Navy Supply Corps School Honors the Past, Embraces the Future

Sept. 16, 2014 | By scnewsltr
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Capt. Mark Pimpo, Navy Supply Corps School’s former commanding officer along with retired Vice Adm. Edward Straw, cut a ceremonial ribbon to open the new “Three-Star Wall,” at the NSCS school. The exhibit details the 19 supply officers, past and present who obtained the rank of vice admiral. The wall is also meant to honor the behind-the-scenes work of more than 50,000 Sailors who provide logistics and services to the fleet.
(Photo by MCC Shawn D. Graham)     Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 5 to unveil its new “Three-Star Wall” exhibit, which details the 19 supply officers, past and present, who obtained the rank of vice admiral. The wall is also meant to honor the behind-the-scenes work of more than 50,000 Sailors who provide logistics and services to the fleet.   The ribbon cutting was conducted by retired Vice Adm. Edward Straw and Capt. Mark Pimpo, former NSCS commanding officer.     “This memorial is to honor our trailblazers,” said Pimpo. “These Sailors have shattered the glass ceilings for our professional field.  Now it is up to all of us to live up to that legacy. I’m proud of the reputation the Navy Supply Corps has established throughout the Navy and the military. We have men like Vice Adm. Straw to thank for this. He not only inspired me, but also myriad other women and men throughout his Navy career.”     Straw is from Marysville, Pa., where he graduated from Susquenita High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned an ensign in 1961. He received his master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University, and is also a graduate of the National War College. He became the 11th director of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) on July 6, 1992.     “I am truly proud to be unveiling this new three-star wall which honors the 19 vice admirals in our 219 year history of the Navy Supply Corps,” said Straw. “Their images are important to the walls of this fine schoolhouse. Why do I say important? Let me give you three reasons: First- to show future graduates just how far you can go in our corps, second- to honor those who have gone before us and blazed the trail and third- to recall memories.”     “I reflect upon these photos and I remember all the help and constant encouragement by three of these men: Vice Admirals Wheeler, Lascara, and Grinstead gave me solid mentorship throughout my 35-year career.”     “I am certain that I wouldn’t be standing here today if it were not for these men,” said Straw. “We will never forget their inspiration and motivation. They all started from humble beginnings and were young ensigns standing where many of you are standing right now, but I am betting that someday a number of you, will have your photo on this very wall. Years from now, as you look at this wall, you will also remember those who helped you along the way.”     According to Lt. David Laws, NSCS international training instructor, the unveiling will also help junior officers understand the beginnings and traditions of the Supply Corps.     “This exhibit will help these young officers trace their lineage back to these exceptional Sailors,” said Laws. “Personally this helps me stay on track for my goals. These people worked very hard to achieve their goals and seeing their photos and knowing their stories tells me that I can do exactly the same.” By MCC(AW /SW) Shawn Graham, USN; Center for Service Support Public Affairs