From NSF Deveselu Public Affairs
NAVAL SUPPORT FACILITY DEVESELU, Romania (March 1, 2018) Despite facing the challenges of more than 12-inches (30 centimeters) of snow over the course of two days and a quick-fire adventure from one Sailor to travel out of country and pickup exams, the first class petty officer candidates on board Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu were able to take their advancement exams on time.
Senior Chief Yeoman Nashera Brown, who serves as the admin officer on board NSF Deveselu, endured the winter storm to travel from the rural south central town of Deveselu, Romania to Sigonella, Italy to pickup her Sailor’s exams so they would not have to wait and take the late exam.
“It started at 0200 in a taxi heading to Bucharest with the roads saturated with snow and visibility affecting the driver’s ability to see,” said Brown. “We pulled over several times to remove ice and clean the windows. We kept pushing forward braced for shock as the car swerved down the road; I just kept praying, he kept driving but I knew in my heart everything would work out.”
According to Brown, the exams were originally supposed to be flown in to nearby Craiova, Romania on Feb. 26, but due to inclement weather the flights were cancelled. Upon notice of the flight’s cancellation, NSF Deveselu decided to take action so that their Sailors could take their exams.
“Our location does not easily support the expeditious receipt of exams, substitute exams can take up to three months to arrive due to our location,” said Brown. “This can demotivate our Sailors who have put in so much time and effort to prepare.”
Seven total Sailors were able to take their regularly scheduled exams thanks to the efforts of their command; many expressed his appreciation for taking the exam on time.
“Taking my exam on time meant a lot to me,” said Sanchez. “This shows that the command cares for us and our futures, the leadership was willing to go above and beyond, even in terrible weather conditions, just to ensure we would be given the opportunity to advance.”
Until the end of February, NSF Deveselu had experienced a mild winter compared to years past. With the late February snowstorm inability for the exams to arrive the command had to take action for their Sailors.
“Having the opportunity to take the regularly scheduled exam shows how much the leadership here care about their Sailors and support our careers,” said Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Lamar McNeal. “Going through all the obstacles, from extreme weather and short notice travel to insure that we were able to take our shows they want us to have the best chance to advance.”
According to Brown, she alone was not responsible for the exams making their way to Romania on time. She extended her gratitude to every command and individual that made it happen including: Commander Task Force, 63, Naval Support Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) Fleet Mail Center Sigonella and NAVSUP FLC Sigonella.
“Once I saw the exams it felt like I had truly accomplished something that seemed nearly impossible,” said Brown. “Despite the odds, this experience reminded me that nothing is too hard if you only try, try and try again, especially when it involves good will towards others.”
NSF Deveselu and AAMDS Romania are co-located with the Romanian 99th Military Base and play a key role in ballistic missile defense in Eastern Europe. Their operations enable the responsiveness of U.S. and allied forces in support of Navy Region Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia's (NAVEURAFSWA) mission to provide services to the fleet, fighter and family. NAVEURAFSWA executes the eight lines of operations ashore to support the United States and allied forces operating in the Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia area of responsibility.
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