5th Fleet AOR… OP Road Show joins USS HARRY S. TRUMAN on Deployment

 Capt. John Palmer and Cmdr. Michael McCormack took the 2014 Office of Personnel (OP) Road Show on deployment. 

 The Road Show, which travels each year to Supply Corps concentration areas around the world, presents Supply Corps officers with the latest news about community health, new developments, and opportunities for everyone from prospective Supply Ensigns to Captains.

 The Dec. 11 presentation aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) actually took place before the major fleet concentration areas, such as San Diego or Norfolk, Va., sending a strong message about Office of Personnel’s priorities.

Capt. John Palmer, Director of Supply Corps Personnel, gives opening remarks to Supply Corps officers and applicants aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during the Office of Personnel Supply Corps Road Show.  (Photo by MCSN Emily Blair)

Capt. John Palmer, Director of Supply Corps Personnel, gives opening remarks to Supply Corps officers and applicants aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during the Office of Personnel Supply Corps Road Show. (Photo by MCSN Emily Blair)

 “It shows our commitment to the folks fighting the fight,” explained Capt. Palmer, Director of Supply Corps Personnel.  “The face to face Road Show is a high priority for the Chief.”  Joining him was Cmdr. McCormack, the “Pit Boss,” responsible for O4 and below detailing.

 In addition to the Road Show presentation, both of the senior detailers conducted in-depth one-on-one interviews with all Truman Supply officers as well as those from USS Gettysburg (CG 64).  During the interviews, each officer had the opportunity to ask questions about their career and receive advice straight from the subject matter experts themselves.

 “As great as the Road Show presentation is, the personal interviews are the most valuable part of what we do out here,” Capt. Palmer said when talking about why they spend the time and money to travel around the globe to wherever Supply officers live and work.  “The sun never sets on the U.S. Navy Supply Corps and their duty.”

 There are other benefits as well.

 “It’s just great to get out of the office,” added Cmdr. McCormack.

 Using language common to the Supply Corps, the Road Show spoke in terms of “Inventory” (the number of Officers in the Corps), “Return on Investment,” when it comes to tour length, and “Assets,” the most valuable, of which is you.

 There was also a video played that featured a message from the new Chief of the Supply Corps, Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen.  “This Road Show is critical for the health of the Corps,” Rear Adm. Yuen emphasized.  “It tells you how to progress, succeed, and chart career paths that benefit you, the Navy, and the Supply Corps.”

 The Road Show was not just for officers.  Several enlisted Truman Sailors attended, and listened as prospective Supply Corps officers.  Capt. Palmer remarked that the experience provided from prior enlisted officers is invaluable.  At the same time, he mentioned continuing efforts to obtain new Chops from a variety of commissioning sources, such as Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) and the U.S. Naval Academy. 

 In the end, the OP Road Show is about mentorship.  “No other Navy community does it better,” stated Capt. Palmer when wrapping up the presentation.  Asked why the Supply Corps has such a great culture of mentorship, he replied, “I don’t know, but it’s not going to stop on my watch.”

 By Lt. j.g. Keith Hough, SC, USN

Disbursing Officer, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)