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Sailor earns meritorious promotion through advancement program

By Nathan Hanks | Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany | August 22, 2017


Initiative and community involvement is what made now-Petty Officer 3rd Class Quinn A. Mincey, corpsman, Dental Department, Naval Branch Health Clinic-Albany, Georgia, stand out among his peers on a recent Meritorious Advancement Program board.

Mincey was promoted to his current rank, meritoriously, during a ceremony held at NBHC-Albany, Aug. 7.

Mincey, who does not hold the navy enlisted classification of a dental technician, stated he set himself apart from the other Sailors on the board because of his work in the dental department.

“I believe I was meritoriously promoted because I stepped up in the dental department and learned as much as I could in such short amount of time,” he revealed. “(I have been) certified to work the Sterile Processing Division in dental department, volunteer for numerous organizations in the Albany community, and basically do any task that is brought to me.”

According to the 22-year-old, Vidalia, Georgia, native, this was his first meritorious promotion board.

“When I was told about two months ago that I was going to be considered for meritorious promotion, I was nervous,” Mincey said. “Today, I feel very honored.”

The promotion brings more responsibility and trust from his superiors, he said.

Mincey, whose naval career began April 3, 2014, is among 16 Sailors within Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida, and one of 1,606 Navy-wide to receive the meritorious promotion.

Chief Petty Officer Louis D. Simpson, senior enlisted leader, NBHC-Albany, spoke highly of Mincey’s professionalism and leadership.

“(Petty Officer 3rd Class) Mincey is a reserved professional, often quietly making things happen and exceeding expectations on all levels,” Simpson said. “His willingness to take on dynamic tasks provides the clinic leadership the flexibility to meet the mission throughout many manning shortfalls.”

Simpson explained Mincey was promoted under the Navy's Meritorious Advancement Program.

“This is a new program that is only two years old, replacing the old Command Advancement Program that allowed only certain operational commanders the ability to recognize and advance Sailors,” he said. “This new program is in alignment with the Chief of Naval Operations goal to recognize more Sailors that are performing, regardless of duty station. 

“This year, MAP will account for approximately 10 percent of all E4-E6 advancements with 4,199 MAP quotas, an increase of more than 1,100 from 2016,” Simpson concluded. “The MAP is designed to give commanding officers greater authority to recognize superior performance and advance their very best Sailors.”