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REGISTER NOW for the Supply Corps 226th Birthday Ball ~ April 24, 7pm ET ~ A Global Virtual Event
REGISTER NOW for the Supply Corps 226th Birthday Ball ~ April 24, 7pm ET ~ A Global Virtual Event
You're invited to join in celebration at the Navy Supply Corps 226th Birthday Ball, a global virtual event on Saturday, April 24th at 7:00pm ET, hosted by the Navy Supply Corps Foundation and featuring Keynote Speaker Brody Young. 

Enjoy an evening of fellowship with Foundation members around the globe, celebrating the U.S. Navy Supply Corps 226th Birthday. Our Master of Ceremonies, Foundation Executive Director CAPT (ret) Daniel Pionk, will lead the traditional program which includes formal remarks, toasts and a cake cutting ceremony. Later in the program, Chapter breakout rooms will be available for more intimate engagement, moderated by Chapter leadership. You can view the full Program of Events here.

Our keynote speaker, Brody Young, was a Utah State Park Ranger whose life changed the day he began his patrol on the early evening of November 19, 2010. Shot 9 times during an ambush, he had no pulse or heartbeat, but miraculously survived and was in a comma for a month. Brody's inspirational story, "9 Miracles", centers around his strength, family, training, and perseverance. As a motivational speaker, Brody routinely speaks at the Department of Justice, FBI and other service-oriented agencies about overcoming the ordinary and extraordinary challenges we all face. As the world navigates the recent pandemic, Brody's story is sure to inspire us all and remind us of the important role we play as past and present U.S. Navy Supply Corps officers. Read more about Brody here.

Registration for the Navy Supply Corps 226th Birthday Ball is required. Please register here and include your Chapter affiliation. The waiting room will open at 6:30pm, with a photo montage showcasing our Chapter activities. No formal dress code attire is required. Questions and comments should be directed to .

Join us on Saturday, April 24th at 7pm ET, to celebrate the Navy Supply Corps 226th Birthday, in unison with our Supply Corps Community all over the world!

"Do some good! Shake off the regret from the borrowed time we have. Live everyday as if it was your last." -Brody Young

Month of the Military Child: Kids Serve Too!
Month of the Military Child: Kids Serve Too!


Wear purple on Purple Up Day - Wearing purple is a visible way for everyone to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices.

Web Site Feature - Schools can promote the Month of the Military Child on their web sites. Provide links to sites that offer resources for military families.

Publicize Installation/Community Events - Use the school newsletter to publicize Month of the Military Child events and activities hosted by the installation/community. Look for ways schools can contribute to these celebrations (setting up an information or activity booth, having teachers volunteer at events and activities, etc.).

Host an Assembly for Month of the Military Child - Hold a school assembly honoring military children. Include a performance by the band. Have students write a poem about what it means to be a military child and select several student volunteers to read their poems.

Salute to Military Children at Sporting Events - Have the announcer make a special announcement before, during or after sporting events recognizing all military children. Have them raise the flag, sing the National Anthem or recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Teachers Salute Military Children - Ask teachers at your school make a special project with their classes such as a picture frame, bookmark, journal, etc., that ties into the Month of the Military Child.

For more ideas - click 50 Ways to Celebrate Month of the Military Child

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Doris Miller: Messboy, Steward, Cook, Hero..."Lion of the Sea"
Doris Miller: Messboy, Steward, Cook, Hero..."Lion of the Sea"
Many are familiar with Doris "Dorie" Miller, but few know the full story of the simple man who became a hero. Retired Admiral Daniel W. McKinnon, Jr., author of Doris Miller: Messboy, Steward, Cook, Hero "Lion of the Sea", states, "He was not a Cook. He was an Officer’s Mess Attendant, a 'Messboy', collecting wardroom linen in the laundry, when fate took Dorie Miller to the signal bridge of a battleship and heroism on, 'a day that will live in infamy'."
The United States Navy Supply Corps is responsible for the Navy Food Service Program and the professionalism of the Culinary Specialists that daily ensure the nutritional health and well being of our men and woman at sea. It is necessary to understand the history and the stories of those that made it so; from Messmen, Stewards and Commissarymen, to the shipboard galleys of today. The life and times of Dorie Miller are part of that story.

Dorie Miller was the “Black Lives Matter” iconic symbol of his day where “newspaper headlines were about the injustice, and absurdity, of racial discrimination”. Like then and now, “It is never about brains or ability, it is about opportunity; from the school house to the White House.”

In 2030, Dorie Miller will be known by all, as the USS Doris Miller (CVN-81) will be commissioned in his honor. Click here to read the full story of Dorie's life, as told by The Oakleaf columnist, and 36th Chief of Supply Corps, RADM (ret) Dan McKinnon.

Retired Admiral Daniel W. McKinnon, Jr. 
In 1958, Dan served as Wardroom Mess Caterer of the USS Boxer, where once a week he was allowed to add something to the menu by Steward Mates whose competence, professionalism, and friendship, helped make a ship a home.

The Spring issue of The Oakleaf is online NOW!
The Spring issue of The Oakleaf is online NOW!
The Spring issue of The Oakleaf is available online now! 

This is our largest issue yet—full of member contributions—including recent news, sea stories and Committee updates. Our cover stories highlight how important our members are to the Foundation's mission and the Supply Corps Community, as we say farewell to retiring Vice Chair RADM (ret) Linda Bird and thank her for more than a decade of outstanding leadership on the Board, and thank our many generous donors for your faithful contributions to the Foundation during the challenging year of 2020.

On page 6, Foundation Secretary CDR Marcus Thomas reports on our recent webinar "An Evening with the Chief", where Guest Speaker RADM Pete Stamatopoulos, Commander of NAVSUP and 49th Chief of Supply Corps, spoke to more than 400 members about the priorities of today's Supply Corps and his vision for the future. And later in the issue, LCDR Keith Darby shares how his team navigated COVID-19 protocol while supporting the 59th Presidential Inauguration.

We also dive deep into the history of the Oak Leaf collar insignia with CAPT (ret) Donald B. Hoffmann, welcome our newest Distinguished Alumnus J. Ronald Terwilliger, and learn the full story of Doris "Dorie" Miller—who was not a cook but an "Officer's Mess Attendant"—from RADM (ret) Dan McKinnon's extensive article on the "Lion of the Sea". And, on pages 10 and 25, two Supply Corps Spouses discuss how our families are thriving with a positive attitude and Community support!

Every Foundation newsletter aims to bring our Community together through sharing our members' experiences of yesterday and today. Would you like to contribute? Active, retired, reserve, and family members are encouraged to submit articles, pictures, news and updates to Please keep submissions limited to 300 words and two images with captions.

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Enjoy the Spring issue of The Oakleaf

2020 Annual Report available online!
2020 Annual Report available online!
The Foundation maintained our momentum in 2020, as all programs were executed in a lean and effective manner. The NSCF 2020 Annual Report highlights our achievements. Your generous support was a key driver in this success--thank you!

Click here to view the Foundation's 2020 Annual Report.

Our Mission

The Navy Supply Corps Foundation provides programs and services to support the Navy Supply Corps Community and promote its heritage and traditions. 
 Support Our Mission                                         

Our members and their families are at the heart of our mission. The Navy Supply Corps Foundation’s Mission is to provide programs and services to support the Navy Supply Corps Community and promote its heritage and traditions. We strive to bring more value to our members’ lives every day and we THANK YOU for your support, enabling us to serve our Supply Community each and every day—keeping our culture and heritage alive through generations!

Our Foundation leaders and members are anyone who has ever worn the Oakleaf of the United States Navy Supply Corps Officer—veterans, active duty, reserve. We provide global programs and services to support the Navy Supply Corps Community and promote its heritage and traditions. Our small Foundation staff works with our all-Volunteer Board of Directors and 37 Chapters around the globe to support and celebrate our Supply Community. Our Regional Chapters are the face of the Foundation, promoting camaraderie, professional and social networking, and supporting members in need—for more than 50 years! 

Ways YOU can be an active and supportive member of the Supply Community:

   ♦     Donate using your PayPal account through the PayPal Giving Fund, all fees are paid for by PayPal! 

   ♦     Donate now using a credit card. 

   ♦     Shop AmazonSmile and designate The Navy Supply Corps Foundation, Inc. as your charity. 

   ♦     Join the CFC 2020 Giving Campaign! Pledge your donation to The Navy Supply Corps Foundation, Inc. CFC #10281#.
          Official Solicitation Period is September 21, 2020 - January 15, 2021

   ♦     Honor Tench Francis as the founding officer of the Navy Supply Corps through the Tench Francis Legacy Society –recognizing members who have included the Foundation in their estate planning. Gift planning can include a bequest in your will or by participating in a gift annuity or other life-income tool. To become a member, or if you have already taken steps to provide this type of support, please email our Executive Director, CAPT (ret) Daniel Pionk or call 706-354-4111.

   ♦     Volunteer with any of our Committees. 

   ♦     Support Chapter events and programs. 

   ♦     Encourage members to register on the Foundation website.

Learn more about your contribution options through the Foundation’s Donor eNewsletter delivered right to your inbox. Many of our friends find this very interesting and helpful. It features news from Washington, Savvy Living, gift stories, finance news and timely articles. 

 More News                                                                                                       

Flash From the Chief
In Memory: Friends of the Supply Corps
VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Navy Supply Corps Officer: USS Bataan
NAVSUP 2021 Commander's Guidance
NSCF 2020 Annual Report
The full story of Doris "Dorie" Miller, as told by RADM (ret) Dan McKinnon, 36th Chief of Supply Corps

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The Navy Supply Corps Foundation has partnered with Amazon to establish a way for you to shop online and help support our mission. 

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the Navy Supply Corps Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting the Supply Community.

Visit and on your first visit select Navy Supply Corps Foundation, Inc. as your charitable organization before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection and every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation to the Foundation. 

Let's use this unique opportunity to give to our Community while staying safe! 

For information on how Amazon is addressing the COVID-19 crisis, visit  
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PO2 Courtney Ritchwood (left), Po1 Katherine Ronsairo (middle), and PO2 Eric Batts (far right) support the 59th Presidential Inauguration on page 8 in The Oakleaf ~ Spring 2021.
Education is a Priority ~ CDR (ret) Bob Robinson. Read more on page 9 in The Oakleaf ~ Spring 2021.
See how the Oakleaf Collar Insignia has changed on page 16 in The Oakleaf ~ Spring 2021.
CAPT (ret) Billy Dodson, world-renowned conservationist, writer, and wildlife photographer, was named a Navy Supply Corps Foundation 2019 Distinguished Alumni at a virtual ceremony.
Mess Attendant First Class Doris Miller United States Navy receives the Navy Cross. Read more on page 19 in The Oakleaf ~ Spring 2021.
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Upcoming Events

Navy Supply Corps 226th Birthday Ball, a global virtual event on Saturday, April 24th at 7:00pm ET (Philadelphia)

Sunday Apr 11, 2021

NAVNET breakfast on 16 April 2021 - Steele Canyon Golf Club

Friday Apr 16, 2021

Corporate Gray Military Friendly Virtual Job Fair ~ April 23, 2021 11 am (ET) - 2 pm (ET)

Friday Apr 23, 2021

Navy Supply Corps 226th Virtual Birthday Ball (San Diego)

Saturday Apr 24, 2021

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In Memoriam

CAPT Wayne Walter Gerstenberger, SC, USN (Ret.)

December 2020

CAPT John Paul Hanlin, SC, USN (Ret.)

January 2021

CAPT Paul Thomas Mc Mahan, SC, USN (Ret.)

January 2021

CDR Edwin S. Epstein, SC, USN (Ret.)

March 2021

CDR Reuben Donald Burns, SC, USN (Ret.)

June 2020

CAPT Ralph J. Cuomo, SC, USN (Ret.)

March 2021