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Supply corps serves as the navy's heartbeat.

During a luncheon held this past October for members of the Supply Corps Foundation, Japan Chapter, Rear Adm. David Baucom, Commander, Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, emphasized, "Passion for your work is an important factor when planning a career."

"Don't simply take a job because you're told it's a good job," he said. "You should accept orders or assignments because you have a passion for doing the work."

About 40 SCAJ members from ships and agencies based at Yokosuka listened as Rear Adm. Baucom spoke of his memories of SCAJ, and how those leadership lessons helped him in his follow-on tours.

During his three-year tour at the former Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Yokosuka, he also served as the SCAJ president. Pointing to the Supply Corps device on his left collar, Rear Adm. Baucom explained that supply is the heartbeat of the service.

"This is what it is all about," he said. "This is why I am passionate about our supply community."

He encouraged members to take advantage of the relationships they formed through SCAJ, and to aspire for the next level in their career. "If you have aspirations to become a senior officer, it is hard work, you have to be dedicated, but it's also a lot of fun," he explained. "Just keep your eyes and ears open, and make the correct judgments when you get a vote."

In moving forward, he also emphasized the importance of the camaraderie among members of the Supply Corps. "Mentoring is just plain leadership," he said.

To drive home his point of mentoring, Rear Adm. Baucom referenced a favorite quote from President Lincoln, "When you make it to the top, turn and reach down for the person behind you," he said.

Rear Adm. Baucom said he hopes his experiences in the Supply Corps will serve as a compass for the men and women in the SCAJ. The ups and downs were all a part of where he is today, but he has definitely cherished the ride.

"I have enjoyed every single assignment in our Navy and in our joint community," he stressed. "For those aspiring to become senior officers, it is important to understand, and to have worked closely with, our joint partners."

The SCAJ luncheon was a part of Rear Adm. Baucom's two-day visit to Yokosuka Naval Base and Yokota Air Base where he met with DLA Troop Support customers, employees and other key partners.

In support of the DLA's mission, DLA Troop Support provides effective and efficient support to our warfighters and other customers with over $14.8 billion annually of food, clothing, construction and equipment, medical and pharmaceutical, and hardware solutions to achieve their global mission.


By Janeen Poulson Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Corporate Communications
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Author:Poulson, Janeen
Publication:Navy Supply Corps Newsletter
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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