BY LT. WES HITT, SC, USN, N41 NAVY EXPEDITIONARY COMBAT COMMAND
The expeditionary force is growing in numbers and the multi-task attitude within the community is both rewarding and exciting for fellow supply officers.
As Supply Corps officer roles have matured over the past decade, the Naval Expeditionary Supply Corps Officer qualification device recognizes and validates the significant contributions former, current, and future officers have made or will make in the expeditionary environment.
Supply Corps officers’ roles have increased within Navy Expeditionary Combat Command’s multiple subordinate units, to include Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Support Units, Coastal Riverine Force, Navy Construction Force, Expeditionary Warfare Development Center, Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center, and Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group.
As a supply officer attached to Coastal Riverine Group TWO, Combat Service Support Detachment (CSSD) deployment locations consist of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Kuwait. Deploying to the Central Command area of operations, a CSSD supply officer will be charged with spearheading the logistical support for missions throughout Kuwait, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman. While dealing with warfighting efforts, a CSSD supply officer will have the opportunity to work on multi-million dollar contracts for various items that include lodging, vehicles, fuel, and various other service-related items that a deployed unit may encounter.
A day in the shoes of a deployed expeditionary CSSD member is always unpredictable but exciting at the same time. You will be a department head making on-the-spot decisions and having to understand a balance among local government rules, holidays and religious customs that can make for a different experience than being stationed stateside. Every supply officer should experience the great opportunity of an expeditionary tour to give themselves a different perspective on both the Navy and supply system.