BY CMDR. DONNA JOHNSON, DIRECTOR, NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER JACKSONVILLE SITE NAVAL
AIR STATION JOINT RESERVE BASE FORT WORTH
On May 20 and 21, 391 active and Reserve Supply Corps officers gathered in Dallas for the National Reserve Component (RC) Supply Corps Symposium.
Attendees included Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and Chief of Supply Corps; Rear Adm. Valerie Huegel, deputy commander, NAVSUP; and Rear Adm. Alan Reyes, Reserve N4, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
“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 and 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, Rear Adm. Jack Moreau, Capt. Ken Epps, Capt. Rè Bynum, and Capt. Ray Bichard.
“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.