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New 49th Chief of Supply Corps Assumes Command at NAVSUP

March 9, 2021 | By NAVSUP Office of Corporate Communications

By NAVSUP Office of Corporate Communications

Rear Adm. Peter G. Stamatopoulos succeeded then Rear Adm. Michelle C. Skubic as Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and Chief of Supply Corps, during a change of command onboard Naval Support Activity, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, June 19.

While immediate family members were present, pandemic restrictions precluded an attended ceremony. Nevertheless, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday delivered remarks via remote video, recognizing the accomplishments of Skubic and Stamatopoulos, as well as those of the supply community.

"The last few months have forced all of us to adapt the way we live and the way we work. Nobody knows that better than the NAVSUP team and our Navy Supply Corps, who have kept our fleet forward deployed and ready for sea during these challenging times,” Gilday said.

Gilday stated, “Skubic’s work at NAVSUP and as 48th Chief of Supply Corps has been truly transformative. During her tenure, our supply enterprise has become more data driven and, in turn, has delivered more readiness to our fleet. Nowhere was this more apparent than the critical role NAVSUP played in generating 341 mission capable Super Hornets over the past year. She led with transparency, conducting the first Enterprisewide audit in recent history. She understood that transparency builds trust and that I have access very dollar counts in generating naval power to the
American people.”

“Most importantly, Skubic understood the value of investing in our people—the true source of our strength,” Gilday added. “As the Chief of Supply Corps, she modernized officer education and development to better prepare our SUPPOs for this sustained period of great power competition. And, she
looked to leverage the talents of our enlisted force through initiatives such
as the enlisted contracting officer pilot program.” “Leading the NAVSUP Enterprise and service as the 48th Chief of Supply Corps has been the greatest honor of my career,” Skubic said. “As I look at our global portfolio, there is no mission, or line of effort, across the Navy that does not have NAVSUP in a supporting role.

We are developing Integrated Supply Chain Management tools and processes to enable our role as the Navy’s end-to-end supply chain manager. There is much more work to be done on that front.”

Gilday said, “I know that he will carry on her momentum and thinking anew about how to strengthen and sustain our fleet. I’m excited to see where you’re going to take our supply enterprise.”

Stamatopoulos said, “Adm. Gilday, thank you for your confidence, and Rear Adm. Skubic, for your continued support as together, we work to improve the lethality of our naval forces across the planet earth through the warfighting advantage only NAVSUP and the Supply Corps can provide.

“It is a great honor to have been selected to serve as your Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and 49th Chief of Supply Corps,” Stamatopoulos noted. “I look forward with great anticipation to leading the NAVSUP team – where I stand ready to learn, align, and lead with you in advancing logistics, and supply chain capabilities to ensure naval forces have the highest level of competence and confidence to close on any adversary anytime, anywhere.”

Gilday acknowledged, “We cannot provide the stability and security our national leadership demands without you—the nearly 47,000 members of our Navy supply team.”

Stamatopoulos previously served as director, logistics (J4), U.S. European Command.

Previous ashore duty stations include: director, supply, ordnance and logistics operations division, N41, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV), Washington, D.C.; director, fleet ordnance and supply and fleet supply officer, N41, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; assistant chief of staff, Logistics and ordnance, Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific; commanding officer, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center, San Diego, California; chief of staff, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support, San Diego, California; logistics services division chief, Joint Chief of Staff, J4; head Program Objective Memorandum development section, OPNAV N80, Washington, D.C.; executive assistant to the vice commander, NAVSUP, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; and supply officer, Fighter Wing U.S. Pacific Fleet and Fighter Squadron (VF) 124.

Stamatopoulos' previous operational assignments include USS Chicago (SSN 721); USS Constellation (CV 64); Logistics Forces, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (CTF 53); Expeditionary Strike Group Three embarked USS Peleliu (LHA 5); and Commander, Task Force 59, U.S. 5th Fleet. During those tours he participated in the Cold War, operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Determined Response, Enduring Freedom and the Non-Combatant Evacuation of American Citizens from Lebanon.

Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper announced June 9 that the President nominated Skubic to the rank of Vice Admiral and assignment as director, Defense Logistics Agency, headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Skubic became commander, NAVSUP and 48th Chief of Supply Corps July 13, 2018. She is the first female to have served in the dual-role position.

Prior to becoming commander, NAVSUP and Chief of Supply Corps, Skubic was division officer in readiness and services billets, aboard USS Acadia (AD 42), which included deployment for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; supply officer aboard Precommissioning Unit (PCU) McFaul (DDG 74), built in Pascagoula, Mississippi; and supply officer aboard PCU George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), built in Newport News, Virginia, which was commissioned to the fleet in January 2009. Additionally, she completed a tour forward-deployed as commander, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Support Team in Kuwait, where her team, in concert with other DLA activities, supported U. S. Central Command, U. S. Army Central and other department of defense organizations in sustaining the warfighter’s requirements for Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. Skubic’s shore assignments include: services officer and carrier readiness officer at Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, San Diego; combined bachelor quarters officer and aviation support division officer, Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily; deputy department head for program contracts, Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, Maryland; deputy force supply officer, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, San Diego; director of supplier operations, DLA Aviation, Richmond, Virginia; commanding officer, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, Virginia; chief of staff, NAVSUP, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; director, Logistics, Fleet Supply and Ordnance, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam, Hawaii; and commander, DLA Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio.