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Magnolia Graduate Recently Awarded

By Staff | May 8, 2019

The Achievement Medal is presented to Sophia Herrick.

Corporal Sofia Herrick, United States Marine Corps, was recently awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievment Medal by The Secretary of the Navy, R.N. Rusnick. She was awarded for her professional acheviement in the superior performance of her duties while serving as the maintenance control expeditor, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 12 from August 2017 to December 2018.

Corporal Herrick performed her duties in an exemplary and professional manner. She managed the tracking and issue of over 1,700 requisitions, which directly contributed to the squadron fling over 3,600 sorties.

Her initiative to create a secondary pre-expanded bin enabled the squadron to deploy concurrently to multiple sites thur greatly increasing the unit’s combat readiness. Her precise management of material while deployed aborad the USS WASP as part of the 31st Marine expeditionary unit during the F-35B’S first ever at-sea deployment was critical to the safe and efficient execution of 170 sorties and 185.6 flight hours. Corporal Herrick’s initative, perserverance, and total dedication to duty relected credit upon her and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Corporal Herrick was hand selected to serve as the Maintenance Control Expeditor based on her F-35B Lightning II supply experience thus allowing her to shape processes that fit the many situations unique to a maturing F-35 program. In most cases, these were first time occurrences in fleet operations. Corporal Herrick quickly distinguished herself from her peers and was assigned as the Maintenance Control Day Crew Expeditor. Her tenacity was vital to the regularization of operations following the full squadron relocation from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, AZ to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan in early 2017, making VMFA-121 the first ever forward-deployed F-35B squadron.

Yet another notable achievement, Corporal Herrick produced a local tracking system to account for Marine Aviation Logistic Squadron-owned Pre-Expended Bin (PEB) items when the squadron was divided for two concurrently occurring detachments. ALIS does not have a method to split inventories, so Corporal Herrick hand counted over 3,000 individual pieces and organized a traveling PEB container to support maintenance when away from home station. Her efforts greatly influenced the squadron’s capability to accomplish the mission while operating in two separate locations, a common occurrence.

Corporal Herrick continuously sought to pass on her knowledge and expertise to junior and senior Marines alike. She helped foster and train six additional expeditors which will allow the squadron to continually achieve a high operational tempo and ensure trained personnel are available for multiple operating locations.

Corporal Herrick expertly managed the Material Control Program during her time with VMFA-121. She received an ‘On Track’ grade during two first MAW inspections and one Commander of Naval Air Forces inspection. Her astute understanding of Aviation Supply processes and tenacious dedication to mission accomplishment made her a valuable asset to VMFA-121.

Corporal Herrick’s dedication, initiative, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon her and the United States Naval Service.

Sofia is the daughter of Michael and Siniva Herrick. She graduated from Magnolia in 2016. She spent two years in working out of the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan and now is stationed in Yuma, AZ (Marine Corps Air Station).