The Supply Corps is one of the longest serving staff corps in the Navy, tracing its heritage to February 23, 1795 when Tench Francis was named the first purveyor of public supplies. In this blog we hear from Commander David Egge who is currently serving at Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), in Mechanicsburg, Pa. David recently returned from an Individual Augmentee assignment in Iraq and this summer will become the Commanding Officer of Naval Special Warfare Logistics Support Unit Three (LOGSU-3) in Pearl City, Hawaii. David writes this blog from both a professional and personal perspective, and shares his thoughts on being in the Supply Corps.
The Navy has become my chosen career. The Supply Corps has presented me with opportunities to learn, lead and continue to grow while serving in the most challenging and interesting jobs and places in the world.
The Supply Corps, while being relatively small, is literally everywhere around the world. One of the things which make me most proud of being a Supply Corps Officer is the camaraderie and bonds our community shares. Everywhere you go in the Navy or Joint environment, the men and women who wear the “oak leaf” go out of their way to meet, network and grow together, both personally and professionally. This process begins for us at Navy Supply Corps School and continues throughout our careers. The mentoring and help provided to each other is genuine and has become our tradition as we all work together to support the warfighter, our teammates, and our families.
The ability to serve and lead our fine enlisted professionals in every area of warfare is one of the best perks of this job. Personally, the Supply Corps has given me the opportunity to serve onboard a submarine, support a SEAL team – both in garrison and at forward locations, and see the world from the deck of an aircraft carrier. Most recently, I had the privilege of training and mentoring Iraqi police officers in the desert. My story is not unique. As a Corps, we are forward deployed, joint, coalition, expeditionary, surface, air and submarine…we are there providing support to every warfighter in our Navy and Joint world. I can’t imagine anything else I would rather do. This Sailor feels blessed to have had an opportunity to be part of a great supply community.