Navy Supply Corps (United States)
|U.S Navy Supply Corps|
Supply Corps staff officer insignia
|Active||23 February 1795 - present|
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||U.S. Navy (Active & Reserve Component)|
|Role||Sustain U.S. Navy and U.S. Military Operations worldwide|
|Size||~3565 Supply Officers|
|Nickname(s)||Suppo, Chop, Pork Chop|
|Motto||"Ready for Sea"
"Ready, Resourceful, Responsive"
|Engagements||Every U.S. engagement since the 1798 Quasi-War|
|RADM Jonathan A. Yuen, SC, USN
Chief of Supply Corps
The United States Navy Supply Corps is the United States Navy staff corps concerned with supply, logistics, combat support, readiness, contracting, and fiscal issues.
Commissioned officers in the Supply Corps practice a variety of disciplines, including supply management, expeditionary logistics, inventory control, disbursement, financial management, contracting, information systems, operations analysis, material and operational logistics, fuels management, food service, and physical distribution.
Supply Corps officers are widely distributed throughout the Navy and Department of Defense; they are typically billeted to a ship or shore activity's supply department, or to a supply unit or command, such as Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Groups (NAVELSG), Fleet Logistics Centers (FLCs) or Navy Special Warfare (SPECWAR) Logistics Groups which support the United States Navy SEALs.
Ratings that compose the U.S. Navy enlisted supply community are:
- Culinary Specialist (CS) - manage and execute all food service operations
- Logistics Specialist (LS) - assist in managing inventories of parts, supplies, and mail
- Personnel Specialist (PS) - assist with the disbursement of funds
- Ship's serviceman (SH) - assist in managing shipboard retail and service activities
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The official motto of the Supply Corps is "Ready for Sea" - reflecting the Supply Corps' longstanding role in sustaining warfighting. This motto derives from the traditional report from each Department Head of a ship to the Captain prior to an underway: the traditional form is "Good Morning, Captain, The Supply Department is ready for sea in all respects."
Supply Corps officers are often called "Pork Chop" within the wardroom, a reference to the Supply Corps oak leaf insignia's superficial resemblance to the bone-on meat product. Supply Corps officers assigned to submarine duty are known simply as "Chop" for the same reason. Supply Corps officers are sometimes colloquially called "Suppo," although this term is technically reserved for the Supply Department Head (nearly always the senior Supply Corps officer at a command).
Current Navy policy dictates that Supply Officers complete two operational tours and obtain a warfare pin for consideration for Lieutenant Commander (O-4) boards.
As staff corps officers, Supply Corps officers are eligible for command of supply units (e.g. a supply Corps officer is always in command of Naval Cargo Handling Battalions). Supply Corps officers also serve in forward deployed land-based units (e.g. with Construction Battalions working alongside Civil Engineer Corps officers and with the Marine Corps).
Three stars (Vice-Admiral) is the highest rank a Supply Corps officer can attain. Nineteen Supply Corps Officers have advanced to that rank: William J. Carter, E. G. Morsell, Edwin Dorsey Foster, Charles W. Fox, Murrey L. Royar, A. A. Antrim, Stephen R. Edson, Robert F. Batchelder, Joseph M. Lyle, Kenneth R. Wheeler, George E. Moore II, Vincent A. Lascara, Eugene A. Grinstead, Edward M. Straw, Keith W. Lippert, Justin D. McCarthy, Alan S. Thompson, Mark Harnitchek and William "Andy" Brown.
- John Bello — founder and CEO SoBe Beverages; President NFL Properties 1986-93
- Norman Cahners — business publisher and inventor of the four-way pallet
- Eddie Carlson; CEO, United Airlines
- John Whitehead; Chairman, Goldman Sachs
- Benjamin Edwards — President, Chairman, CEO, A.G. Edwards, Inc.
- Roger Enrico — CEO, Pepsico
- A.G. Lafley — CEO, Procter & Gamble
- Bruce Laingen — U.S. Ambassador to Malta
- Melvin R. Laird — Secretary of Defense, 1969–1973
- Leonard Lauder — CEO, Estée Lauder
- Bill Marriott — CEO, Marriott Hotels 
- James J. Mulva; Chairman, President, CEO, Conoco-Phillips
- Regis Philbin — television personality 
- Roger Staubach — NFL quarterback
- Naval Supply Systems Command
- Navy Supply Corps School
- Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer (SWSCO) pin
- Naval Aviation Supply Officer (NASO) pin
- Submarine Supply Officer pin
- Seabee Combat Warfare Officer insignia
- Navy Expeditionary Supply Corps Officer (NESCO) insignia
- Military logistics