OP Visit to USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77)

BY: LT. DAVID J DISANTO , SC, USN
S-6 AVIATION SUPPORT OFFICER
USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH CVN 77

Underway in the Persian Gulf, providing direct support for Operation Inherent Resolve, USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) had the unique opportunity to take part in this year’s Office of Supply Corps Personnel (OP) Roadshow. Supply Officer Cmdr. Jason Adams and his supply team welcomed Capt. Marty Fields and Cmdr. Chris Newell for their brief 24-hour stopover. Coordination was paramount between supply department, strike operations, Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Two and Carrier Strike Group Two to facilitate the air transfer plan and ensure Navy Personnel Command detailers and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) supply officers could arrive on station for the 2017 OP Roadshow without affecting critical mission tasking. It was major league logistics in full effect.

Capt. Fields briefs the 2017 OP Roadshow.

 

This trip also involved direct support from the “Tridents” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Nine which provided airlift for three Supply Corps officers from the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) to George H. W. Bush. These officers took advantage of this opportunity to view this year’s presentation and sat down with their detailer for individual record reviews and career guidance.

Cmdr. Newell conducts a record review and provides guidance with Lt. j.g. Sena from USS Phillipine Sea (CG 58).

Reflecting on the event, the Philippine Sea supply team, led by Lt. Robert Fritsch, expressed that they had a great experience with the OP visit. “Utilizing resources to get two officers from Bahrain and all three officers from the cruiser to the carrier really showcases how far the Supply Corps is willing to go to reach out to every single Supply Corps officer. The only thing that would have made this experience better would have been to make the trip an all day event thus giving both our supply teams the opportunity to network and partake in the entire OP experience. The opportunity to take a look around and see a large deck supply operation in motion was fantastic; departing the carrier with a critical aviation part and some miscellaneous consumables was a bonus that serves to show the Supply Corps always takes the opportunity to assist one another…That was a great sight!”

In all, 20 Supply Corps officers to include a lieutenant commander from the Royal Navy and a limited duty officer select had the opportunity the watch the Roadshow, meet with their detailer, and gain valuable insight into what detailing means for the Supply Corps in 2017. The Royal Navy’s primary liaison officer for the future aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), Lt. Cmdr. Gordon Clark, expressed the following: “The OP Roadshow provided a fascinating insight into the career structure of U.S. Navy Supply Corps officers. There are clear areas of similarity with Royal Navy logistics officers and some areas where we follow different paths. As our two navies continue to work as closely together as ever, developing understanding of each other’s skills and abilities as military logisticians is most beneficial.” Clark was embarked on CVN 77 for three months to gain logistical insight into deployed carrier operations.

Being a newly selected supply limited duty officer, Logistics Specialist 1st Class Paul Grissom had many questions on the progression of his new career path. For the seasoned petty officer, having Fields and Newell come out to explain the process and expectations of every Supply Corps officer through their own career path was eyeopening and educational. While there are many different paths to choose, Fields laid out how to successfully navigate to the top of the ranks. Grissom remarked, “Being able to sit down one-on-one with Capt. Fields and discuss my own options shows just how the community is working hard to help every officer become a valuable asset. It makes me proud that I will be apart of it.”

Supply Corps officers from USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) and US S Philippine Sea (CG 58) come together aboard CVN 77 for the 2017 OP Roadshow. Front Row: (L to R) Lt. Lopez, Lt. Fritsch, Lt. Bing, Capt. Fields, Ensign Crawford, Cmdr. Newell, Ensign Andersen, Ensign Henry. Back Row: (L to R) Lt. Folster, Lt. Cmdr. McIntyre, Cmdr. Adams, Lt. j.g. Smith, Lt. Travis, Ensign Antwi-Nimarko, Lt. Cmdr. Lattus, LS1 Grissom, Lt. Roberson, Lt. Buensuceso, Lt. j.g. Sena, CW03 Germer, Lt. DiSanto, Lt. Cmdr. Clark (Royal Navy). –photos by CVN 77 Media Department MC3(SW/AW/IDW) Michael Zingaro

 

As the OP Roadshow team departed George H. W. Bush via a C-2A Greyhound from the “rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40, they left a realistic picture and imparted keen insight on the officers who attended this year’s festivities. Bound for the United States to complete the remaining 2017 OP Roadshow circuit, it is fair to say that the time and effort to take advantage of this opportunity left a lasting impression on the newest officers in the Supply Corps and our international counterparts. At the conclusion, Adams closed with, “This was a great event. The Roadshow is one of the things that makes the Supply Corps special. The opportunity to hear firsthand from the community lead about who we are, what we value, and where we are going is unique – no other community does that!”

July/August 2017