NAVSUP FLC Sigonella Holds Change of Command Ceremony

BY SHANNON HANEY, PUBLIC AFFAIR S NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER SIGONELLA

NAVSUP FLC Sigonella

Lt. Brian Myers, Capt. Chris Parker, Capt. Kevin Jones, Rear Adm. James McNeal, and Command Master Chief Tony Bernard render a hand salute during the parading of the colors at NAVSUP FLC Sigonella’s change of command ceremony where Parker relieved Jones as commanding officer.

Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella held a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Sigonella, May 21.

Guests and dignitaries celebrated the two-year tour of the outgoing Capt. Kevin Jones and welcomed aboard incoming Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Parker.

The ceremony was rich in naval heritage, with the sound of the ship’s bell being struck and the ceremonial call of the boatswain’s pipe representing the rendering of honors as the official party arrived.

The color guard paraded the colors during an Italian national anthem performance and the singing of the American national anthem by a kindergarten class from Sigonella Elementary School. Afterwards, personnel took a moment to bow their heads in prayer for an invocation given by the chaplain.

Rear Adm. James McNeal, commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support, presided over the change of command.

“Capt. Jones’ tenure has been absolutely suburb. NAVSUP FLC Sigonella is a fantastic team but a good team doesn’t become great unless they have a great leader,” said McNeal. “Despite the depth and breadth of this [area of responsibility], Capt. Jones knows exactly what is happening at each site and the site directors are empowered to lead.”

Jones’ next assignment is Naval Supply Systems Command Headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

“Kevin is going to come up here and read his orders and you will hear him say ‘Naval Supply Systems Command’ but, what some of you may not know is that he is going to be chief of staff for that organization,” said McNeal. “Out of all of the captains who are rotating in this calendar year, he was hand selected by the Chief of the Navy Supply Corps to be the Chief’s right hand man. And that’s no accident; that wasn’t just luck of the draw. Our senior leadership knows Around NAVSUP just how good Kevin is and picked him to serve at a top post in our community.”

Jones approached the podium and explained how commanding an overseas FLC has proved to be one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs in his career. “This is hands down, the best O-6 job in the Supply Corps. There are no other jobs in the Supply Corps making a greater impact on providing forward logistics to the warfighter on a daily basis,” said Jones.

Jones ended his remarks by reading his orders. Then faced Parker and said, “I am ready to be relieved.” Parker replied, “I relieve you.” In return, Jones said, “I stand relieved!”

With the exchange of salutes and handshakes, Parker reported for duty as the sixth commanding officer of NAVSUP FLC Sigonella.

During his remarks after assuming command, Parker said, “The possibility of going to multiple FLCs was out there and when I saw Sigonella pop up, knowing what was going on in the world and the challenges that are faced out here; I knew that there was no other place for me. This is absolutely where I wanted to be.”

Parker then took the opportunity to discuss his commitment to the NAVSUP FLC Sigonella mission and its employees. Parker continued, “My goals here are pretty simple; continue to build upon the culture of excellence supporting our forces, build upon the sense of family by ensuring we work to take care of our Sailors and our combined team of dedicated U.S. and foreign national employees and their families and then, work to enhance our lines of communications across our FLC and customer organizations to foster trust, transparency and operational excellence.”

July/August 2015