Faces of MSC – Connie Beriones

Cornelia (Connie) Beriones has sailed with Military Sealift Command for more than 10 years, moving up from the entry-level position of supply utilityman to purser. The following blog takes a look at some of her experiences during her at sea.

Connie Beriones

Connie Beriones

Originally from the Philippines, Beriones joined the U.S. Navy in 1990. While sailing overseas, Beriones met some MSC employees who recommended she consider a career with MSC when she transitioned from active duty. She left the Navy in 1994 and was hired on with MSC in 1995. Beriones decided to join the command because it gave her the opportunity to put the skills she acquired while in the Navy to practice and continue to earn great benefits.

Beriones understands being promoted in MSC takes a lot of hard work. While sailing as a supply utilityman, she put in the time to help advance her career, which is advice that she would give to any CIVMAR wanting to advance in the organization. There are plenty of opportunities to learn new skills while underway.

Even though hard work has helped her to obtain her current position, it has not been all work and no play. Beriones enjoys the shipboard life, and when off duty she spends most of her time reading, exercising and keeping in touch with family in the Philippines and friends worldwide. She has also enjoyed travels with MSC to Spain, Italy, Greece, Malta, France and Portugal.

While sailing aboard the former USNS Saturn, Beriones met her husband, also a CIVMAR, who came aboard in 1998 as an engine utilityman and is now sailing as a 2nd assistant engineer.

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