BY CHIEF MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST EDWARD KESSLER, PUBLIC AFFA IRS OFFICER COMMANDER NAVY EXPEDITIONARY LOGISTICS SUPPORT GROUP
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Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Supply Management Inspectors begin the physical inventory part of the inspection of Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group during a Supply Management Inspection.
Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) Supply department wrapped up its biennial Supply Management Inspection (SMI) Oct. 9, setting the standard for Expeditionary Reserve Component Forces.
A team of inspectors from Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) arrived Oct. 5 to conduct the SMI, assessing NAVELSG’s Supply department’s capability to support her active and reserve regiments and battalions.
Scoring approximately 95 percent overall, NAVELSG’s Supply department proved they are fully capable and mission ready.
According to NAVELSG’s Supply department personnel, the SMI undergoes a thorough inspection every 24 months in order to make sure they meet Navy standards in all areas of responsibility.
“Under the proposed NECC Supply Manual, we assisted one year and assessed the next,” said Cmdr. Donna Johnson, NAVELSG director of Logistics, “this method allows us to maintain healthy processes.”
The inspection evaluates the commands readiness which is determined by evaluating NAVELSG’s stock control, hazardous material inventory and control, and supply storage division.
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Chief Logistics Specialist Daniel Hamar from Navy Expeditionary Combat Command verifies inventory paperwork with Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group Logistics Specialist Second Class Darius Threat during a Supply Management Inspection.
“It’s very important for the inspectors to be thorough while reviewing our programs,” said Logistics Specialist First Class Norma Porter, NAVELSG Warehouse leading petty officer, “they are our QA, keeping us and our programs honest.”
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Senior Chief Logistics Specialist Bobby Peterno from Navy Expeditionary Combat Command verifies inventory with Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Omar Zavala from during a Supply Management Inspection. –all photos by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Edward Kessler/Released
Preparations for SMI have been underway for the past year when NECC inspectors first conducted their pre inspections. Since April, NAVELSG’s Supply department has been preparing daily for this week’s final SMI.
“Understanding the requirements is key,” said Johnson, “if we stick to just knowing them, we may miss something.”
SMI inspectors require four days to complete and noted NAVELSG’s readiness and dedication to being prepared.
“NAVELSG has an outstanding program,” said Cmdr. Rick Otlowski, NECC Supply Readiness and Policy officer, “their hard work shows how much they care.”
NAVELSG is the first unit of NECC to begin the SMI as part of an every two year cycle.