Fleming Island native trains to become future navy supply officer

By Alvin Plexico Navy Office of Community Outreach
Posted 11/7/18

NEWPORT, Rhode Island – Ensign John Hurst applied the lessons learned from Fleming Island to help in developing the skills to become a naval supply officer.

“My hometown taught me the value of …

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Fleming Island native trains to become future navy supply officer

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NEWPORT, Rhode Island – Ensign John Hurst applied the lessons learned from Fleming Island to help in developing the skills to become a naval supply officer.

“My hometown taught me the value of education and continuing the pursuit of knowledge,” said Hurst.

Those lessons turned into an opportunity to learn leadership and the most innovative tactics of naval supply in the world at Navy Supply Corps School, located in Newport, Rhode Island.

“Growing up in Fleming Island, I learned to make the most of the skills and knowledge I have developed and prepare for all future opportunities,” said Hurst.

Hurst is a 2013 Florida State University graduate.

Considered to be one of the Navy’s greatest assets, the supply officers must first train and be mentored at supply school.

Prior to any type of extraordinary achievement, the students must first pass a rigorous course structure in order to become a Navy supply officer.

The mission of supply school is to provide students with the personal and professional foundations for success. This mission lends itself to the vision of the school which is to ensure all supply corps officer graduates are prepared to provide global logistics support to Navy and joint warfare.

Once these service members finish training, they are deployed around the world putting their skill set to work.

“Our mantra here at NSCS is 'Ready for Sea,’” said Capt. Nick Rapley, commanding officer, Navy Supply Corps School. “Our graduates leave this institution prepared to support the warfighter on land, at sea, in the air, and in the cyber realm. It is my honor to serve these men and women by providing them with the resources to learn their trade and perform in the fleet. Only a select few will have the privilege of serving as Navy supply corps officers. Logistics support is a critical part of mission success.”

There are many sacrifices and goals one must achieve to be selected as a supply officer and Hurst is most proud of graduating and commissioning through Officer Candidate School.

“As my first introduction to life in the Navy, it prepared me for my future and confirmed that I made the right choice in becoming a naval officer,” said Hurst.

The future of naval warfare is rapidly changing, so the course and materials at supply school are constantly evolving to create the most dynamic, lethal, safe and professional warfighting team for the Navy our nation needs.

“NSCS’ flagship curriculum, the Basic Qualification Course (BQC) is modeled to prepare new supply officers for their first operation tours in the fleet,” said Lt. Adam C. Johnson, public affairs officer for the school. “Other courses like the Supply Officer Department Head Course, Joint Aviation Supply Maintenance Material Management, and the Introduction to Expeditionary Logistics Course, are designed to refine intermediate and advanced level skillsets of both officer and enlisted operators.”

Just as Americans go grocery shopping and conduct car and home repairs, supply officers in the Navy ensure sailors have the tools and equipment they need to deter any threat and maintain warfighting readiness and threat deterrence in an era of great power competition.

Hurst is continuing a family tradition of military service.

“I come from a large military family, with both grandfathers and several uncles, cousins, my aunt and my brother serving in different branches,” said Hurst. “It was a proud day when I called them all to let them know I was going to be a naval officer.”

As Hurst and other officers continue to train, they take pride in what it means to serve their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy offers a great opportunity to serve my country, see the world and pursue additional opportunities to use what I learned even after I leave the Navy,” said Hurst.

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