The Impact of the Reserve Supply Community

 There has never been a better time to serve in our Navy as a member of the Reserve Supply Community. 

 Our Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert’s Sailing Directions are Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready.  As an operational staff corps, the 3100 community embodies those directions like no other.  Our Reserve Component members take great pride in earning warfare qualifications when serving with operating units, are mobilized around the globe in forward areas ensuring the logistics sustainment of warfighters, and maintain a high readiness posture so as to be able to answer the call when needed. 

 Rear Adm. Mark Belton, Deputy Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command

Rear Adm. Mark Belton, Deputy Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command

 The billets we serve in are roughly divided into three “swim lanes” that all provide critical professional skills to help the Navy meet its mission.  Operational Logistics includes billets assigned to the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) and support maritime security operations worldwide.  Supply Chain Management billets ensure products and services are provided to operating forces in order to perform their mission … and sustain that performance as required in every part of the world.  Billets included in this swim lane include those assigned to our Global Logistics Support (GLS) organization and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).  Those who serve in the Acquisition/Contracting swim lane are experts in procurement; ensuring the maximum return on our taxpayer’s dollars as well as ensuring our warfighters have exactly the right equipment they need.

 This edition of the Navy Supply Corps Newsletter includes articles on Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the Naval Supply Systems Command and Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG), emphasizing the contribution of the Reserve Component.  It also includes vignettes from both the junior, mid-grade and senior officer perspective. 

 A recently trained Direct Commission Officer (DCO) was immediately recalled to active duty to an operational afloat assignment; a mid-grade officer shares his unique experiences while supporting President Obama’s Inauguration; and a Senior Reserve officer shares how he’s able to leverage his civilian and corporate skills towards NAVSUP’s Financial Improvement Plans (FIP) and Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) pursuit. 

 Our community members seek professional development throughout their careers along three continuums simultaneously; as functional experts in logistics and business management, as warfighters skilled in maritime and joint force employment, and as leaders developing necessary skill sets from small unit division officers to enterprise executive oversight.  Once again, there has never been a time when the expertise brought to the fight by the Supply Corps Community, especially the Reserve Component with its surge capability and business acumen, has been more important.  We’re proud of our contributions today, and look forward with excitement to the future.

  By Rear Adm. Mark Belton

Deputy Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command