U.S. Navy Supply Corps Celebrates 221st Birthday

In February, we celebrated the 221st anniversary of our United States Navy Supply Corps’ founding. Our 221-year history validates our steadfast readiness and ability to adapt to changing requirements around the world, standing shoulder to shoulder as warfighters to accomplish the Navy mission.

The Supply Corps’ proven track record of providing exemplary supply support drives increasing demand for our community’s services. We are positioned throughout our Navy’s operating forces, whether afloat, ashore, in an expeditionary role, with Naval Special Warfare forces, or embedded with our Joint partners. We bring critical support to the fight and are expected to demonstrate moral excellence in all we do–especially when it comes to leading by example. Embodying Chief of Naval Operation’s core attributes of Integrity, Accountability, Initiative, and Toughness means having the grit to always do what is right–no matter how hard, challenging, or uncomfortable. We must not waiver.

Delivering combat capability through logistics is a delicate balance of combining the right personnel with the right skills in the right places at the right time. We are asked to serve in positions that test our every skill, testing our values of honor, courage, and commitment. These difficult situations are opportunities to distinguish our Corps as the most trustworthy officers. Embrace these moments and use them to build upon our rich and proud heritage that began on February 23, 1795, when Tench Francis was appointed as the first Purveyor of Public Supplies by President George Washington.

Thank you and your families for the many sacrifices you have made in service to our country.

Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen

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March/April 2016