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Employee Excellence Recognized at NETC

14 August 2018
Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) recognized the third quarter Junior and Senior Civilian of the Quarter (COQ) at an awards ceremony Aug. 13

Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) recognized the third quarter Junior and Senior Civilian of the Quarter (COQ) at an awards ceremony Aug. 13.

John Patrick Sanders, serving as the Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education enterprise ordnance program manager in the NETC logistics division, was selected as the Senior COQ. Originally from the Catawba Nation, South Carolina, Sanders retired from the Navy as a master chief petty officer before embarking on his civilian career 14 years ago.

“I am part of a great team and enjoy the camaraderie we have within the department and throughout the NETC command,” said Sanders. “We all play a vital role in supporting the warfighter.”

Sanders uses his weapons systems knowledge and applies Navy doctrine to fulfill all ordnance-related training obligations. Sanders is certified as an agency coordinator, information technology software officer and property administrator for the Navy in the Defense Property Accounting System.

"Mr. Sanders readily accepts additional challenges and provides focused management oversight on newly adapted accountability systems," said Capt. Frank Cervasio, NETC logistics director. "His efforts streamlined reporting and infused sound management considerations into the necessary data collection.”

On his off-duty time, Sanders is involved with the Boy Scouts of America as a troop leader, merit badge counselor and a member of the Mobile Area Council and as a sponsor of the Gulf Coast Council and Greater Alabama Council. Additionally, he spends time working with educational programs and leads special projects at Foley Middle School.

Stephen Patton, a training specialist at NETC Learning Site (LS) Corry Station, was recognized as the Junior COQ. He is the course supervisor for the Navy Instructor Training Course (NITC) and personally instructed seven NITC convening classes graduating 154 students with the instructor Navy enlisted classification code.

Patton, a native of Fairbault, Minnesota, has been instructing Sailors for 22 years while serving on active duty, as a contractor and now as a civil servant.

“Mr. Patton really is the local subject matter expert here at Corry Station,” said Lt. Stephen Kimball, Corry Station LS lead. “He always has a new and intuitive aspect on how the process can be further improved while still optimizing the attention and level of instruction each student gets, every time. Mr. Patton is able to ensure that every student that comes through the classroom doors, ranging in experience from E-5 to GS-15, is able to receive the training they need to go where they’re going next to accomplish their mission in support of the Navy’s goals.”

During the award period, Patton also mentored and qualified two instructors; validated numerous test items and revisions; resolved computer issues due to software updates and managed 14 facility service requests ensuring students trained in a safe and effective learning environment.

“Our NITC schoolhouse provides our future instructors,” said Patton. “I have the privilege of working with 24 new students every month who are in the mid-to-late part of their careers.”

The NITC course trains instructors in the principles of learning including effective communication and the use of instructional methods, strategies and techniques. 

“These fleet returnees bring their relevant experiences and learn proven techniques in our classroom to share those experiences with the ‘A’ and ‘C’ school students they will be training,” said Patton.

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