BY LT. JASON L. POTVIN, SC, USN PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER NAVY SUPPLY CORPS SCHOOL
Capt. Doug Noble relieved Capt. Kristen Fabry as commanding officer, Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS), Newport, Rhode Island, during a change of command ceremony held on July 15 at the schoolhouse. NSCS had the honor of having Rear Adm. (ret.) Lenn Vincent on deck as the guest speaker. Rear Adm. (ret.) Vincent is an accomplished Supply Corps officer, businessman, and educator. His military career spanned 32 years and included a mix of afloat and shore assignments. Upon conclusion of his active service, he completed another 16 years of service as a consultant, and as a professor and industry chair at Defense Acquisition University. He holds a master’s in business administration from George Washington University and Level III Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certification in contracting and logistics.
Vincent started his remarks by highlighting Capt. Fabry’s tour as commanding officer. “My purpose here today is simple; to recognize the significant contributions of Kristen and [her husband], thank them for their service, and introduce and welcome Doug and [his wife]. Kristen’s service matters most because of her positive influence on the lives of the hundreds of men and women she has led, and those she has helped to succeed.”
Vincent ended his speech by giving a warm welcome to Capt. Noble and his family. “Let me now offer a warm welcome to the Navy Supply Corps School – the Nobles. While it’s clear that the Fabrys will be a tough act to follow, it’s equally clear to me that everyone here at the Navy Supply Corps School and its many supporters in the community will soon join me as members of the Noble fan club.”
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Capt. Kristen Fabry receives the Legion of Merit from guest spe aker Rear Adm. (ret.) Lenn Vincent
Following Rear Adm. (ret.) Vincent’s remarks, Capt. Fabry addressed NSCS staff, students, family, friends, and distinguished guests. She highlighted several members of NSCS for their leadership and performance, dedication, and everything NSCS has accomplished as a team over the last two years. “I have reflected quite a bit over the past couple of weeks about what I am most proud of and the list is really too great to cover in the next couple of minutes but I would at least like to give you a snapshot. In addition to leading, developing, and inspiring our over 2,000 students in 22 courses, for 12,000 hours in 24 locations across four countries annually, I am proud of the things we have accomplished in this new schoolhouse facility.”
Capt. Fabry thanked families and friends for their support throughout her tour as NSCS commanding officer. “I could not do what I do each and every day without the love and support of each and every one of you and for that I am eternally grateful. In closing, thank you to everyone in the audience today as nothing that has been achieved in this command over the past two years could have been accomplished without you.”
Capt. Fabry’s next assignment will be at U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Capt. Fabry and her family are very excited for the new opportunities that await them at Fleet Forces. “Leaving command is bitter-sweet. My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed the Newport community and it has been a tremendous honor to be a part of the Navy Supply Corps School’s great mission to provide our students with the personal and professional foundations for success. We do look forward to the adventures and challenges that await us in Norfolk and for the opportunity to get back out to the Fleet!”
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Capt. Doug Noble assumes command from Capt. Kristen Fabry
Her previous assignments include serving as the assistant stock control, sales officer, automated data processing and underway replenishment officer on USS and USNS San Diego (AFS/T-AFS 6) completing three Mediterranean deployments and supporting operations in Haiti; pre-commissioning supply officer of USS Decatur (DDG 73); principal assistant for Logistics, Principal Assistant for Services, and assistant supply officer on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during an extended deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Southern Watch; and supply officer, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Some of her notable shore and staff assignments are Navy Acquisition and Contracting Officer internship and customer service director at Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center, Puget Sound, Washington; Plans, Programs, and Policies officer on the N41 Staff Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S Pacific Fleet; and NAVSUP where she served as assistant commander for Personnel (N1), director of Supply Chain Management (N31), and chief of staff.
Following Capt. Fabry’s remarks, Capt. Noble addressed NSCS staff, students, family, friends, and distinguished guests, “As your commanding officer, I look forward to continuing the fine tradition of this schoolhouse and preparing the next generation of supply officers, our reliefs, to meet the challenges ahead capably and skillfully.”
Capt. Noble is a 1989 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. Capt. Noble was commissioned a Navy Supply Corps officer in May 1989. He earned a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University.
Capt. Noble is coming from NAVSUP, where he served as the assistant commander (ACOM) for Supply Operations and Logistics Policy (N3/N4). As the N3/N4 ACOM, he was responsible for daily operations across the NAVSUP Enterprise, engaging on issues ranging from supply chain management of complex repair parts to quality-of-life issues such as food service, household goods, and disbursing.
Capt. Noble’s previous tours include a variety of operational, fleet support and supply chain management positions. At sea, he served as supply officer, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71); supply officer, USS Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN 631 BLUE); supply officer, USS Charlotte (SSN 766); and stock control officer, USS Independence (CV 62). Capt. Noble’s ashore tours include assistant business officer, formerly known as NAVSUP Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Yokosuka, Japan; career counselor and assistant officer community manager, NAVSUP Office of Supply Corps Personnel, Millington, Tennessee; customer operations department head, Naval Inventory Control Point, Philadelphia; distribution division action officer, Logistics Directorate, Joint Staff (J-4); Supply Programs and Policy Branch, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N412), and Strategic Programs Division chief and executive officer, Defense Logistics Agency Headquarters.