BY JOE YANIK, Office of Corporate Communications, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella held a change of command ceremony Aug. 1, during which Capt. Alsandro “Jay” Turner relieved Capt. Dion English as commanding officer.
“To my NAVSUP FLC Sigonella family, you have a phenomenal reputation for being a focused and innovative group of logisticians who know what it takes to support our fleet and our region,”Turner said during his remarks after taking command. “Our nation has been charged to meet multiple challenges from the new arena of cyber security to the rebirth and increased maritime presence above, on, and beneath our oceans which have not been felt for decades. We must be poised and ready to support our warfighters and partners operating in areas that stretch from across Arctic waters to arid lands. We will serve as the key enabler to ensure the fleet can ‘answer all bells.’”
During his departing remarks, Capt. English reflected on his experience serving and living in Sicily, and he thanked his family and his staff for the support they had given him during his tour that began in 2017. He continued by praising all the military and civilian members assigned to NAVSUP FLC Sigonella for their work ethic, professionalism, and dedication to the command’s mission over the past couple of years.
“I could not have asked for a better command or location to serve as commanding officer,”English said. “Whether I asked you to focus on getting back to the basics, reform, inspector general inspection, or maintaining a readiness to fight tonight and win, you have answered that call. You consistently rose to the occasion to face every challenge. You not only met those challenges, but you routinely exceeded expectations.” Presiding officer for the ceremony was Rear Adm. Grafton “Chip” Chase, director, Readiness and Logistics, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa. During his remarks, Rear Adm. Chase highlighted several of the command’s major accomplishments that occurred during Capt. English’s tour, including NAVSUP FLC Sigonella’s logistics support during Exercise Trident Juncture and the command’s increase of contracting support for husbanding services. “Over the course of Capt. English’s command tour, his team has achieved remarkable success, and answered the question can you fight and can you win,” Chase said. Rear Adm. Chase expressed confidence in Capt. Turner’s ability to build upon the achievements of NAVSUP FLC Sigonella and Capt. English, while continuing to provide support to a high-ops tempo fleet. “Jay, you’ll quickly discover that this command is the most rewarding and yet most challenging job you’ll ever have. It is the most important role any leader will assume,” Chase said. “I tend to migrate toward great leaders; you are one of them.”
Capt. Turner is the eighth commanding officer of NAVSUP FLC Sigonella since it was established in 2005 as the seventh FLC to be a part of NAVSUP’s global logistics support network.