petty Officer Franciose delivers chief-level results in all aspects of his duties,” said Kent Miller, NETC N3 director. “He is a dynamic and compassionate Sailor who is sincerely dedicated to self-improvement and the personal and professional growth of his constituents. He demonstrates pride by the conduct of his character, superb communication skills, and has a persistent desire to use teamwork to accomplish the mission.”
In his spare time, Franciose gives back to his community by serving as an assistant soccer coach and assistant coach for health and fitness and volunteers his time working with gymnastics teams.
Jaffurs, born into a military family, started her journey in Sacramento, California but spent most of her childhood in Dayton, Ohio. She has worked as a procurement analyst, now senior analyst, in NETC’s Logistics (N4) division for 18 years, as part of a 35-year-long career in the contracting field.
“I was really honored to be singled out when I work with such outstanding and smart teammates,” said Jaffurs. “I feel very fortunate to work for NETC and to be able to have the opportunity to support our military education and training objectives, from one of the most beautiful bases in the United States.”
Planning, coordinating and executing NETC’s Service Requirements Review Board for $61 million in contracting actions is one example of Jaffurs successful contributions to the NETC mission.
“Jennifer performed well beyond expectations throughout the quarter,” said Cmdr. Christopher Swanson, NETC N4 staff logistics officer. In addition to her own duties, she covered the duties and responsibilities of another procurement analyst vacancy.
“Her willingness to step in to cover this unexpected vacancy ensured NETC-domain Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) personnel and Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs) received the support they needed to be successful in their DAWIA & COR positions,” said Swanson.
Off duty, Jaffurs participates in bird conservation efforts in the local area. Throughout the year, she is involved in various other community events such as an annual family fishing tournament.
Britton, a “Navy brat,” claims hometowns of Charleston, South Carolina; Chicago; and Pensacola, Florida. He has served as a NETC security specialist since April 2014.
“I was surprised and shocked to hear I had won,” said Britton. “It feels good knowing the NETC Security Office is getting recognized for the work we do for the members of NETC.”
He tracked and managed about 800 military, civilian and contractor background investigations.
James Brough, NETC security manager, commented on Britton’s work ethic and dedication to the command.
“He provided exceptional customer service while troubleshooting and assisting NETC domain security managers,” said Brough. “Extensive knowledge of the various personnel security programs allows him to independently troubleshoot issues and take appropriate actions necessary to resolve them and train the security manager to resolve future issues themselves.”
In addition to serving as a security specialist, Britton was described as “a true team player.” He has served on the command’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Committee. Outside of work, Britton volunteers by creating props and costumes benefitting the local humane society.
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