Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathleen O’Keefe
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dugan Flynn

The Navy’s Supply Corps has been providing essential supplies to the fleet for 216 years and supports the lives and missions of Sailors all over the world.

Stennis celebrated the Supply Corps birthday yesterday during a cake cutting ceremony in Ward Room 3.

“We touch every department,” said Cmdr. Kristen Fabry, Stennis’ Supply Officer. “I think we have one of the biggest influences on morale day to day. We help out food services, the barber shop and laundry. We make sure we have everything to keep the ship going.”

In 1795, the burgeoning Supply Corps, led by the country’s first Purveyor of Public Supplies, Tench Francis, supported the Navy’s six frigates. Since that time, the corps has evolved to provide services to hundreds of ships and shore commands around the globe.

The Supply Corps is composed of 2,694 active duty and 954 reserve officers who are the Navy’s premier logisticians and business professionals. They are supported by more than 19,000 supply community enlisted personnel, which include logistics specialists, ship’s servicemen, and culinary specialists.

“It is my belief that at any command, morale rests in the hands of those in the Supply Department,” said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/SW) Rick D. West. “Whether delivering a much needed part, supplying items within the ship’s store, or preparing the meals for our Warriors, those actions can single-handedly set the tone for morale within a command and the Navy.”

Last year the Supply Corps filled more than 600,000 requisition orders from the fleet, processed nearly $5.6 billion in sales and served more than 92 million meals at more than 300 afloat and ashore Navy galleys.

Aboard Stennis, supply officers continue to work together to provide all necessary items as the ship prepares to sail through INSURV and onto its scheduled deployment this summer.