PANAMA CITY, Florida – Petty Officer 2nd Class Jesse Reeves was meritoriously advanced to E5 under the Meritorious Advancement Program by Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command Sept. 28. Reeves, who graduated from Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood, appeared shocked when he was brought front and center before Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, USN, and presented with the on-the-spot, no-test advancement. As of Sept. 28, 2016, Reeves is authorized to receive E5 pay and wear the appropriate insignias and chevrons.
“I am very thankful and surprised,” Reeves said.
According to Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division Executive Officer Cmdr. Paul Werring, USN, Reeves was advanced to the next paygrade for his superior accomplishments as a Navy Diver assigned to NSWC PCD’s Dive Locker, work as a member of the Auxiliary Security Force aboard Naval Support Activity Panama City, and his volunteer efforts.
“Your appointment as a petty officer in the United States Navy makes you heir to a long and proud tradition of naval leadership. By accepting this appointment, you are charged with demonstrating those standards of performance, moral courage, and dedication to the Navy and the Nation, which may serve as an enviable example to your fellow Navy men and women,” read Werring during the ceremony.
MAP, the Meritorious Advancement Program, replaced the previous enlisted program, Command Advancement Program (CAP), in July 2015. According to NSWC PCD Master Diver Steve Askew, CAP was limited to meritorious advancements to at-sea commands only. “CAP was only for sea-duty commands, and now it’s extended to multiple times a year,” said Askew. The new program offers commanding officers and higher echelon commands more flexibility to recognize Sailors for meritorious service. Like CAP, MAP is a tool to recognize top talent in an effort to retain our best and brightest Sailors.”
To be eligible for MAP, Reeves had to complete a minimum of 12 months onboard NSWC PCD, which is his permanent duty station, and meet time-in-rating, or job, requirements.
NSWC PCD is one of three U.S. Navy commands that support military diving operations and is called the Home of Military Diving. For more than 60 years, the Navy base in Panama City, Florida has supported Fleet dive operations, to include naval special warfare mission work. NSWC PCD is a research, development, test and evaluation Navy command that creates tomorrow’s technologies and supports dive programs used today by Fleet divers.
Jacqui L. Barker is with the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs.