By Lt. Stephen Astafan, Public Affairs Officer
Navy Supply Corps School
Capt. Nick Rapley relieved Capt. Doug Noble as Commanding Officer of Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS), Newport, Rhode Island. Rear Adm. Michelle Skubic, Commander, NAVSUP and Chief of Supply Corps, and Capt. Jonathan Haynes, Commanding Officer, Center for Service Support, officiated the change of command.
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From right to left: Rear Adm. Michelle Skubic, Capt. Jonathan Haynes, Capt. Doug Noble, and Captain Nick Rapley salute the National Ensign during the change of command ceremony held at the Wheeler Center August 24th, 2018.
Rear Adm. Michelle Skubic praised Noble’s tenure as commanding officer. "Under Capt. Noble’s leadership, the schoolhouse completed an impressive 231 course convenes with a staff who performed more than 24,000 hours of instruction. Their efforts resulted in the graduation of over 5,000 fleet-ready students, 300 of whom are newly minted supply officers (SUPPOs) added to our Navy ranks. Thank you, Doug, for your innovative thinking and your exemplary leadership as you and your staff initiated our newest Supply Corps officers into the realm of operational planning."
Noble assumed command of the NSCS on July 15, 2016. NSCS is responsible for the initial training of all newly commissioned Supply Corps officers, as well as advanced training for supply department heads, and other technical courses.
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Capt. Nick Rapley departs with the Official Party as the new Commander of Newport, Rhode Island.
Noble deferred the credit for his successes to staff members, past and present.
“Thank you for your commitment to the future of our community,” said Noble on his last day in command at NSCS. “Your tireless efforts are crucial to our students’ success and are a critical component to ensuring that our officers are truly ‘Ready for Sea!’”
Noble was selected to the rank of Rear Admiral during his tenure, and his next assignment is as the special assistant for Audit Readiness, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller in Washington, D.C.
Noble welcomed Capt. Rapley and praised his career in logistics and his leadership.
Rapley, a native of Southern California, previously served as the SUPPO aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and most recently served as special assistant (congressional liaison) to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, USD (A&S), in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, OASD (LA).
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Capt. Doug Noble delivers his remarks to the crowd during the change of command ceremony.
"I am honored to take command today from a phenomenal leader who I’ve known for the better part of my career and who has done a tremendous job as the commanding officer,” Rapley remarked. “Captain Noble, you set the groundwork for my success. I am honored to follow in your footsteps and wish your family the very best as you head to your next tough job in the depths of the Pentagon. To the men and women of the Navy Supply Corps School, I am truly humbled to serve as your commander and thank you for the warm welcome."
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Capt. Doug Noble is awarded the Legion of Merit by Rear Adm. Michelle Skubic and Capt. Jonathan Haynes.
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Capt. Doug Noble and Capt. Nick Rapley transfer command at the Wheeler Center in Newport, Rhode Island.
-photos by Lt. Adam Johnson