BY LT. ERIN TORTORA, SC, USN NAVY SUPPLY CORPS SCHOOL
The Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) dedicated its Heritage Brick Wall in a ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 12 in the courtyard at Wheeler Center. NSCS is continuing this tradition from its former home in Athens, Georgia, before relocating to Newport, Rhode Island, in 2010. The wall is a replica of the original, still standing at Royer Square. The bricks represent the officers and Sailors of the supply community, as well as the family and friends who have served alongside their loved ones every step of the way.
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On the west side of the courtyard at Navy Supply Corps School, the Supply Corps Heritage Wall exemplifies tradition at Wheeler Center. The bricks represent the officers and Sailors of the supply community, as well as the family and friends who have served alongside their loved ones every step of the way.
Commanding Officer Capt. Kristen Fabry unveiled the three distinctive gold bricks that stand out on a special section of the wall, in honor of three Supply Corps officers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in the war on terror. The Navy Supply Corps Foundation Newport Chapter sponsored these bricks as a memorial to these honorable men.
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Navy Supply Corps School Commanding Officer Capt. Kristen B. Fabry and Lt. David Weinstein, an instructor for the Basic Qualification Course - Naval Reserves, unveil three gold bricks on the Navy Supply Corps Heritage Wall in a ceremony on Nov. 12.
The first is Lt.j.g. Stephen Byus of Wellston, Ohio. He was a graduate of the Basic Qualification Course Navy Reserves (BQC-NR) 77th Company who was killed Sept. 16, 2014, by a vehicle borne improvised explosive device attack outside U.S. Special Operations base in Kabul, Afghanistan. He left behind his wife and two children.
Lt. Cmdr. Keith Taylor’s name is engraved on the second brick. A native of Irvine, California and graduate of BQC-NR 58th Company, he served during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Lt. Cmdr. Taylor was killed on Jan. 29, 2005, in a rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. He left behind his wife and three children.
Finally, Cmdr. Phillip Murphy-Sweet of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is honored on the third gold brick. Cmdr. Murphy-Sweet and his wife have three children. He served during OIF and was assigned with Naval Inventory Control Point Contracting in Iraq. Cmdr. Murphy-Sweet was killed on April 7, 2007 by an improvised explosive device while traveling to Rassafa, Iraq.
This wall, engraved with the names of our Supply Corps family members, is a legacy, commemorated to inspire us and stand as a historical marker that is embodied on the foundation of the NSCS motto “Ready for Sea.”