The Enlisted Sailors’ Role In Being Ready, Resourceful, And Responsive!

BY CMDCM (SW/AW) THADDEUS T. WRIGHT, USN

Warfighting support at Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) begins with enlisted Sailors providing supplies, services, and quality-of-life support to the Navy and Joint warfighter from the deck plates. Our Sailors execute the multi-echelon work necessary to accomplish the mission.

NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk Navy Food Management Team (NFMT) conducting inventory management training.

Providing Supplies

Enlisted Sailors at NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support provide Navy and Joint Forces parts support for the weapon systems that keep our naval forces mission ready for the FIGHT! Enlisted Sailors stationed at the eight NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Centers around the globe provide last tactical mile support to fleet operational units. NAVSUP FLC Sailors are part of a team that supports contracting requirements for both afloat and ashore forces, including regional commanders and Navy installations. NAVSUP FLCs also include Aviation Boatswain’s Mates Fuels, who play a key role in the operation and maintenance of fuel farms located around the world. The importance of their efforts to safely provide fuel to the warfighter when and where needed cannot be overstated.

Providing Services/Quality of Life

Subject matter experts (SME) at NAVSUP Headquarters directly support 280 enlisted general messes. One SME oversees the entire Navy Cash® program, which allows a Sailor to purchase various items from the ship’s store by accessing his or her own bank account. SMEs provide training for ship’s retail operations and food service operations. The training is provided onboard ships, submarines, and expeditionary units, as well as in the classroom, for approximately 10,000 active and Reserve ship’s serviceman and culinary specialists. Together these two supply ratings maintain the morale of the fleet via their combined services.

NAVSUP FLC Sigonella NFMT conducting galley watch captain training.

Career Management/Community Health

Navy counselors play a key role in providing information on career management opportunities for all of the enlisted Sailors within the NAVSUP Enterprise. SMEs assigned to the supply enlisted community manager (ECM) team provide a wealth of knowledge on enlisted advancement, detailing, community health and career planning. Whether serving from their offices in Millington, Tennessee, or through multiple roadshows, the ECM team communicates the critical information required to make career decisions.

The NAVSUP Enterprise could not be successful without the efforts of its enlisted workforce. Together, along with NAVSUP officers and civilians, we make an incredible team focused on being the Navy’s trusted provider of supplies, services, and quality-of-life support.

November/December 2017