NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Hosts OPLOG Symposium

BY SKY M. LARON
DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER YOKOSUKA

U.S. Marine Col. Christopher Michelsen, U.S. Forces Japan Joint logistics director, discusses concepts of logistics support in contingency operations during the 2016 OPLOG Symposium and training event sponsored by NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka.

U.S. Marine Col. Christopher Michelsen, U.S. Forces Japan Joint logistics director, discusses concepts of logistics support in contingency operations during the 2016 OPLOG Symposium and training event sponsored by NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka.

Airmen from Yokota Air Base discuss best practices in logistics with their Navy counterparts during the 2016 OPLOG Symposium and training event sponsored by NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka.

Airmen from Yokota Air Base discuss best practices in logistics with their Navy counterparts during the 2016 OPLOG Symposium and training event sponsored by NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka.

Navy Supply Corps officers and other logistics support representatives from Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistic Center (FLC) Yokosuka sponsored the 2016 Operational Logistics (OPLOG) Symposium and training event at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, April 21.

The event gave Forward Deployed Naval Forces supply teams a forum to discuss high-level operational logistics that will best support ships and crews in the Navy’s largest area of responsibility (AOR).

Evelyn Suenaga Purdy (center-left), Navy Exchange Japan District depot manager, stands with fellow vendors at her exhibition booth.

Evelyn Suenaga Purdy (center-left), Navy Exchange Japan District depot manager, stands with fellow vendors at her exhibition booth.

Afterward, participants visited vendor exhibition booths to see the latest products and services available to Navy customers, from cleaning products to ship’s store and food items.

“This was a good opportunity for all logisticians on the waterfront to come and interact with senior officer logisticians, key logistics partners like DLA [Defense Logistics Agency] and Naval Facilities Engineering Command and commercial vendors to discuss current logistical issues,” said Lt. Keith Anderson, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka logistics support officer. “I think this is necessary every year because the logistics providers need to sync up with the customer’s demands.”

MC3 (SW) Michael Raney (left), American Forces Network Yokosuka reporter, captures the 2016 OPLOG Symposium and training event for television audiences across the Pacific AOR.

MC3 (SW) Michael Raney (left), American Forces Network Yokosuka reporter, captures the 2016 OPLOG Symposium and training event for television audiences across the Pacific AOR.

The event allowed supply teams to better identify customer requirements and refine their processes to better provide effective and efficient service to their customers, Anderson added.

Understanding what vendors had to offer ships and crews was one aspect of the symposium, and another was a keynote address by U.S. Marine Col. Christopher Michelsen, U.S. Forces Japan joint logistics director. He discussed concepts of logistics support in contingency operations and gave examples of joint logistics in action across the Asia Pacific AOR.

Supporting the warfighter is a team effort that spans many different agencies and service branches, said Michelsen.

Michelson also stressed logistics was part science and part art, and to be a successful logistics scientist you must be aggressive and know what you need.

“This event gives us an opportunity to continually educate our young logistics scientists,” said Michelson. “They now know they can reach out to senior logistics mentors in the enterprise.”

At the end of the day, operators, suppliers, vendors and customers gained a better understanding of operational logistics requirements and capabilities in order to best serve the forward deployed warfighter now and in the future.

July/August 2016