News from the Command Master Chief

CMDCM (SW/NAC) Shannon Howe

Supply family,

Autumn is upon us, where has the time gone in this virtual world of ours? This will be my first autumn in Mechanicsburg, and I’m looking forward to the trees changing as the foliage here is beautiful. This issue highlights our supply team’s daily contributions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to the mighty aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). But, before I touch on those topics I will make a few public service
announcements.

First – Advancement results. We’ve done well across the board, congratulations! For those selected, I challenge you to put your boss out of a job, whoever that boss may be: a second class, an LPO, a chief. I challenge you to continue to mold a legacy of excellence in your new leadership role. For those not selected, keep at it, ask the questions, and stay positive; your time will come. Read more – lead more, for both groups!

Second – Career updates and changes. There are a lot of changes ranging from PFA to advancement and evals. Visit the MyNavyHR site regularly and get on NPC to look at new NAVADMINs and ALNAVs at least once a week. Own your career and know all of the potential options for growth and advancement.

Third – Leadership. As you may have noticed, we have a new commander of NAVSUP, Rear Adm. Peter Stamatopoulos. He’s passionate, he’s real, and he’s all in. He’s the kind of leader you get pumped to go to work for; quite similar to his predecessor. He was the perfect selection to take the strongly burning torch from Vice Adm. Skubic and take our supply team to the next level. If you haven’t had a chance to check out his bio, please do.

And, if you haven’t heard, Vice Adm. Skubic has continued onward and upward, representing the supply family with brilliance. She was selected and confirmed to be the very first female Supply Corps officer in history to achieve the rank of vice admiral and is now serving as the director of the Defense Logistics Agency. The supply legacy is strong, shipmates.

Okay, onto COVID-19… though I’m a little tired of talking about COVID, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. So it has become a part of our daily battle rhythm as we execute critical missions; it continues to be our new “norm.”

Stay positive, embrace the change, and stay vigilant. Continue the practices that you’ve heard so many times. Face coverings, hand washing, distancing, sanitizing. More importantly, please make sure you’re coupling those with communication (stay close despite the distance), wellness (use resources when you need them), awesomeness in mission accomplishment, fitness,
and a little more sanitizing.

Lastly, a bit on Ford – “Integrity at the Helm” – a first-in-class, first redesign of an aircraft carrier in over 40 years. 100,000 long tons and over 1,000 feet of freedom honoring our 38th president with its name and motto, while aligning perfectly with our core values of honor, courage, and commitment. So, where do we fit in? Well, funny you should ask… Ford is complex, sophisticated, and lethal and it will need supply experts every step of the way as it continues post-delivery test and trials period and beyond, well into its expected 50-year lifespan.

With over 10 million feet of electrical cable and four million feet of optical cable alone – how important do you think getting the right parts at the right time to Ford will be? How about the 15,000 meals a day our culinary experts will serve? Or the ships store, barber/beauty shop, or laundry that our Sailors will serve in with distinction?

Be proud of your contributions; we own logistical sustainment and supply chain integration across the fleet. We wield the power of determining the quality of life for Sailors and families around the globe. We own Sailor care. Be proud and never underestimate the gravity of your positivity, initiative, competence, and character.

Please know I’m here if you need anything, career or otherwise – shannon.t.howe@navy.mil.

See ya in the fleet, soon, I hope. All Day, Every Day!

Fall 2020