Sailor receives meritorious advancement at DLA Maritime Pearl Harbor

By Victor Mayo DLA Maritime Pearl Harbor

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Navy Logistics Specialist 2nd Class (Surface Warfare/Aviation Warfare) Matthew J. Fernandez of Defense Logistics Agency Maritime Pearl Harbor received a meritorious advancement to Logistics Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) from Cmdr. Thomas Marszalek, DLA Maritime Pearl Harbor Detachment Director, on July 31. Fernandez was pinned by his wife, LS2 Rosalba Fernandez and their 4-year-old daughter, Kayla.

DLA Maritime Pearl Harbor leadership nominated Fernandez as the unit’s Meritorious Advancement Program candidate and he was selected by DLA Headquarters for promotion. This is the second consecutive year a DLA Maritime Pearl Harbor candidate was advanced to First Class Petty Officer through this prestigious, highly competitive program. MAP provides commands the opportunity to recognize their best Sailors by advancing them when they are ready for the next level of responsibility. The program provides greater authority for commands and the Navy to better shape their workforce by developing and rewarding their best talent.

Fernandez is the Intermediate Maintenance Facility warehouse supervisor and leads a team of three DLA Sailors who process, track, receive and issue high priority material in support of the IMF’s maintenance team. He also serves as a supply duty officer, which is the focal point of contact for after-hours supply support throughout the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. In addition, his collateral duties include assistant command career counselor, assistant command pass coordinator, command culture committee representative, assistant safety officer and departmental training coordinator.

In his off-duty hours, Fernandez is enrolled in an Associates of Arts Degree program at Pennsylvania State University, volunteers as a Morale Welfare and Recreation youth football head coach, an elementary school volunteer and as a USO information clerk at the Honolulu International Airport.