BY LT. JASON POTVIN, SC, USN, NAVY SUPPLY CORPS SCHOOL
Calling all hard-charging and motivated chief petty officers (CPOs) within the Logistics Specialist (LS), Ship’s Serviceman (SH) and Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AZ) rates. The Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) is looking for CPOs who have distinguished themselves within their rate and are recognized as “role model” deck plate leaders to help train the Navy’s newest Supply Corps officers as well as Fleet Sailors. If a CPO truly wants to have a “global impact”, the NSCS offers deck plate leaders the opportunity to train and influence Supply Corps division officers, senior enlisted leaders, department heads as well as senior department heads before they assume their roles throughout the fleet. Furthermore, the NSCS provides numerous “short courses” such as Relational Supply (RSupply), Expeditionary Logistics, Reserve Supply Management Advanced Refresher Training (RESMART), Joint Aviation and Maintenance Material Management that support Sailors and Marines from throughout the fleet. There are few commands within the Navy that offer CPOs the opportunity to truly influence future and existing leaders on such a global scale.
The NSCS is located in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island, overlooking the Pell Bridge and Narragansett Bay on Naval Station Newport. The beautiful scenic area of New England offers a wide variety of liberty options such as easy day trips to New York, Massachusetts and Maine. In addition to a challenging and rewarding professional environment, duty at the NSCS provides staff members rewarding quality of life for both themselves and their families. While the winters do tend to get cold with snow, the spring, summer and fall offer one of the most desirable climates with incredible vistas proving why Newport is such a popular tourist destination.
Due to the impact and importance of the command’s mission, everyone assigned to the NSCS is handpicked. NSCS officers, chiefs and civilian staff must exude the professionalism and polish required of leaders and instructors who are expected to set a positive example in appearance, accomplishment and professionalism in order to mold our future leaders. CPOs assigned to NSCS serve with six active and four retired CPOs. In addition to being influential billets, CPOs assigned to NSCS get competition among other upwardly mobile CPOs and are afforded visibility and engagement with senior leaders within the Supply Corps and Navy. Depending on timing and performance, NSCS CPOs get an opportunity to serve as the senior enlisted leader to the O6 Commanding Officer.
Logistics Specialist Chief (LSC) Jeffrey Howell is just one of the hand-selected CPOs currently assigned to NSCS. When asked how coming to NSCS has benefited him, LSC Howell states, “it has helped me stay engaged with my shipboard Navy Supply knowledge and it has also helped me mentor junior officers at an extremely early stage in their careers.” LSC Howell continued, “I am able to instill in them the purpose of a good relationship between the Wardroom and the CPO Mess and why it is so important to not only them but to the command as a whole.” Many of the NSCS CPOs have expressed how becoming an instructor has expanded their leadership scope. LSC Howell explained that as an NSCS instructor, his leadership style has become more dynamic, assertive, and diligent. By his engagement with today’s Sailors and young officers, he is able to adjust his leadership and instruction style to better compliment the students’ learning style at the grassroots level to continually place emphasis on receiving and communicating accurate information.
Additionally, NSCS CPOs have the distinct privilege of being among the first chiefs our newest Supply officers interact with. Through their daily interactions, classroom time and officer leadership oversight, NSCS CPOs are directly influencing future division officers on what they can expect from their CPOs and how to effectively work with the CPO Mess all while maintaining proficiency within their established rate through the role of a subject matter expert.