BY SKY M. LARON, DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER YOKOSUKA
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FMC1: Michael Kinstle, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka, Fleet Mail Center (FMC) postal manager, discusses fleet postal support with Capt. Katie Boyce, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Navy Reserve commanding officer, Jan. 20. Sailors, Marines, Japanese Master Labor Contract and United States Civil Service employees at NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka’s FMC, located in Yokohama, work around-the-clock to ensure timely delivery of military mail for a wide variety of supported commands in the region.
Whether working in the U.S. or deployed overseas, ashore or at sea, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka Reservists are trained and able to go anywhere the fleet needs them.
Capt. Katie Boyce, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Navy Reserve commanding officer, toured operations in Yokosuka Jan. 19-21, getting a firsthand look at the Reserve Sailor logistics support being provided to the 7th Fleet.
“The priority is to ensure there is a seamless integration of the Reserve Force into the different [NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka] mission areas,” said Boyce.
America’s Navy Reserve is an essential element of the Total Force that is America’s Navy.
The commanding officer spoke with Reserve Sailors who were currently on rotation in support of the Fleet Mail Center (FMC) in Yokohama as well as Yokosuka Post Office.
The FMC provides the best possible postal services in support of all Forward Deployed Naval Force ships, thousands of military and civilian personnel, and all mobile units operating in the Pacific area of responsibility (AOR), which is an enormous task that FMC employees deliver on a daily basis.
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Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Hoang Le, a Navy Reservist, augmented as a member of the Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka fleet support mission, performs postal operations at the Fleet Mail Center in Yokohama, Japan Jan. 20.
With the support of their Reserve counterparts, these Asia Pacific based logisticians are ensuring that millions of pieces and millions of pounds of letters and packages arrive safely to their destinations.
In addition to postal operations, the reservists are deploying to the dozens of real-world exercises that NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka supports throughout the AOR.
“We support various exercises and all the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka sites,” said Lt. Cmdr. Eric Gardner, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Reserve Support director. “In terms of total manpower, our reserve force will provide a minimum of 1,148 days of support for fiscal year 2016, conducting logistics support representative (LSR), postal and exercise support.”
LSRs provide critical logistics and sustainment support pierside, shipboard and on the beachhead by pushing the needed food, fuel, mail, material and critical parts to the last tactical mile into the hands of servicemembers who need it most.
Everybody wins, with the command receiving the needed boots-on-ground assistance at the deckplate level as well as the individual Reserve Sailor who gains the real world training that is going to stick with them in case they are called upon in a future contingency or emergency, said Boyce.