By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrea Perez, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs Office
MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- Rear Adm. Cynthia A. Covell relieved Rear Adm. Donald P. Quinn as commander of Navy Personnel Command (NPC) and Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel (DCNP) in a ceremony Jan. 20.
During his remarks Quinn thanked all the Sailors, civilians and even a small contingent of Marines for their support and dedication in operating what he refers to as “the engine room of the Navy” because NPC powers the fleet.
“Everything we do here effects Sailors and their families,” said Quinn. ”This is a high-volume, high-emotion line of work and we touch every Sailor in the fleet. It is all about the balance between the demands of the Sailors and the demands of the mission.”
For nearly three years, Quinn was responsible for the NPC/Bureau of Naval Personnel Millington enterprise composed of more than 2,500 personnel and an annual combined budget of more than $950 million.
According to guest speaker Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, chief of naval personnel, Quinn’s efforts were key in the career management and retention of the Navy’s very best Sailors while faced with the demands of meeting mandated end-strength requirements.
“First and foremost (Quinn) is brilliant. He has led every aspect of this truly dynamic command,” said Van Buskirk. “He is passionate about doing the right thing for the men and women who serve in our Navy.”
Under Quinn’s authority and direction, numerous force-shaping programs were improved, resulting in the optimization of Perform-To-Serve as well as the execution of the Senior Enlisted Continuation Board, the Enlisted Retention Board and the Selective Early Retirement Board.
Incoming CNPC, Covell, is ready to assume the helm and continue the mission, according to Van Buskirk.
“NPC and BUPERS must continue to work together as a team, maturing the supply chain, transforming personnel business processes and practices, using IT (information technology) to make processes smoother,” said Covell. “Together we continue to recruit, develop, retain, transform and transition Sailors. It is mission first, Sailors always.”
Covell is a native of Michigan and received her commission via Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., in 1980.
Her last assignment was as director, Total Force Requirements Division. She also previously served in Millington as commanding officer of the Navy Manpower and Analysis Center.
NPC/BUPERS, based at Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, employs about 2,500 personnel and helps manage and execute human resources for the Navy’s more than 400,000 active and reserve component Sailors.
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