USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) celebrated the 214th birthday of the Supply Corps Feb. 24, with a cake-cutting ceremony.
The Supply Corps was created 1795 when President George Washington appointed Tench Francis as the country's first Purveyor of Public Supplies. At its inception, the Supply Corps was responsible for supporting the outfitting and operations of the Navy's six frigates. Throughout the years, the Supply Corps has played a key role in supporting fleet operations, providing expertise in logistics, acquisition and financial management. The Supply Corps currently has more than 3,500 naval officers.
"By acknowledging the anniversary of the start of the Supply Corps, we bring visibility of the contributions of the Supply Corps to the Navy, promote esprit de corps among the Supply Corps members and show pride in the long-standing traditions and history of the Supply Corps and what it has contributed to the United States Navy and our country over the past 214 years," said Lt. Cmdr. Mark Garrigus, Truman's principal assistant for services.
Truman's Supply Department is recognized as being amongst the best in the fleet. They were awarded numerous accolades last year, including: The Blue "E" for Supply Management Excellence, the Ship's Store Retail Sales and Services Excellence Award where they went on to win the "best of the best" in the category, Atlantic Fleet Ship's Store Best of Class Award, the Dorrie Miller Award for Wardroom Service Excellence, and the 2008 Capt. Edward F. Ney Memorial Food Service Excellence award large afloat category runner-up. In addition to their awards, Truman's Supply Department set new benchmarks and standards for logistics support and were always well above standards for the CNAF Supply readiness goals during the entire deployment.
"Our goal is always to give the crew a home away from home while ensuring the ship and her air wing are always materially ready and fully capable of launching and recovering fully mission capable aircraft for every mission assigned," said Lt. Cmdr. Steve Osborne, the ship's principal assistant for logistics. "We want to provide the best living conditions and comforts we can to make the crew and air wing's lives enjoyable every day they are aboard."
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