U.S. Navy Supply Corps Celebrates 223rd Birthday on Feb. 23rd!

Flash from the Commander NAVSUP and Chief of Supply Corps U.S. Navy Supply Corps Celebrates 223rd Birthday on Feb. 23rd!

The Supply Department aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) celebrated the birthday of the Supply Corps. The youngest Sailor, CSSR Dekoreon West, and oldest Sailor, CSC Enrique Holgado, are joined by the Commanding Officer, Capt. L. G. McCullen, and Supply Officer, Cmdr. Keith Capper. –photo by MC3 Cosmo T. Walrath

Two hundred twenty-three years ago, our U.S. Navy Supply Corps was born. One of the oldest staff corps in the Navy, the Supply Corps dates back to February 1795, when President George Washington appointed Tench Francis, a Philadelphia businessman, as the country’s first purveyor of public supplies. Francis unified a group of independent pursers under a single organization, which eventually became our Navy Supply Corps. At its inception, the Supply Corps supported the Navy’s six frigates. Our duties and responsibilities expanded as the Navy grew, and we remained focused on providing the support to ensure mission success.

Commanding Officer, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella, Capt. Dion English, celebrates the 223rd Supply Corps birthday with members of the supply community stationed in Sigonella, Sicily. The oldest Supply Corps officer in attendance was Gerry Harms, NAVSUP FLC Sigonella Executive Director, and the youngest was Lt. Mitch Fusilier, a member of the command’s operations department. –photo by Tia Nichole McMillen

In our current environment, we must be prepared to win the fight tonight and be ready for tomorrow. Standing shoulder to shoulder with warfighters in the operational arena, the Supply Corps delivers global logistics support to Navy and joint warfighters. Supply Corps officers are the Navy’s premier logisticians, trained and employed in supply chain management, contracting, information technology, financial management, and operational logistics. Focused on the warfighters who depend on us, we continue to refine our processes to better apply resources to improve the quality of the support we provide.

Capt. Eric Oxendine, associate director, Contracts (SEA 02); Alvin Hill, senior procurement analyst, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition; Ensign Dereck Mann, Internal Review & Evaluation Division (FMO-4); and Vice Adm. Tom Moore, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, prepare to celebrate at the Navy Museum Cold War Gallery on the Washington Navy Yard. –photo by Laura Lakeway

With one third of our Supply Corps officers in operational billets at any given time, we take great pride in our readiness. We ensure we develop the competencies to support the mission, have the character to make ethical decisions, and are prepared to meet the physical, intellectual, and psychological challenges of a combat environment. In short, we are aligned with the National Defense Strategy as trusted team members to deliver the Navy the nation needs in any and all circumstances.

I am truly thankful for each and every member of our diverse Supply Corps team, and I value the unique talent you each bring to the fight. Your professionalism and commitment to Navy and our Nation is unsurpassed.

Join us as we celebrate 223 years of a rich heritage of being “Ready for Sea.” Happy Birthday U.S. Navy Supply Corps!

J. A. YUEN
RADM, SC, USN

Spring 2018