Story and Photo by HMC (FMF) Barry N. Floyd
After many months of hard work and dedication, seven sailors aboard USS Comstock (LSD 45) were awarded the coveted Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Enlisted Warfare Specialist Insignia, May 15th.
This qualification insignia of the United States Navy can be earned by enlisted members of the Navy assigned to the Fleet Marine Force of the Marine Corps who complete the required steps of the program.
This program, or the Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist (EFMFWS) Program, involves passing a written test and oral test, spending one year with a Marine Corps unit, passing the Marine Corps physical fitness test and demonstrating the knowledge of breaking down weapons, land navigation, and combat communications.
The Corpsman aboard USS Comstock have constantly been pushing themselves and each other throughout pre-deployment work-ups and participating in theater security cooperation (TSC) exercises while deployed.
To wear the insignia shows that determination, hard work and teamwork are still important in reaching their goal.
They would like to say thank you to the following personnel that assisted with the selection board: CDMMC (SW/FMF) Kel Carter, HMCM (SW/FMF) Phil Nafus, HMC (FMF) Barry N Floyd, HM1 (FMF/SW/PJ) Reggie Demapelis, HM1 (SW/FMF) Jennifer Bowman, HM2 (FMF) Richie Secody, HM2 (SW/FMF) Jayson Lazaro.
From left to right: HN (FMF) Langsteiner, HM3 (FMF) Sansone, HM3 (FMF) Griffith, HM2 (FMF) Bumbard, HMC (FMF) Floyd, HN (FMF) Mielcarek, HM1 (FMF/SW) Gundino, HM1 (SW/FMF) Bowman and HMCM (SW/FMF) Carter.
Kneeling: HM2 (FMF) Secody