NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound Enhances HAZMAT Support to Whidbey Island Customers

BY BRIAN J. DAVIS, OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER PUGET SOUND

Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Puget Sound officially assumed physical and administrative control of the Hazardous Material Minimization Center (HAZMINCEN) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Oct. 1.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Hazardous Material Minimization Center staff. Front Row: Ema Hartman; 2nd Row (left to right): Nick Campbell, Ron Witherell; 3rd Row: Mel Ruefa, Jon Stinnett, Chuck Morrison. Photo by Richard Dutton, Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Puget Sound Aviation Supply Department.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Hazardous Material Minimization Center staff. Front Row: Ema Hartman; 2nd Row (left to right): Nick Campbell, Ron Witherell; 3rd Row: Mel Ruefa, Jon Stinnett, Chuck Morrison. Photo by Richard Dutton, Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Puget Sound Aviation Supply Department.

While HAZMINCEN will continue to operate under Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U. S. Pacific Fleet, NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound took over day-to-day operation of the facility, which handles ordering, receipt, storage, issue and disposal of hazardous materials. According to John S. Gonzalez, deputy head of NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound Installation Support Department, the move was made to consolidate and streamline operation of the HAZMINCEN, which had already been following the command’s hazardous materials (HAZMAT) guidance and policies. NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound plans, directs, monitors and evaluates policies, systems and procedures used in pollution prevention for both shore and operational commands in the region.

“Over the past few years the HAZMINCEN at NAS Whidbey Island and NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound developed a strong working relationship. It became apparent that the supply chain and customers would be better served under a strategic realignment of the HAZMINCEN to NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound,” said Gonzalez.

The facility will continue to support industrial HAZMAT requirements for aviation units, maintenance facilities and other commands at NAS Whidbey Island. Moving management responsibilities to NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound will improve standardization and continuity of the facility’s operation.

“The realignment was mutually agreed upon by deck plate leadership and will result in a more streamlined supply chain, standardized processes, simpler training requirements and an overall more efficient organization,” said Gonzalez.

NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound already operates two other HAZMINCENs at Bremerton and Naval Station Everett.

January/February 2016