A native of Cheektowaga, New York, Capt. Cory D. Schemm graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1997 earning a Bachelor of Science in Economics and was a member of the Economics Honor Society. He was commissioned in May 1997 and holds a master’s degree in Supply Chain Management from the Naval Postgraduate School.
His sea tours include USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), where he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom for a record 159 consecutive days at sea following attacks on 9/11; USS Ramage (DDG 61) as supply officer, where he earned the Logistics Management and Retail Services Excellence Awards; and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), where he deployed to the South China Sea and Sea of Japan in support of deterrence operations and international presence in Asia-Pacific theater of operations.
His shore assignments include aviation support division officer, Naval Air Station Lemoore, California; Naval Forces Advisory Branch, Office of Military Cooperation, U.S. Embassy in Kuwait; F/A-18 Integrated Weapons Support Team, Naval Inventory Control Point, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Supply Chain Management Directorate, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; deputy force supply officer, Commander Naval Air Forces, San Diego, California; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations N41 Chief of Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C; and Task Force 66.3, NAVSUP, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He was selected as Region Southwest Officer of the Year (1998) and is a recipient of the Vice Admiral Robert F. Batchelder Award (2001), two-time recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership Award (2003 and 2016), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Program Manager’s Wingman Award (2010), and NAVAIR Program Manager’s Meritorious Achievement Award (2011). He is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps (Life Cycle Logistics) and fully joint qualified.
Commander Joe Smutz is currently serving at the Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center San Diego, as the Executive Officer.
A native of Marriottsville, Maryland, CDR Smutz holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the United States Naval Academy (2006). He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business (2008).
His operational assignments include serving as Supply Officer on board USS COLE (DDG 67), and as Disbursing, Sales and Food Service Officer on board USS PONCE (LPD 15). These tours included three successful Supply Management Certification cycles, three blue “E” awards, one independent deployment, and one deployment with the BATAAN Amphibious Readiness Group.
His shore assignments include Future Plans and Fleet Logistic Center Engagement Officer, Naval Supply Systems Command, Future Readiness and Configuration Officer, Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic, and Instructor of Economics, United States Naval Academy.
In 2015, CDR Smutz was awarded the Vice Admiral Robert F. Batchelder Award in recognition of his professional achievements as Supply Officer onboard USS COLE, during an arduous independent deployment in the Commander, Sixth Fleet area of operations. He is a qualified Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer, and is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other unit and campaign commendations.
Mr. Andrew L. Benson became NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego’s executive director in August 2019 and is responsible for providing professional and technical advice to the commanding officer on operational matters and the development of policies affecting the command's mission.
Mr. Benson is a native of Philadelphia, PA. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA), and Cambridge University, England (MA), he earned his Navy commission through Officer Candidate School. Following completion of Naval Surface Warfare School, he served as Auxiliaries Officer and as Combat Information Officer aboard the amphibious ship USS EL PASO (LKA 117). From 1985-1987, he was assigned as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1987, he transferred to the Navy Supply Corps, subsequently serving on four ships: USS BRADLEY (FF-1041), in San Diego, and USS FIFE (DD 991), in Yokosuka, Japan. From 1994-1996, he served as Assistant Supply Officer aboard USS PELELIU (LHA-5), San Diego, and from 1998-2000, as Supply Officer of USS BRIDGE (AOE-10), based in Bremerton, Washington. Ashore, he served at Navy Supply Center, Jacksonville, Fla. from 1990-1991, following which, he served as Speechwriter to the Chief of Naval Operations. From 1996-1998, he served as Director, Configuration, Allowance and Platform Management Division, Naval Inventory Control Point, Mechanicsburg, Pa., followed by two years as branch chief in the Fleet Logistics Operations Directorate, Naval Supply Systems Command.
Following his selection to Captain in 2001, he was assigned as Executive Assistant to the Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command, and subsequently, in 2002, to the Joint Staff, where he served as Chief, Sustainment and International Logistics Branch, and as Chief, Capabilities and Strategy Division. In June 2005, he took command of U. S. Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Yokosuka, Japan. Following three years in command, he was assigned as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics (Code N41), Commander Naval Surface Forces, Coronado, CA. He retired from the Navy on 1 November 2011 and served as Executive Director for NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka from 2014-2019.
Entering the private sector, he led and established in 2012, Supreme Global Services, Asia LLP - a branch office of the Supreme Group in Singapore, a total global logistics provider.
Andrew Benson's military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit awards. He is a qualified Surface Warfare Officer, Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer, and Naval Aviation Supply Officer. He is a graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business's Executive Program in Strategy and Organization, and the Advanced Management Program at Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill.
Command Master Chief Larry Gordon is a native of Tupelo, Mississippi. He attended Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois, in 1996 and later reported to Service School Command, Great Lakes, for Common Core and Electrician’s Mate “A” Schools.
He first served with USS Stout (DDG 55) in Portsmouth, Virginia. He immediately deployed to the Middle East for six months where he earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification and advanced to electrician’s mate third class petty officer.
He reported to the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in 2000, earning his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualification and advanced to second class petty officer. Following his Nimitz tour, he reported to Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center, Norfolk, Virginia. He advanced to first class petty officer and was selected to serve at Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 4 (MSRON-4) in 2005. While attached to MSRON-4 as a plank owner, he deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet (C5F) area of responsibility (AOR) and quickly earned his Patrol Leader, Level II Coxswain, Small Craft Insignia, and Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare Specialist qualifications which led to his advancement to chief petty officer.
In 2009, Gordon served as the leading chief petty officer aboard Training Support Center Hampton Roads where he facilitated Naval Military Training for Intelligent Specialist new accession students, earning his Master Training Specialist qualification. Shortly afterwards, he was assigned to USS O’Kane (DDG 77) as electrical division leading chief petty officer where he completed two deployments to C5F and U.S. 7th Fleet AORs. During this tour he was advanced to senior chief petty officer.
Following his USS O’Kane tour, Gordon reported to U.S. Pacific Fleet Command as N004 senior enlisted leader. He was selected for the Command Senior Chief program and is a graduate of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 201. In 2018, he served as the 3MC aboard USS San Diego (LPD 22) and shortly afterwards was selected to command master chief (CMC). His first CMC tour was onboard USS Higgins (DDG 76) where he successfully completed a homeport shift from U.S. 3rd to U.S. 7th Fleet and numerous forward-deployed naval forces - Japan patrols. Following a successful tour, he transferred to Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center, San Diego, where he is currently serving as command master chief.
He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Management from American Military University and Associate’s of Arts in Electrical/Mechanical Technology from Coastline Community College. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (six awards), the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and various campaign, unit and service decorations.
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