BY CMDR. DONNA JOHNSON, SITE DIRECTOR
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER JACKSONVILLE,
NAVAL AIR STATION JOINT RESERVE BASE FORT WORTH
On May 20 and 21, 391 active and Reserve Supply Corps officers gathered at the Dallas Hilton Anatole for the National Reserve Component (RC) Supply Corps Symposium. Attendees included Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and Chief of Supply Corps Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen; NAVSUP Deputy Commander Rear Adm. Valerie Huegel; Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Chief of Staff Rear Adm. Allie Coetzee; and Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Reserve N4 Rear Adm. Alan Reyes.
“So how do we continue to develop expertise?” asked Reyes. “Integrated training is one way. Commanding officers need to ensure Reserve Components understand they are part of the fight.”
One of the topics presented was “NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS) and NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Operations: Future RC Contingency Response Plan,” facilitated by a panel focused on active component (AC) and RC.
The panel consisted of Reyes, former commanding officer Navy Reserve, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain; Rear Adm. Jack Moreau, commanding officer, NAVSUP FLC Norfolk; Capt. Ken Epps, former commanding officer, NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor; Capt. Rè Bynum, former commanding officer, NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville; and Capt. Ray Bichard, former commanding officer, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka.
“Reserves fire on all cylinders, and when they are up and running, it can create a seamless integration,” said Moreau.
“Additionally, the integrated training teaches not just the Reservist,” added Bynum, “... even civilians are learning.”
The symposium was the first time in six years that such a large element of the Supply Corps gathered for professional training.
“As leaders, we need to be enthusiastic and passionate in taking care of our personnel, regardless of AC or RC affiliation,” said Huegel.