Command of NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville changed hands in a traditional change of command ceremony, May 24.
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Capt. Duke Heinz (right) assumes his new position as the Commanding Officer, Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) Jacksonville during a change of command ceremony held May 24. Outgoing NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Kevin Head (left) and guest speaker Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, Commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), stand at attention.
Capt. Duke Heinz relieved Capt. Kevin Head. The event took place aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, with more than 100 guests in attendance. Twenty highly trained musicians from the U.S. Naval Band Southeast provided music throughout the time honored ceremony.
Following the invocation by Navy Chaplain, Cmdr. Shannon Skidmore, the keynote speaker, Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, commander of
NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), delivered remarks highlighting FLC Jacksonville's achievements under Capt. Head's command.
Capt. Head, a Naval Academy graduate who took the helm of NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville Nov. 9, 2011, had triumphed in leading and overseeing some of the command's most monumental accomplishments in the past 18 months. In particular, Rear Adm. Yuen praised FLC Jacksonville's advancements and operational flexibility in supporting the warfighter, through the strengthening of relationships with the Fleet, Allied and Joint Logistics partners, and other leading commands in the area including Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command; Commander 4th Fleet; Commander Navy Region Southeast; and Fleet Readiness Center Southeast.
He then went on to describe FLC Jacksonville's increasing operational logistical engagement within the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). This included the first successful delivery of the Subsistence Prime Vendor (PV) in Panama, as well as the establishment of an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract in the Caribbean for inland support, which helps cover requirements that are not inherent in the husbanding service provider contract.
"Standing up a Prime Vendor in Panama was crucial for ships that deploy in the Southern Command area," Rear Adm. Yuen explained. "Prior to this, ships were required to send their food orders back to Jacksonville for processing which resulted in many orders not reaching the customer in time for loading. Now, this problem has been eliminated and the Prime Vendor is not only used for Mayport-based ships, but for all military ships in the area to include the Coast Guard."
Furthermore, through the dedication of a legion of committed professionals and a leading-edge contracting and acquisition strategy, Capt. Head and his team successfully operated a $962 million fleet contracting operation, providing contract support and setting the stage for the initial phases of any contingency operation.
"Capt. Head's team awarded nearly 22,000 contracting actions during fiscal year 2012 alone, and provided direct contracting support to the leading commands in the area, which includes multiple aviation squadrons, ships, and submarines," Rear Adm. Yuen said.
He also commented on the command's recent surge of support to provide around-the-clock monitoring and logistics expertise during last year's Hurricane Isaac recovery operations.
"FLC Jacksonville's support proved pivotal in maintaining constant fuel support for generators and emergency vehicles, as well as potable water and ice, for the New Orleans' Naval Station after Hurricane Isaac caused catastrophic damage," he emphasized.
Commenting on the multiple complex challenges conquered, Rear Adm. Yuen concluded his remarks by praising FLC Jacksonville for "using forward thinking strategies, leveraging their integration in close partnership with CNRSE, C4F, CFFC, etc., and by operating as a proactive and flexible organization."
On behalf of the President of the United States, Rear Adm. Yuen presented Capt. Head with the Legion of Merit medal for his exceptional service as the FLC Jacksonville Commanding Officer. Capt. Head thanked the workforce for their dedication and commitment to excellence and then spoke of Capt. Heinz's talents, qualifications, and capabilities to command FLC Jacksonville.
"The entire team at NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville has always surpassed the customer's expectations and I am in awe of your dedicated support to the warfighter," Capt. Head said. "Capt. Heinz, I know you are the right officer for this job, and I am sure you will take NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville to new heights."
Capt. Head is bound for San Diego, where he will become the next chief of staff for NAVSUP GLS. The reigns of the command were turned over to Capt. Heinz after an exchange of salutes and handshakes by Capt. Head, and a charge by Rear Adm. Yuen to continue the embedded culture of FLC Jacksonville as the new commanding officer.
As NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville's newest commanding officer, Capt. Heinz will lead more than 900 military, civilian and contractor personnel who provide premier regional logistics support to 17 sites, 49 fleet units, and two industrial activities in seven states throughout the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean.
"Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville has a rich heritage of strong leadership, outstanding teamwork and outstanding customer support," Capt. Heinz said, upon taking the stand. "I am extremely honored and excited for the opportunity to lead this absolutely superb team of professionals."
Capt. Heinz came to NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville from Philadelphia, where he served as the director of aviation operations at NAVSUP Weapons Systems Support.
Throughout his career, he has served in a wide-range of key leadership positions, afloat and ashore. At sea, he served as Supply Officer, USS Bergall (SSN 667) including three deployments to the North Atlantic Ocean. He also served as S-1, S-6, and readiness officer, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) during Operation Desert Fox. Most recently, he served as Supply Officer, aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68), deploying for eight months to the North Arabian Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Ashore, he has served at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.; U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team - Blue Angels; Naval Supply Systems Command; Office of Personnel, Millington, Tenn.; NAVSUP Weapons System Support, Philadelphia; and the staff of Chief of Naval Operations, Programming Division (N80).
By Kari Hansen, NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville Corporate Communications