Junior Officer Training Symposium Focuses on the Supply Corps

Story Number: NNS090424-04Release Date: 4/24/2009 10:36:00 AM
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By Tim Christmann, Naval Supply Systems Command Public Affairs

Jacksonville, Fla. (NNS) -- Career development, the future of the Supply Corps, and
making the right career decisions were some of the topics discussed at the Junior Officer Training Symposium (JOTS) held April 14 at Naval Air Station
Jacksonville River Cove Conference Center.

The purpose of JOTS is to provide a venue for junior Supply Corps officers (O-1 to O-4) to discuss current career development issues and challenges in a peer setting.

"We are a nation at war and each Supply Corps officer plays a key role in the fight," said Rear Adm. Mike Lyden, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and chief of Supply Corps, in his remarks. He also emphasized that Supply Corps officers are the Navy's premier business managers, operational
logisticians, and quality of life service providers.

"Our early sea tours forge the outstanding foundation of business and logistics acumen that allows us to later excel across a broad spectrum of core competencies," Lyden added. "The most important factors in forging and molding a Supply Corps officer include educating and mentoring them."

Fifty-six Supply Corps junior officers attended the JOTS session. The event covered a variety of topics, including career development, internships,
diversity, individual augmentee process, and career progression guidance.

"I thought the symposium was extremely informative and the networking potential was boundless," said Lt. Shawn Willis, USS Georgia (SSGN-729), Kings Bay, Ga.

NAVSUP's primary mission is to provide U.S. naval forces with quality supplies and services. With headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 25,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP oversees logistics programs in the areas of supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel,
transportation, and security assistance. In addition, NAVSUP is responsible for quality of life issues for our naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods.

For more news from Naval Supply Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navsup/.

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