Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and 47th Chief of Supply Corps, awarded Supply Corps officers with the Naval Expeditionary Supply Corps Officer (NESCO) device June 9, 2014 at Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
Lt. Cmdr. Eric Coomes, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Mihaly, Lt. Cmdr. David Rodebush, Cmdr. Tracy Bloomquist, Cmdr. Michael Gomes, Capt. Gregg Lombardo, Capt. Jeffery Rathbun, and Capt. Rudy Geisler were awarded the NESCO device as part of one of many ceremonies around the Fleet.
Yuen said, “The officers standing before you today come from LOGSUs, EOD ESUs, Navy Cargo Handling Battalions, Seabee Battalions, and other Special Warfare commands. They served as commanding officers, AOICs, and supply officers. These warriors know how to fight, both literally and figuratively.”
In his opening remarks, Yuen explained that the expeditionary community was the only community without a Supply Corps warfare qualification. Three years ago, with a team championed by Rear Adm. Patricia Wolfe, and organized by Capt. Rudy Geisler, the process for an expeditionary standardized warfare qualification program commenced.
“A qualification program standardizes training, qualifications, and experience required of logisticians to best professionalize our force. We are the link to the warfighter and our support directly determines how we’ll fight in the future. Establishing this program is the right thing to do for the officers and the commands they support,” said Yuen.
By Tia Nichole V. McMillen, NAVSUP Office of Corporate Communications