NAVSUP Energy Hosts Annual Fuels Officer Meeting

BY SUZANNA BRUGLER, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF CORPORATE
COMMUNICATIONS, NAVSUP GLOBAL LOGISTICS SUPPORT

NAVSUP Energy Office hosted its annual fuels officer working group meeting Dec. 6-9 at its headquarters in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Uniformed and civilian representatives from seven NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Centers’ (FLC) regional fuel departments around the world, Military Sealift Command (MSC), and U.S. Pacific Fleet gathered for the event.

The meeting provided attendees the opportunity to receive updates from program offices, discuss current and future naval fuel operations and fleet fuels support, consider present-day challenges of fuel quality, and address supply chain management, facilities and infrastructure management, accounting, and other site-specific interests.

“The annual fuels officer working group allows key players in the fuels product and services line to get together to help solve critical issues that impact our mission,” said Cmdr. Bruce Begley, operations officer, NAVSUP Energy.

Attendees represented 69 marine and aviation fuel terminals in 13 states and eight foreign countries, as well as more than 30 afloat units of the Combat Logistics Force and Maritime Prepositioning Force.

Several guest presenters spoke to the group, including Capt. Charles Parker and Capt. Cara Negretti of NAVSUP Global Logistics Support Reserve operations; Capt. Rod Tribble, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Headquarters; David “Stick” Douglas, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy sustainment, repair and modernization; and Jay Lutz, DLA installation support.

Major topics discussed during the four-day meeting included integration of Reserve fuels personnel into NAVSUP FLC missions; NAVSUP fuel barge overhaul program; and standardizing testing equipment and apparatuses in Navy fuel labs and improving lab infrastructure.

Additionally, Navy and DLA stakeholders met in break-out sessions to discuss specific military construction projects and task orders for fuel storage, distribution and laboratory facilities, as well as ways to improve communication and revise policy on accounting for fuel inventory on MSC vessels.

“The actions and decisions made in this meeting will help shape our product and services line for years to come,” said Begley.

NAVSUP Energy is co-located with the Air Force and Army secure conferencing projects in the DLA McNamara Headquarters complex at Fort Belvoir. With a team of engineers, logistics specialists, chemists and experts in naval petroleum requirements, NAVSUP Energy represents the Navy’s interests in developing requirements, policies, and procedures to support bulk fuel needs.

NAVSUP Energy supports Department of Defense and secretary of the Navy Energy goals through membership in Navy Task Force Energy and participates in the Navy’s certification of fuels derived from alternative and renewable sources. NAVSUP Energy assists in procurement and logistics for alternative fuels initiatives with DLA Energy and the other military services.

May/June 2017