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Rear Adm. David Pimpo looks on as Capt. Kristen Fabry’s husband presents his wife with the shore command pin.
In a bittersweet and sometimes emotional ceremony held in the court yard of the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) on June 6, Capt. Mark R. Pimpo retired after 24 years of dedicated service. He served as the commanding officer of NSCS since June 2012. In his remarks, he thanked his family for their patience and love, especially that of his wife.
After graduating from the Naval Academy where he played football, Capt. Pimpo attended NSCS in Athens, Georgia. While in Athens, he met his wife while running. He reported to the USS Valley Forge (CG 50) as the assistant supply officer shortly thereafter. He returned to NSCS Athens as an international studies instructor, then served on the USS Maryland (SSBN 738), and the USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2). He also worked at Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville, Florida, and at Naval Supply Systems Command in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
Capt. Pimpo said that being the commanding officer of NSCS was his “dream job since [he] was a student as an ensign.” He mentioned that his career in the Navy started 30 years earlier at Naval Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island, and, “It is only fitting that [he] retired in the same place where the journey began.” He went on to say that he believed there was no better job for him because he felt like he would have the greatest effect on future leaders of the Navy by being the commanding officer of NSCS.
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Capt. Mark Murphy, Capt. Mark Pimpo, Capt. Kristen Fabry, Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, and Rear Adm. David Pimpo stand together as the ceremony’s official party.
The event’s officiating officer was Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command, and 47th Chief of Supply Corps Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen. Capt. Pimpo’s brother, Rear Adm. David Pimpo served as the guest speaker and stated that he was “lucky” to have a little brother that he “looked up to.” Both brothers brought laughter to the ceremony as they shared their experiences growing up and serving in the Navy together.
After assuming command, Capt. Kristen B. Fabry became the first female commanding officer in the history the Navy Supply Corps School. She is from Silverdale, Washington, and a graduate of the Naval Academy and Harvard Business School. Capt. Fabry has served on board the USS San Diego (AFS 6), USS Decatur (DD G 73), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). She reported to NSCS from Naval Supply Systems Command where she served as assistant commander for personnel (N1), director of supply chain management (N31), and chief of staff.
By Lt.j.g. Heather Hutchison, SC, USN; Navy Supply Corps School