Two hundred twenty years ago on February 23, the Navy Supply Corps took root in history when President George Washington appointed Tench Francis, Jr., a prominent Philadelphia merchant and lawyer, as the country’s first Purveyor of Public Supplies, supporting six frigates during a time of tremendous change in our country.
Keeping pace with change and the Navy’s expanded mission, the Supply Corps carries forward Tench Francis’ charge, serving the vital function of supplying the Navy with items essential to the operation of ships, aircraft, and facilities, as well as providing fuel, food, transportation, and quality-of-life services to military personnel and their families in areas far and wide.
Whether we are at a shore assignment; on a submarine in Norfolk, Virginia; on a DDG in San Diego, California; on an aircraft carrier home ported in Yokosuka, Japan; or deployed with a Seal Team or EOD Platoon, we serve side-by-side at sea with expeditionary forces to optimize the larger naval supply chain to make it more effective, efficient, and flexible.
You make this happen not only because you are an expertly trained and highly skilled officer corps, but because of your reverence for tradition and moral excellence, combined with flexibility and willingness to change. We are constantly learning and challenging the way we think, which is one reason doing what is right and honorable rests in your hands. Whenever you follow-through with parts deliveries, feeding your crew, signing off on a load-out, or supplying a ship’s store, your actions define the standard for morale within your command, the Supply Corps, and the Navy.
Hold true to the tremendous legacy you’ve inherited. Hold true to our rich tradition, to the trust we are given, to ethical standards, and to the country we serve. Hold true to yourself.
Be proud of our Supply Corps’ distinguished accomplishments, and know that no matter where you are in the world, I am thankful for each and every one of you for your commitment to our Navy and nation.
May God keep our Supply Corps steadfast, our Navy strong, and our homeland safe. Happy Birthday, Navy Supply Corps!
J. A. YUEN
RADM, SC, USN