Latest NSCS distinguished alumni inducted
The Navy Supply Corps Foundation recently honored retired RADM Frank J. Allston, SC, USNR, as the 30th Navy Supply Corps School Distinguished Alumni during a ceremony held in Athens, Ga. Retired RADM Donald St. Angelo made the presentation on behalf of the foundation.
Throughout his life, RADM Allston has served his country and fellow citizens with distinction. After completing a distinguished career in the Navy and Naval Reserve, RADM Allston had a successful civilian career with the Illinois Central Railroad, rising to the rank of vice president. In his retirement he has continued his service to his local community and the Supply Corp.
RADM Allston retired from the Navy on June 1, 1985, after serving over 34 years in the Navy and Naval Reserve including active duty in Washington during the Korean War. His last assignment was as the Director, Naval Reserve Aviation Supply Development and Readiness Project.
Upon retirement, the Chief of Supply Corps asked RADM Allston to research, write, and arrange for the publication of the bicentennial history of the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. In 1995, the U.S. Naval Institute Press published his book, Ready For Sea. A second printing was completed in 2001.
In his address to the students and staff at the Supply Corps School at his induction ceremony, Allston encouraged them to, “learn all you can, both in the classroom and on your own … Don’t be just a “worker bee” when you go to sea or to shore duty … Learn as much as you can, not just in your own department, but in the duties of your shipmates in other departments. Above all, be an inspiration to those under and above you in the chain of command. Look for opportunities to assist your enlisted personnel to learn, to comprehend and to advance.”
Enlisting in the Naval Reserve in February 1951, Allston was commissioned as an ensign, Supply Corps, through the Naval Reserve Officer Candidate (ROC) program al the Naval Station, Long Beach, Calif., in August 1952. He was called to active duty to the Navy Supply Corps School, Bayonne, N.J., in September 1952.
He then reported to the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts, Navy Department, Washington, D.C., where he served as Associate Editor and Acting Editor, Navy Supply Corps Monthly Newsletter from February 1953 through August 1954. He is still a regular contributor to the Newsletter and serves as a member of the journal’s Editorial Board.
Following release from active Navy duty in August 1954, Allston served in various management positions with General Electric Company, Bunker Ramo Corporation, and IC Industries, Inc. Upon retiring from the corporate business community in March 1989, he was Vice President-Corporate Affairs, Illinois Central Railroad. He is currently a business communications consultant. In 1992, he wrote and published Con-glom-er-ate, the history of the evolution of the original Illinois Central Railroad into a diversified multinational conglomerate (1966 to 1987).
When he first returned to civilian life in 1954, then LTJG Allston immediately affiliated with the Ready Reserve. As a senior officer, he served as commanding officer of three Naval Reserve units–Ships Supply Officer Division 3-3, New York City (1966-67); Supply Company 6-8, Greenville, S.C. (1968); and Ships Parts Control Center Mechanicsburg 113, Chicago (1974-1977).
He founded the Recruiting District Assistance Council program (RDAC) for the Navy Recruiting Command, and served as the nation’s first RDAC Chairman (1972-73) in Chicago. In 1970, he attended the National War College, Washington, and the Defense Strategy Seminar at the Naval War College, Newport, R.I. In addition, he completed two courses at the Naval School of Transportation Management, Oakland, Calif., in 1963 and 1973.
Allston participated in Logistics Exercise (LOGEX) ’69 at Fort Lee, Va., and was a member of the Senior Reserve Officer Orientation, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (1976). In 1978, he wore four “hats” as president of both the Navy Supply Corps Association and the Chicago Council, Navy League of the United States and chairman, Armed Forces Week in Chicago, while continuing to serve as the initial commanding officer of a newly formed Naval Reserve unit at Naval Air Station, Glenview, Illinois.
CAPT Allston was selected for flag rank in 1978. In 1981, he proposed a comprehensive plan that was later adopted to establish a Naval Reserve Supply Corps Direct Commission Program that successfully overcame a serious shortage of nearly 200 junior officers in Supply Corps Reserve units.
In 1977 RADM Allston was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. The citation reads in part “for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of service for support of recruiting, Naval command accomplishments and for community affairs activities.” In 1985, he was awarded the Legion of Merit “for outstanding meritorious performance as a flag officer from June 1978 through May 1985.”
In July 1998, he was awarded the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. The citation for this award from the secretary of the Navy reads in part, “for exceptionally distinguished public service to the United States and the United States Navy Supply Corps from August 1985 to July 1995. RADM Allston single-handedly conducted a 10-year project researching and authoring an extensive history of the first 200 years of the Navy Supply Corps … His unselfish dedication during the 10 years of this project, one conducted primarily at his own expense, is a source of pride and admiration to the many current and former members of the United States Navy Supply Corps.” RADM Allston credits his wife Barbara for much of the success with the project.
Allston is currently the DuPage County representative on the Citizens Advisory Board for the Northeast Illinois Railroad Corporation (Metra), the nation’s largest commuter railroad system. He is an elder of the United Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Rotary Club of Naperville. He is a past member of the Board of Directors, past chairman of the Membership Committee and past Club editor.
He served a four-year term on the City of Naperville Transportation Advisory Board in 1978, as Chairman and General Chairman, Naperville Sesquicentennial Commission (1980-82). He also served as a member of the Naperville Riverwalk Commission (1984-2003), the Naperville Riverwalk Foundation (1997-2003), and the Naperville 9/11-Commander Dan Shanower Memorial Commission (2001-2003).
In 1997, he completed eight terms as a Director, Chicago Council of the Navy League. In April 1998, he was inducted into the North Carolina Public Relations Hall of Fame. In June 1998, he was selected Naperville Rotarian of the Year. Rotary International designated Allston a recipient of its prestigious Four Avenues of Service award in June 2001.
Allston provided insight to his success telling the audience, “I was never content to do just the minimum required in my job description, either in the Navy or in my civilian endeavors. I always strove–still strive–to reach out and explore new and improved ways to contribute. I have always been guided by two principles in both the Navy and civilian life:
1. Lead by example, not by edict;
2. Never ask your troops to do anything you are not willing to do yourself.
The Navy Supply Corps Distinguished Alumni Program was created by the Navy Supply Corps Association in 1989 and became a function of the Navy Supply Corps Foundation when it merged with the association in 1995. The objective of the program is to recognize a select group of former Supply Corps officers who have distinguished themselves both on active duty and in their follow-on careers in the private and public sectors.
Rear Admiral Thompson Graduates 2nd Battalion
RADM(Sel) Alan S. Thompson, Director, Supply, Ordnance and Logistics Operations Division (N41) Office on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, graduated and certified students of the 2nd Battalion “Ready for Sea” on May 28, 2004. The admiral came from Washington, D.C. to visit the “Cradle of the Supply Corps.”
RADM(Sel) Thompson and CAPT Bob Monette, Commanding Officer, Center for Service Support, presented awards to students who distinguished themselves among their peers.
ENS Victoria Moeller, was 2nd Battalion’s Honor Graduate, recipient of the Food Service Award for the highest average in Food Service, and one of two awardees who received the Navy Exchange Service Command Ship’s Store Award for the highest average in Retail Operations. She is headed to USS George Washington (CVN 73).
ENS Susan Masters also received the Navy Exchange Service Command Ship’s Store Award. She is headed to PCU Nitze (DDG 94).
The Navy Supply Corps Foundation Leadership Award was presented to ENS Matthew Berkau who is headed to USS Toledo (SSN 769). The Defense Finance and Accounting Service Excellence Award for the highest average in Disbursing Management was presented to ENS Lee Eubanks, who is headed to USS Devastator (MCM 6).
The students of 2nd Battalion honored LTJG Michael Schilling as Instructor of the Battalion. This is the first time that LTJG Schilling has received the honor. The instructor of the Battalion is chosen by the students of the graduating battalion and represents the instructor they feel contributed most to their professional and educational experience at NSCS.
Change of Command
On June 4, 2004, CDR Brian Sheppard relieved CAPT Robert Monette as Commanding Officer of the Navy Supply Corps School during a Change of Command ceremony held at the base.
Following the Change of Command ceremony, CAPT Monette will continue to serve as the Commanding Officer, Center for Service Support, also located in Athens, Ga. The Center for Service Support is a tenant command and educational hub responsible for specialized training in logistics, administration, and media for over 50,000 officers and enlisted Sailors.
For his exemplary service as the commanding officer of the Navy Supply Corps School from July 2002 to June 2004, Monette was awarded the Legion of Merit. During his tour, Navy Supply Corps School was recognized for excellence in virtually every area of command performance including the 5-Star Zumwalt for excellence in Combined Bachelor Quarters operations and the Real Estate ‘A List’ awards. His dynamic leadership, vision, and innovation resulted in the identification of numerous training efficiencies including the roll-up of Afloat Training Divisions, Executive Education, and International Officer Supply Course, and the relocation of the command’s instructional materials to the Navy Knowledge Online portal.
Sheppard hails from Kalamazoo, Mich. He was commissioned a Supply Corps officer following graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1983. Sheppard comes to Athens after serving as the Supply Officer in USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).
In addition to serving in Kitty Hawk, CDR Sheppard’s previous afloat tours include material control officer for Air-Anti Submarine Squadron 33 (VS 33), Aviation Support Officer in USS Kitty Hawk, Supply Officer in USS O’Brien (DD 975), and staff of Commander, 6th Fleet embarked in USS LaSalle (AGF 3) as the Logistic Plans Officer, and Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Readiness and Logistics.
Shore assignments have included Naval Station Rota, Spain; University of Michigan; Chief of Naval Operations Staff; U.S. Naval War College; Armed Forces Southern Region, Naples, Italy; and Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Yokosuka, Japan.
During these various sea and shore tours, Sheppard has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Navy commendation Medals, and various unit and campaign awards.
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