BY CAROL WILLIAMS, Office of Corporate Communications, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville held a change of command ceremony in Jacksonville, Florida, June 20. Capt. William Clarke relieved Capt. Matthew Ott, who served as the commanding officer of NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville since 2017. Rear Adm. Michelle Skubic, commander, NAVSUP, served as the presiding officer and guest speaker during the ceremony. “Like all across our NAVSUP Enterprise, your focus remains on the fleet, on the Sailors at sea who keep the Navy afloat, and all warfighters in harm’s way. Here in Jacksonville - as Capt. Ott passes the torch to Capt. Clarke - you will continue to provide superb logistics support for all forces in your area of responsibility,” said Skubic to an audience of more than 200 military and civilian personnel.
As commanding officer, Ott led a team of more than 950 in support of dozens of naval exercises and thousands of logistics missions supporting deployed naval forces across one of the Navy’s largest areas of responsibility. He championed development of the Materiel Exploratory Program Pilot Playbook to address the fleet’s need for a materiel management tool to support auditability, Maritime LOGCELL efforts, as well as led the activation of the first Enterprise Logistics Response Team after devastating hurricanes impacted the region.
During his tenure, NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville was recognized as the 2017 NAVSUP Logistics Team of the Year, earning the coveted Adm. Stan Arthur Award for Logistics Excellence, as well as the unit’s third Meritorious Unit Commendation.
“This is going to be tougher than I thought,” said Ott. “This has been an incredible tour of duty, working alongside teammates who fully embraced the ‘always the team’ concept I’ve worked hard to implement since I took command. Thank you to each of you for your guidance, your wisdom, and your commitment to our mission.” The organization’s new commanding officer is Clarke. Prior to reporting to NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville, he was the director of operations at Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support. “Today might be my first official day as commanding officer, but I am already blown away by the team of professionals at this command,” said Clarke. “I look forward to leading this talented team, getting to know you, and continuing the strong partnerships that have already been established. As a team, we will continue to champion our goal of providing outstanding support to our warfighters.”