USNA to Philadelphia 22JAN15-25JAN15
The Art of 360º Mentorship
By: MIDN 2/C Olivia Trevorrow
Engage. Enable. Envision. Pennant 1 CO’s guiding principles. MIDN 2/C Andrew Bell has trekked across mountain ranges, both literally and figuratively, completed the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon, and has come a long way from his position as a consistent Bearing Taker two years ago. MIDN Bell, now the CO of Pennant 1, wished to implement change on the squadron and make the experience better-rounded for members of the Naval Academy’s Yard Patrol Squadron. He remarks, “I did not like how I was constantly one position for the entirety of my plebe year in YP Squadron.” MIDN Bell stayed SWOtivated and now is in charge of how his own pennant operates, emphasizing a greater and broadened experience for all of the midshipmen crew.
MIDN Bell’s vision of engaging, enabling, and envisioning came to life on his first distance transit of the semester and as CO. Pennant 1 recently made the transit to Philadelphia in both daytime and nighttime conditions. In the first few hours of the Movement Order, from 2300 to 0330, 4/C Julie Dejnozka, was conning Pennant 1 on her transit to Philadelphia. The second half of the transit, a brand new 2/C affiliate of YP squadron, myself, who had never before seen the northern Chesapeake or Delaware River, took the Conn, with the assistance of MIDN Bell, and MIDN 2/C James Brisotti and MIDN 3/C Christian Jaunich, two seasoned veterans of YP Squadron. Throughout the transit, the CO ensured that everyone, from the Bearing Takers to the Helm and Lee Helm, was able to experience a variety of positions on the bridge. The officers and chiefs led the more experienced members of YP Squadron, and they in turn led the newcomers.
Before the transit to Philadelphia, LCDR Rogers, the Seamanship and Navigation Department’s Operations Officer, asserted the importance of Positional Authority. On Pennant 2, LT Bonner, USCG, was the OIC and LCDR Hetherington, USN, was the AOIC. An O-4 was under an O-3 in the chain of command, again underlining the sentiment of all-around mentorship. On the transit from Philadelphia to Annapolis, the same plebe, 4/C Dejnozka, conned Pennant 1, while 3/C and 2/C worked under her on Lee Helm and as Navigators. Though 4/C Dejnozka had been in YP Squadron half as long as her subordinates on the watch team, she was driving the ship.
CAPT Byrne emphasizes a Brigade–wide training vision of 4500 training 4500, entailing in there being a 360º training program. The 1/C, 2/C, and 3/C are involved in the 4/C’s training and the plebes are just as important of a component to the development of the upper class. The same holds true for Pennant 1. The newcomers are just as essential of a part as the more experienced members, as the veterans and staff take away a great deal from instructing and leading the novice members. As Aristotle concluded simply, “The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.”
Below are brief summaries and images from the YPRON Movement Orders