Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen relieved Rear Adm. Mark F. Heinrich as Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and Chief of Supply Corps during a change of command ceremony held aboard Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, Pa., Oct. 3.
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Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen renders a salute as he is piped aboard during the change of command ceremony. (Photo by Jim Morrow)
Prior to assuming command of NAVSUP and serving as the 47th
Chief of Supply Corps, Rear Adm. Yuen served as Commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), headquartered in San Diego. While there, he led more than 6,600 military and civilian logistics professionals operating in more than 100 locations worldwide, and was also responsible for providing global logistics and contracting services to the Navy and joint operational units worldwide.
“I count today among the biggest moments in my life,” Rear Adm. Yuen said. “I am honored to stand here before you today as the Commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command and the 47th
Chief of Supply Corps. I am grateful and humbled by this opportunity to lead and serve the men and women of our supply family.”
A San Francisco native, Rear Adm. Yuen graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983, and as a midshipman, he attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as an exchange student, and was selected as an Olmsted Scholar. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business Executive Education Programs. Additionally, he completed the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, Navy Executive Business Course.
Rear Adm. Yuen’s Supply Corps duty at sea includes serving aboard USS Narwhal
(SSN 671), USS Constellation
(CV 64), and as Supply Officer aboard USS Nassau
(LHA 4). Ashore, he served as a Navy Acquisition Contracting Officer intern; Aide to the Director of the Supply, Programs and Policy Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; Career Counselor and Community Manager, Navy Supply Corps Personnel; Executive Assistant, Defense Logistics Support Center, Defense Logistics Agency; Executive Officer, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka; Deputy Commander of Corporate Operations, NAVSUP; Deputy Commander for Ships and Submarines, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Deputy Chief of staff for Logistics, Fleet Supply and Ordnance, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
He also served in a variety of joint assignments, serving as Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff, Joint Contracting Command – Iraq/Afghanistan, headquartered in the International Zone of Baghdad with 18 regional offices throughout both theaters. He also served as a Navy Individual Augmentee (IA) as Director, U.S. Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center (CDDOC), Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
During his speech, Rear Adm. Yuen explained that now is the time that “we take even more fiscal responsibility in our processes into the realm of delivering real innovation,” he emphasized. “We all must be able to answer the question, ‘Do you know what you do for the warfighter?’”
“From contracting to mail, food, integrated logistics, parts positioning, household goods, ammo, and fuel, we stand side-by-side with our warfighters to provide responsive and agile support by managing vast supply chains and forging partnerships throughout a constantly shifting global environment,” he added. “We must be ready so they are ready.”
Rear Adm. Heinrich retired after serving for more than 34 years. He assumed command of NAVSUP and the position as the 46th
Chief of Supply Corps in July 2011. In closing, Rear Adm. Heinrich extended a thank you to all he served with and for. “Thanks to all of you for making this the adventure of a lifetime,” he said. “I have always been proud to be a Supply Officer, but even prouder to be in the U.S. Navy. When the final score is tallied, my hope is that my contribution to the Navy will be close to the benefit I have received.”
By David Rea; NAVSUP Office of Corporate Communications