From the Chief

J.A. YUEN Rear Admiral, SC, USN

Rear Admiral, SC, USN

In his Letter to the Force, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer wrote, “Our priorities center on people, capabilities, and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results, and partnerships.” Our supply community took this focus to heart, as we responded with urgency to provide vital support for our U.S. government agencies’ humanitarian relief efforts this past year.

With a commitment to serve, our military and civilian members joined together to get assistance to those in need, whether they had been through an earthquake, hurricane, or other crisis. Our teams’ readiness enabled us to rapidly provide critical support to these missions. Our relief efforts last year touched so many lives. From our storm ravaged territories and southeastern states to our neighbors in Mexico, our efforts brought real relief to those hurting.

Operational readiness is key to executing the mission when a natural disaster or crisis strikes without warning. Readiness is more than just doing your job. It is about having the competencies to succeed, combined with the integrity to make the tough decisions. It is a powerful combination when you have the ability to do the job, you understand what you bring to the fight as an individual, and you understand how the organization works. While understanding supply support at the last tactical mile is important, understanding what is behind the support is just as important. The professional, character, and individual readiness demonstrated by our team members enabled us to provide relief when our nation needed us.

The rewards of a successful humanitarian relief effort are shared by those in need, and in the hearts of those who had the opportunity to help. They affect our supply community, military and civilian, and shape our character. I sincerely thank all who supported our humanitarian relief efforts, all of our team members who trained, supported, strengthened and enabled our teams in so many ways, and those who are cataloging our lessons learned for the future.

Spring 2018