Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) recently announced the winners of the 2015 Logistician Awards, which recognize military and civilian logisticians who epitomize excellence in logistics planning and execution. The awardees demonstrated innovation and dedication, and should be proud of their accomplishments.
Lt. Paul Cabe, previously assigned to Surface and Electronics Operations Directorate, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, was named Military Logistician of the Year. Facing incredible challenges to fulfill Fleet requirements at the right place and the right time, Cabe designed, developed and instituted multiple innovative process improvements that delivered a 40 percent reduction of Fleet Unfilled Customer Orders (UCOs). The new day-to-day processes streamlined supply planner and program manager workload to aggressively align with Fleet priorities, resulting in a 2,000 UCO reduction. This plan identified program shortfalls to proactively engage the In-Service Engineering Activity and Program Offices.
Mr. Glen Van Vorst, of the Industrial Logistics Support Department, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center, Jacksonville (FLC Jax), was named Civilian Logistician of the Year. Van Vorst’s visionary leadership and data-driven decision making significantly contributed to Fleet and aviation readiness, ship repair and modernization, and new ship construction. Under his leadership, the NAVSUP FLC Jax Industrial Logistics Support Department successfully completed 127 separate ship maintenance, repair, and modernization evolutions. Also, his guidance was pivotal in the NAVSUP FLC Jax Southeast Regional Maintenance Center completing an extended dry-docking selected restricted availability (EDSRA) for USS The Sullivans (DDG 68). The EDSRA included a complex integrated logistics overhaul, encompassing an offload of 11,907 storeroom items valued at $15.4 million.
The Navy Exchange Service Command Navy Uniform Program Integrated Product Team was selected as Logistics Team of the Year. The team made significant contributions toward advancing logistics services and processes for the lifecycle management of 15,000 Navy uniform and general purpose organizational clothing items by establishing a Navy uniform and organizational clothing weapon system. The team also significantly shortened the process and timeframe for the technical specification development, supply planning, contracting, production, and fielding of major uniform projects. They reduced the normal lead time for technical specification development by 35 percent by fielding three Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations high-interest uniform projects including the Navy cold-weather parka, alternative combination cover, and the flame resistant variant coverall. The team’s achievements and contributions are considerable and resulted in establishing an enduring framework and process for managing official Navy uniforms and general purpose organizational clothing.