Tellis promoted to rank of commander

Cmdr. Shikina M. Tellis, daughter of Joseph and Agnes Nealious of Aiken, was promoted to the rank of commander on Sept. 7, at the Naval Medical Logistics Command, stationed aboard Fort Detrick, Frederick, Md.

Tellis is the Operational Forces Support deputy director where she oversees the day-to-day operations required to provide medical equipment and consumable life cycle logistics services to the Naval Operating Forces.

Presiding over her promotion ceremony was Capt. Keith L. Sykes, Naval Supply Systems Command, assistant commander for acquisition logistics in Washington, D.C. He said Tellis left in her wake a trail of success that featured standing processes and procedures, mentoring relationships that have nurtured numerous budding careers and an attention to detail that separated her from her peers.

“It is because of your tenacity that the Navy Supply Corps is confiding in you the trust to wear the uniform and to assume the duties of a commander in the United States Navy,” Sykes said.

Tellis thanked Sykes for his comments and thanked everyone who brought her an ‘informal yet memorable day and ceremony to life.

Tellis is a 1992 graduate of Silver Bluff High School. She attended the University of South Carolina in 1997, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. She was subsequently commissioned in the United States Navy that same year.

Tellis served aboard USS Supply (AOE 6), USS Detroit (AOE 4), and USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and completed deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf in support of operations Southern Watch, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. She also completed a joint deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She is a qualified Surface Warfare Officer. Her shore duty assignments were in Norfolk, Va., and Washington, D.C. She reported to Navy Medical Logistics Command in April 2012.

Her awards include the Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards) and various unit and campaign awards.

She is married to Lt. Cmdr. Charles Tellis ,and they have three children.