Rear Adm. Michelle C. Skubic Assumes Duty as Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command & 48th Chief of Supply Corps

By Debbie Dortch
NAVSUP Office of Corporate Communications

Rear Adm. Michelle C. Skubic and Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen render honors as Skubic’s flag is raised as part of a change of command ceremony for Commander, NAVSUP, onboard Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg. –photo by Madeline Klebe

 

Rear Adm. Michelle C. Skubic succeeded Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen as Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and Chief of Supply Corps, during a change of command and retirement ceremony at Naval Support Activity, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, July 13.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John M. Richardson, USN, officiated the ceremony, which was attended by nearly 700 military and civilian personnel.

“There is no better person to take the helm than Rear Adm. Michelle Skubic,” Richardson said. “You have the complete loyalty, trust, and confidence of the Navy. We could not be more proud.”

“I am excited and eager to begin working,” Skubic said. “NAVSUP has a key role in supporting improved readiness and enduring sustainment of our military might. Our focus will always be on the fleet, on the Sailors at sea who keep the Navy afloat, and all warfighters in harm’s way; on ensuring we do our part toward success in operations, from training to effective combat engagements. We owe that to our warfighters.”

Prior to assuming her new position, Skubic served as commander, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio. Skubic’s previous duty stations include director, Logistics, Fleet Supply and Ordnance; N4, United States Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; chief of staff, NAVSUP, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; commanding officer, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, Virginia; director of supplier operations, DLA Aviation, Richmond, Virginia; deputy force supply officer, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, San Diego, California; deputy department head for program contracts, Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland; combined bachelor quarters officer and Aviation Support Division officer, Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily; and services officer and carrier readiness officer at Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, San Diego, California. Her afloat tours include USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), USS McFaul (DDG 74), and USS Acadia (AD 42).

Skubic earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton and holds a Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management from Naval Post Graduate School. She is also a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College and the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Executive Development Institute, and is the first female to lead NAVSUP and the Supply Corps.

In addressing Yuen, Skubic said, “Your leadership has served as a steady beacon, and you can rest assured that your legacy of ethics and reinforced focus on sustaining the modern fight to victory will endure well into the future.”

Yuen retired after 35 years of honorable service to the U.S. Navy. He assumed command of NAVSUP and the position as 47th Chief of Supply Corps in October 2013. He was the first Asian American to serve as Commander NAVSUP and Chief of Supply Corps.

Richardson noted, “For five years Rear Adm. Yuen has led his team to strengthen the readiness of the fleet, strengthen the bonds of trust and confidence, and has spent his every waking moment thinking about how to support our force so that we can defeat our adversaries.”

“I have no doubt that Rear Adm. Skubic will lead you with courage and distinction as our Navy and our military continue to evolve to meet our changing global challenges. She is the right person to take the reins of this exceptional team,” Yuen said. “It is a new dawning for me, and I am forever changed—and for the better—for having had this opportunity to serve.”

Richardson noted, “Thankfully, we can count on our NAVSUP team to deliver the right stuff, to the right place, at the right time, and at the right cost to fight and win at a place and time of our choosing. This is the formula for maintaining maritime superiority.” In conclusion, he added, “A prayer of thanksgiving for everything the Yuens have done; and a prayer that Michelle will be strengthened in this tremendous responsibility that she has agreed to take on. And, include in your thoughts and prayers all the Sailors, soldiers, Coast Guardsmen, Marines, and Airmen deployed around the globe, putting their lives on the line so that we can have this fragile thing we call freedom.”

Mrs. Yuen receives flowers to celebrate the sacrifices she has made during her husband’s 35 years of service in the Navy during the change of command ceremony. –photo by Dorie Heyer

 

Rear Adm. Yuen’s daughter is presented flowers during the change of command ceremony. –photo by Dorie Heyer

 

Command Master Chief Thaddeus T. Wright presents Rear Adm. Yuen with his flag during the change of command ceremony. –photo by Madeline Klebe

 

–photo by Dorie Heyer

 


Rear Adm. Michelle Skubic’s son and daughter are handed flowers during the change of command ceremony. –photo by Dorie Heyer

 

Rear Adm. Skubic and family greet guests in the receiving line following the change of command ceremony.–photo by Madeline Klebe

 

Rear Adm. Yuen and Mrs. Yuen walk through the side boys during the change of command ceremony. –photo by Dorie Heyer

 

–photo by Dorie Heyer

 

–photo by Dorie Heyer

 

–photo by Dorie Heyer

 

CNO Adm. Richardson poses with Rear Adm. Skubic and Skubic’s family during the change of command ceremony. –photo by Madeline Klebe

 

–photo by Dorie Heyer

 

–photo by Dorie Heyer

 

–photo by Madeline Klebe

 

Rear Adm. Yuen and his son. –photo by Dorie Heyer

 

Rear Adm. Skubic greets Rear Adm. Daniel Stone and Rear Adm. Mike Lyden following the change of command ceremony. –photo by Dorie Heyer

 

–photo by Dorie Heyer

 

Fall 2018