NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego, Aviation Supply Department Partnership Leads to ‘Blue E’ Wins

BY CANDICE VILLARREAL Director, Office of Corporate Communications, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego

Three NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego sites received congratulatory letters noting their contributions to three, 2018 Commander Naval Air Forces Ashore Supply Excellence Award, or “Blue E,” wins June 10.

NAVSUP FLC San Diego detachments at Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon, Nevada; NAS Lemoore, California; and Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, work side-by-side with installation Aviation Supply Departments (ASD) to provide logistics support to assigned squadrons and air wings.  That strategic partnership bolstered the overall readiness of the Navy’s flight lines in 2018 and resulted in ASD “Blue E” wins at all three locations for the same time period.  NAVSUP FLC San Diego provides materiel, fuels, mail, warehousing, handling support, and various other logistics functions for the air stations and assigned squadrons.  According to Cmdr. Bradley Carroll, site director for NAVSUP FLC San Diego Site Lemoore, substantial aircraft repairable and consumable materiel support for the F/A-18 Super Hornet and F-35 Lightning II platforms greatly contributed to the win.

NAVSUP FLC San Diego Site Lemoore team members gather with a commemorative plaque marking the 2018 Aviation Support Department Ashore Blue “E” Supply Excellence Award. From left: Alfred Applewhaite, Cmdr. Bradley Carroll, Paul Getty, Ron Loftin, Rudy Cervantez.

“Aviation readiness is truly a team effort, especially as we strive to improve the readiness of our F/A-18 aircraft,” said Carroll. “NAVSUP FLC San Diego and the ASD work in lock step every day to deliver repair parts to our flight line customers faster and have them ready for the next customer quickly to keep our planes flying. This recognition is a testament to that teamwork and to our Navy’s ability to leverage its strong partner networks. We owe a debt of thanks to our counterparts with the air wings, to Fleet Readiness Center West, to our partners across the naval aviation enterprise, and to Commander, Naval Air Force Pacific, who coached and advised us every step of the way.”

The “Blue E” is awarded annually to supply departments demonstrating outstanding support, efficiency and ongoing improvements to operations over the course of the previous calendar year as evidenced by the results of comprehensive, biennial supply management inspections, monthly type commander pulse points, and the Supply Department Training Program.

As the Navy adapts to a faster paced, more complex, and increasingly competitive security environment, NAVSUP and its FLCs are reforming to meet the fleet’s changing needs and drive mission success across the globe. Fast, flexible, and intuitive support to America’s warfighters on the flight lines is directly in line with Commander, NAVSUP Rear Adm. Michelle Skubic’s intent for the enterprise’s reform efforts.

The 2018 award marks the eighth consecutive win for Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California.

“We have been charged with ensuring our operations are tenacious, agile, innovative, and responsive as we reform,” said Commanding Officer Capt. Brian Anderson.  “I believe these awards are a testament to the capabilities, skill, and enthusiasm of our Sailors and civil service members to work together with our partners to meet those goals and ensure we are aligned with our customers’ needs. I am proud of our team members and the dedication they bring to the table every day.”

The 2018 award marks the fourth consecutive win for NAS Fallon, Nevada

The 2018 award marks the eighth consecutive win for both Lemoore and China Lake, and the fourth consecutive win for Fallon.  Winners received letters and commemorative award plaques to mark the occasion.  “Enabling successful mission accomplishment through logistics support as we work hand-in-hand with the warfighter is the best part of our job,” said Anderson. “We are humbled to have been part of this team effort and will continue our work to better serve our customers every day.”