Rear Adm. Vincent Griffith succeeded Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen as Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Global Logistics Support (GLS) during a change of command ceremony held aboard the USS Midway Museum, Wed., this past September.
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Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, Retired Rear Adm. Mark Heinrich and Rear Adm. Vincent Griffith render honors at the change of command ceremony during which Rear Adm. Griffith relieved Rear Adm. Yuen as Commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support.
NAVSUP GLS, based in San Diego, is the headquarters for a network of seven Fleet Logistics Centers around the globe, from Yokosuka, Japan, across the United States, to Sigonella, Italy. An eighth Fleet Logistics Center is being established in Bahrain.
As the “logistics face to the fleet,” NAVSUP GLS and its global logistics centers provide an extensive array of integrated global logistics and contract services to the Navy, Marine Corps, joint operational units and allied forces across all warfare enterprises around the world, including: regional transportation, fueling, ammunition supply chain management, household goods movement and postal services, among others.
Rear Adm. Yuen now serves as Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command, headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and also assumed the role as 47th Chief of Supply Corps.
“Today, NAVSUP GLS is providing innovative, creative, and cost effective solutions that allow our Navy to remain ready to meet current challenges, continue to develop a relevant and capable future force, and to support our Sailors, Navy civilians and their Families,” Rear Adm. Yuen said during the ceremony. “The message I would leave with this NAVSUP GLS team is, each one of us must understand what we do every day to support the war fighter. Today, we are relevant. Now, together, we must continue to develop an organization that is resilient but not redundant.”
“What makes the Supply Corps unique is that we do not simply support from afar or, as some might say, ‘In the rear with the gear.’ Instead, we are imbedded with the aviators, surface warfare operators, submariners, Seabees, SEALS, EOD Teams, the Marines, and – in many cases – the Army and Air Force,” he continued. “Our community prides itself in understanding the needs of the operator through first-hand experience. I am proud to say that we at GLS have continued this embedded culture that my predecessors here today fought so hard to instill and develop in our organization.”
Rear Adm. Griffith comes to NAVSUP GLS after serving as Director, Fleet Ordnance and Supply and as Fleet Supply Officer on the staff of Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Va.
“As I listened to Rear Admiral Heinrich’s and Rear Admiral Yuen’s remarks, they both highlighted NAVSUP GLS’s numerous contributions to readiness,” Rear Adm. Griffith said. “I am very impressed by the list of significant accomplishments. I am confident that we are aligned with the CNO’s tenets of Warfighting First, Operate Forward, Be Ready.”
“This team will be faced with numerous challenges. Despite these challenges, I am confident this team has the initiative, ingenuity and strength to provide outstanding support to warfighters around the world,” he added.
By H. Sam Samuelson; NAVSUP GLS Corporate Communications Director