VADM Philip H. Cullom, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics recently announced the winners of the 2014 Admiral Stan Arthur Awards, which recognize military and civilian logisticians who epitomize excellence in logistics planning and execution.
LCDR Mark Bowmer, assigned to Naval Reactors Supply Chain Management (SCM) Directorate Operations Manager, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) was named the Military Logistician of the Year. Addressing SCM data analysis limitations between disparate business systems, LCDR Bowmer developed the Supply Procurement Integrated Data Extract Report (SPIDER) tool. SPIDER provides a new capability to conduct detailed SCM analysis of procurements, sales, and contracts, presenting a common operating picture designed to further maximize Enterprise Resource Planning efficiencies. The use of SPIDER facilitated decreases in administrative lead time for high priority requirements, development of innovative contracting solutions to decrease unfilled customer orders, and identification of deficiencies in material drawings affecting multiple contracts. Due to these successes, the SPIDER tool is being exported for use by other NAVSUP WSS directorates.
The EUCOM/AFRICOM - CTF 63 Logistics Operations Team was selected as the Logistics Team of the Year. The Team included four Supply Corps officers: Commander Ronald J. Kish, Lieutenant Commander Philip W. Lowrey, Lieutenant Commander Sean A. Neer, and Lieutenant James L. Foster. The team supported the Chief of Naval Operations' (CNO's) Maritime Strategy and delivered on all three tenets of the CNO's FY14 Navigation Plan by coordinating logistics support for SM-6 missile and MQ-8C Firescout deployments (Warfighting First); providing logistics support for amphibious platform surge deployments, Forward Deployed Naval Forces - Europe units, and the maiden deployment for USNS SPEARHEAD (JHSV-1) (Operate Forward); and executing forward movement of critical CASREP, ordnance, and other material and redirecting orders from other theater assets to ensure zero gaps in sustainment support for the warfighter (Be Ready).