NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella Hosts NAVSUP Global Logistics Support Commander in 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility

By Tia Nichole McMillen, NAVSUP FLC Sigonella
Office of Corporate Communications

Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella hosted NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS) Commander Rear Adm. Grafton “Chip” Chase and Command Master Chief Chris Fitzgerald Feb. 5-9 to conduct meetings with personnel and to analyze infrastructure and manning in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).

NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS) Commander Rear Adm. Grafton Chip Chase analyzes fuels infrastructure in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). A key component to the admiral’s visit was physically assessing infrastructure in Rota, Spain; Naples and Sigonella, Italy; and in Souda Bay, Greece. He met with senior base leadership at each site to better understand unique customs requirements, husbanding authorities, and foster relationships pertaining to delivering combat capability through logistics support. –photo by Tia McMillen

 

A key component to the admiral’s visit was physically assessing infrastructure in Rota, Spain; Naples and Sigonella, Italy; and in Souda Bay, Greece. He met with senior leadership at each site to better understand unique customs requirements, husbanding authorities, and foster relationships pertaining to delivering combat capability through logistics support.

One such meeting was with Rear Adm. Rick Williamson, commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia, where the admirals discussed the strategic power of partnership between NAVSUP FLC Sigonella, the region, and the fleet, as they surge support to the warfighter.

In each location, Chase conversed with site directors, as well as fuels, contracting, and operations managers, to gain a detailed understanding of the site’s strengths and concerns within a matrixed organization that stretches across Europe and Africa.

Chase also hosted interactive all hands meetings with Sailors and both host-nation and U.S. civilians across the NAVSUP FLC Sigonella European sites. He discussed the way forward for echelon IV and III commands within the NAVSUP Enterprise.

“As NAVSUP GLS disbands this year, each fleet logistics center will become an echelon III command with additional roles and responsibilities,” said Chase. “It is my job to ensure a seamless transition, communicate transparently, and effectively transfer authorities. I work for you.”

Chase personally thanked of employees for performing above and beyond the call of duty in major operations such as fuels, contracting, postal, business, support, and hazardous materials.

“Hearing the admiral’s perspective re-emphasized the importance of the fleet logistics center to the warfighter. With operations increasing tremendously in our AOR, I am proud to serve the U.S. Navy overseas because I know what we do every day as a command has a paramount impact to the fleet,” said Denise Almazan, workforce management analyst, and recipient of Chase’s personal coin and appreciation for being named the command’s Civilian of the Quarter.

Summer 2018