Schultz shines in position with Navy

William Schultz. (Photo submitted)

Ensign William Schultz applied the lessons learned as a native of Gloversville to help in developing the skills to become a naval supply officer, according to a Navy news release.

“The value of always getting involved wherever you are was one of the greatest lessons from my hometown,” said Schultz. “It is not enough just to show up, you have to make the effort to get invested in order to succeed.”

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 in Newport, R.I.

“I chose to be a supply officer to use my business administration degree to its utmost and to be a team player in the Navy,” said Schultz. “The Supply Corps serves in all areas whether it be on submarines, surface ships or on the shore. I hope to help and serve with all of them.”

Schultz is a 2016 Hartwick College graduate.

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

Before 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.”

“The opportunity to serve alongside my fellow countrymen and women is the greatest accomplishment in my life so far,” said Schultz. “To be an officer and lead them in achieving our nation’s goals is a dream come true.”

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 war-fighting team for the Navy our nation needs.

“NSCS’ flagship curriculum, the Basic Qualification Course 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 skill sets 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 war-fighting readiness and threat deterrence in an era of great power competition.

“My grandfather, Cmdr. Jack Wright, was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served as a doctor during World War II and the Korean War,” said Schultz. “Being the only member of my family currently in the military gives me great pride knowing that I continue his example of service to our great country.”