Profiles From The Fleet: Ensign Colin Amerau

LT. JORDAN STEPHENS, SC, USN, ACCESSIONS OFFICER
OFFICE OF SUPPLY CORPS PERSONNEL NAVAL SUPPLY SYSTEMS COMMAND

Lt. Stephens: Tell me a little about yourself.

Ensign Amerau: I’m originally from Alexandria, Virginia. In 2010, I received an appointment to the Naval Academy by way of the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island. While at the academy, I was a member of the varsity football team and studied economics. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy in May, 2015, I went to the Basic Qualification Course (BQC) in June and graduated in November.

Ensign Amerau, leader of the Navy kickoff team, at home in Navy Marine Corps Stadium.

 

Stephens: Describe where you are now, what is your current job?

Amerau: I am currently stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Upon my arrival in November, 2015, I took over as disbursing officer. I’m now duel-hatted as the disbursing officer (S4) and hazardous materials officer (S9).

Stephens: How do you think you have changed since Supply Corps School? What have you learned and what do you wish you knew back then?

Amerau: I definitely have a much broader view of the role the Supply Corps plays in our Navy. I didn’t really appreciate all the moving parts of a fully operational supply department until I arrived aboard my first ship. There is so much that happens day-to-day that I wasn’t aware of coming out of BQC. Seeing how a supply department is the backbone of an operational warship through the services and support we provide the crew has been a very eye-opening and educational experience.

Overall, I think the schoolhouse does a very good job of preparing new Supply Corps officers for the fleet. What I would tell new graduates is to soak up every bit of knowledge they can at their first command. Spend time observing and asking questions about other divisions and how they function and what their role is. Odds are you could be in that job in some capacity eventually.

Ensign Amerau kicking off to start the annual Army vs. Navy game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Stephens: How do you think playing Division I football prepared you for life in the Supply Corps?

Amerau: Playing at Navy taught me a multitude of important lessons that I carry with me to work every day. I think most importantly, I learned about the value of humility and selflessness. I was a small part of a team and an organization with a strong commitment to success. Not unlike being on a ship, you are expected to work hard and earn the respect of your peers and teammates or you will struggle to keep up and you find yourself fighting an uphill battle. Navy football is a disciplined, well-oiled machine; full of committed and hardworking people. I was proud to be a part of the team, just as I am here on Lincoln.

Stephens: What advice would you give to students in the BQC currently?

Amerau: Take advantage of the wealth of experience you have at your fingertips at the schoolhouse. Find an instructor who has done a tour on the same platform that you have either been selected for or are interested in and talk to them about their lessons learned. You will find that many of those lessons will help you be better at your job upon your arrival.

Stephens: What do you hope to accomplish by the end of your tour?

Amerau: I hope to obtain my Naval Aviation Supply Officer qualification and get selected for an internship.

Stephens: What do you hope to do for your follow-on tours? Where do you see yourself as a lieutenant?

Amerau: I’d like to eventually make my way back to sea as a department head on a cruiser or destroyer as a lieutenant. Life on a carrier has been great, and I have learned a ton. I like the idea of applying what I have learned here on a smaller ship. I think that’s probably an opportunity for immediate leadership, and I look forward to the challenge.

May/June 2017