By Joe Yanik, Office of Corporate Communications, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella hosted NAVSUP Commander Rear Adm. Michelle Skubic for a tour of its logistics facilities at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella and Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Italy, in March.
“Rear Adm. Skubic’s visit afforded us a unique opportunity to demonstrate first-hand how our command bolsters readiness in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa Command’s areas of operations in support of her strategic objectives for our Enterprise,” said NAVSUP FLC Sigonella Commander Capt. Dion English. “We were excited and honored to host her.”
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NAVSUP Commander Rear Adm. Michelle Skubic speaks to military and civilian team members assigned to NAVSUP FLC Sigonella during a town hall at NAS Sigonella, Italy. –photo by Joe Yanik
Among the stops the commander made during her time at NAS Sigonella and NSA Naples were the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution warehouse, NAS Sigonella flight line for a fuels hydrant demonstration, Aviation Support Division, Fleet Mail Center, Augusta Bay NATO Pier and San Cusumano Petroleum Oil and Lubricants Depot, Navy Exchange complex, and Navy Lodge.
At NSA Naples, she conducted meetings with Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe– Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Chief of Staff and the N41 leadership, Site Naples, and Code 200 team. She visited the post office, fleet mail center and its support site’s Navy Exchange.
“Each of these visits showcased in some way the role the FLC plays with the fleet’s key logistics players on a NATO installation and how U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa Command’s current operations and evolving mission sets translate into NAVSUP’s logistics support response,” said NAVSUP FLC Sigonella Executive Director Bong Cabling.
While speaking with the NAVSUP FLC team members during the week, Rear Adm. Skubic emphasized the increasing impact the command has on naval operations amidst the evolving strategic environment within the United States Naval Forces Europe/Naval Forces Africa areas of operations. She also assured team members of the value they bring to the NAVSUP mission and relayed feedback to them from the U.S. 6th Fleet’s senior leaders.
“I’m here to thank each of you – military, civilian, and host nation shipmates – for what you do to support the fleet’s Sailors operating ashore or afloat, and their families,” Skubic said. “I know our customers and strategic partners take notice and praise your responsiveness. Our NAVSUP Enterprise directly supports each line of effort that our Chief of Naval Operations set forth for our Navy. So, I assure you that what you do makes a real difference.”
Within the last few years, the NAVSUP command experienced a dramatic increase in logistics support operations within the African theaters of operation.
“As both the operations tempo and the character of our Navy’s presence increase in Europe and Africa, so do the expectations that our Navy’s most senior leaders have of our Enterprise,” Rear Adm. Skubic said during her town hall remarks. “I say, as a team, we’ve got this.”