Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy Commander, Air Force Brig. Gen. Giovanni Tuck, toured Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka fuel facilities onboard Defense Fuel Support Point (DFSP) Hakozaki on the island of Azuma, located within Tokyo Bay, this past September.
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DLA Energy Commander, Brig. Gen. Giovanni Tuck (center), toured NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka fuel facilities at Defense Fuel Support Point (DFSP) Hakozaki, on the island of Azuma located within Tokyo Bay, this past September. John Floyd (left), NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Kanto Area Fuel Director, briefs the general and Air Force Col. Steve Kephart (right), DLA Energy Customer Operations Director, on the layout of DFSP Hakozaki while aboard a small craft ferry enroute to the island.
A primary reason for the trip begins with the White House-directed Pacific focus.
“This visit has everything to do with the President saying we are rebalancing to the Pacific,” Brig. Gen. Tuck said. The rebalance or pivot to the Pacific references the importance of America’s joint warfighter within this Area of Responsibility (AOR). “From an operational energy perspective, I need to be able to report back to my boss that we are doing what we need to be doing,” he added.
Ensuring that the services and the people on ground have what they need to accomplish their mission is critical, Tuck explained. “I’ve got to be able to support the warfighter at the strategic level to help NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka at the tactical level.”
The DLA Energy mission is to provide the Department of Defense (DoD) and other government agencies with comprehensive energy solutions in the most effective and efficient manner possible. From a DoD perspective, the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Fuels Department has a bulk petroleum inventory of nearly 600 million gallons, which is an astounding 10 percent of DoD's total global bulk petroleum inventory.
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka partners with DLA Energy to store and distribute this fuel by vessel, rail and truck throughout mainland Japan and the entire Asia Pacific region.
“We offer DLA Energy the wholesale and retail outlets for the provision of fuel products to the customer,” said Lt. Cmdr. Rasaq Balogun, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Fuel Support Director.
As half of the U.S. Navy’s deployed fleet is permanently home-ported in the Asia Pacific, it is vital that NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka has the fuel available to keep the ships moving and support the joint warfighter.
The NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Fuel Department provides that pivotal link in the supply chain process for the delivery of those fuel and energy products, Lt. Cmdr. Balogun said. With such a critical mission, it is essential to have a capable workforce, he stated, adding that, “Everything about the fuel business is technical in nature, with huge safety and environmental ramifications if not handled properly.”
“The safe receipt and delivery of fuel products to the customer cannot be achieved without having the right people in place with the right training to execute the mission,” Lt. Cmdr. Balogun emphasized. “Our people provide that second-to-none customer focused logistics service to the customer.”
One of DLA Energy’s strategic focus areas is to deliver agile and responsive logistics solutions to the warfighter, which is on display daily as NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka fuels the ships, aircraft and automobiles that project the rebalance and forward presence not only in Japan, but also across the region.
Story and Photos by Sky Laron, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Director of Corporate Communications