BY SHANNON R. HANEY, OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER SIGONELLA
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella is determined to put qualified Djiboutian companies first when Camp Lemonnier needs goods and services to further expand economic opportunity for the Djiboutian people.
NAVSUP FLC Sigonella met with the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti, Africa to discuss the Djibouti First Initiative.
U.S. Congress passed legislation in 2014 to give contractual preference to qualified Djiboutian businesses that provide goods and services to Camp Lemonnier. By passing legislation and creating a law that directly benefits businesses, the United States is showing its commitment to be a long-term partner with the people of Djibouti.
Coubeche Distribution was approved for a Djibouti First Initiative for fresh fruits and vegetables in March and for pastries and baked goods in May. These two victories will provide Camp Lemonnier with items such as fresh strawberries, lettuce, raspberry strudels, apple turnovers, and fresh baguette whole-wheat bread.
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NAVSUP FLC Sigonella Site Director, Cmdr. James Hormozi and CW04 Ernesto Garcia, regional program galley manager, Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia, visit the Coubeche Distribution warehouse and grocery store May 31. Hormozi was key in organizing and ensuring the Camp Lemonnier galley received fresh fruits, vegetables, pastries and baked goods through the Djibouti First Initiative, which gives preference to Djiboutian products and services in Department of Defense procurements in support of U.S. requirements in Djibouti. Photo by Lt. Desiree V. Woodman
Including Coubeche Distribution allows Camp Lemonnier to diversify food sources and to have a continuous supply of fresh fruits, vegetables, and pastries from a local source.
“Coubeche Distribution has an established logistics line to the base and we do not have to worry about how their products will be delivered,” said Cmdr. James Hormozi, NAVSUP FLC Sigonella, Site Djibouti site director. “I have always worried about sending service members on predictable paths and schedules out in town to pick up supplies, so this initiative is a huge advantage for everyone involved.”
NAVSUP FLC Sigonella continuously seeks to demonstrate its long-term commitment to Djibouti’s economic development, growth and stability.