BY LT. BRENT COHEN, LOGISTICS SUPPORT OFFICER
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER YOKOSUKA SITE MARIANAS
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka Site Marianas supported the major multinational exercise Talisman Sabre 17, from the initial planning phase to the completion of the exercise. Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise comprised of over 33,000 U.S. and Australian military personnel working together to build on partnerships, interoperability, and the ability to respond to contingencies in the region.
Site Marianas was instrumental in the coordination and transportation of ships cargo en route to Townsville, Australia, in support of the exercise. Over 20 active duty and Reserve personnel from NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Site Marianas; the Global Logistics Support Enterprise Logistics Readiness Team (ELRT); USS Ronald Reagan Beach Detachment; the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit; and the U.S. Navy Reserves arrived in Guam to support the exercise.
“One of the greatest things about our Navy is that we have multiple different assets to use around the world to accomplish our mission. From military aircraft to replenishment ships, it is incredible the abilities that we have to ensure the success of the mission” said Lt. Brent Cohen, Site Marianas logistics support officer.
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NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Det. A Naval Reserve Officer-in-Charge Lt. Timothy Blank and NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Site Marianas Logistics Support Officer Lt. Brent Cohen discuss the flight manifest for Townsville, Australia, during Talisman Sabre 2017. –photo by Cmdr. Frederick Skinner
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Site Marianas and exercise support personnel loaded a total of 25 CFAF C-130 and C-40 aircraft at Andersen Air Force Base en route to Townsville, Australia. The process of cargo consolidation began in mid-June at the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Guam Marianas (DDGM) compound. For more than 30 days, the team at Site Marianas consolidated and built 96 463L pallets transporting 205,000 pounds of cargo for the units participating in Talisman Sabre. The ship’s cargo that were consolidated on Guam were in support of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS Ashland (LSD 48), USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS Barry (DD 933), USS Sterett (DDG 104), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10), USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194), USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and multiple embarked aircraft squadrons. After the cargo was consolidated and secured to the Air Force master pallets, it was transported to the Cargo Deployment Facility yard on Andersen Air Force Base for weighing and certifying. ELRT personnel accompanied the cargo to ensure that the material was certified for the upcoming CFAF aircraft load the following morning. The morning after the cargo was certified, it was transported to the 734th Air Mobility Squadron, where it was loaded onto a K Loader, and then physically pushed onto the aircraft by the ELRT.
“From the planning to the conclusion, the entire NAVSUP FLC Guam team remained in lockstep with DDGM to ensure cargo was palletized, segregated, staged and ready to load at moment’s notice,” said Cmdr. Frederick Skinner, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Site Marianas site director. “I could not be more proud of my team, Reservists, beach detachments, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and the ELRT for their hard work, meticulous planning, and execution of this critical mission.”