CAPT John Palmer and CDR Michael McCormack took the 2014 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.
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131211-N-RY581-004 GULF OF OMAN (Dec. 11, 2013) - Capt. John Palmer, director of supply corps personnel, gives opening remarks to Supply Corps officers and applicants aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during the FY14 Office of Personnel Supply Corps Road Show.
The 11 December presentation onboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) actually took place before the major fleet concentration areas, such as San Diego or Norfolk, sending a strong message about Office of Personnel's (OP) priorities.
“It shows our commitment to the folks fighting the fight. The face to face Road Show is a high priority for the Chief,” remarked CAPT Palmer, the Director of Supply Corps Personnel.
Joining him was CDR 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,” said CAPT Palmer when talking about why they spend the time and money to traveling around the globe to wherever Supply Officers live and work. “The sun never sets on the US Navy Supply Corps and their duty.”
There are other benefits as well.
“It’s just great to get out of the office,” added CDR 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, RADM Jonathan A. Yuen.
“This Road Show is critical for the health of the Corps,” said RADM Yuen. “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 were in attendance, listening 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 NROTC and the US Naval Academy.
In the end, the OP Road Show is about mentorship.
“No other Naval 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.”
Points of contact:
LTJG Keith A. Hough (Pri)
LCDR Bradley C. Carroll (Alt)
USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75)
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by LTJG Keith A. Hough
LTJG Keith A. Hough serves as the Disbursing Officer onboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75). His prior assignments include USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) and COMPHIBRON ONE in San Diego.
The Supply Corps Road Show travels to Supply Corps concentration areas each year to present the latest news, developments and opportunities within the community. Harry S. Truman, flagship of Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations, conducting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Emily Blair/Released)