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Capt. Raymond W. Bichard, commanding officer, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka is piped aboard his new command during a change of command ceremony held at the Yokosuka Naval Base Fleet Theater Mar. 28.
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka held a change of command ceremony at the Fleet Theater aboard Yokosuka Naval Base, Mar. 28.
Capt. Raymond W. Bichard relieved Capt. Martin F. Fields, Jr. as Commanding Officer, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka.
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka is the Western Pacific region’s largest U.S. Navy logistics command. From its headquarters off Truman Bay, just 26 miles (41 kilometers) due south of Tokyo, the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka enterprise operates from more than 20 locations from Misawa, Japan, to Sydney, Australia; Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to Guam.
Rear Adm. Vincent L. Griffith, commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), presided over the ceremony and shared the importance that the command has in supporting the fleet and the overall U.S. defense strategy.
“On any given day, Marty and his team support between 60 and 70 ships, more than 200 aircraft and approximately 40,000 Sailors, Marines and their families,” said Griffith. “Your exemplary day-to-day support of deployed naval forces, enhanced by your close partnership with fellow logisticians in the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, are fully attuned to the war-fighting strategy embodied by our Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert in his Sailing Directions: Warfighting First, Operate Forward, Be Ready.”
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Rear Adm. Vincent L. Griffith, commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), addresses foreign dignitaries, distinguished guests and employees while presiding over the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka change of command ceremony Mar. 28 aboard Yokosuka Naval Base.
Griffith continued, “Given the unsurpassed leadership of Captain Fields and the uncommon professionalism of this command, it is no exaggeration to say that FLC Yokosuka brings relevancy to the operational table as they continue to meet today’s demand signals from the fleet.”
An incredible and lasting achievement has been left with NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, said Griffith.
“You have put your personal stamp on this command, and provided the leadership, mentorship, and a collaborative approach that has brought FLC Yokosuka great success,” said Griffith, referencing Fields tenure as commanding officer. “We are all indebted to you, and I extend my personal thanks for a job superbly well done.”
Fields has been at the helm for the past 18 months charting the course for the military, civilian, Master Labor Contract (MLC) and Foreign National personnel that make up the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka total force, “I have been honored to lead,” he said.
“The region in which we operate is highly dynamic and unpredictable, comprises a vast area and requires logistics forces that are highly trained, properly positioned, well focused and meeting the warfighters needs,” said Fields.
The NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka team is doing just that, on a daily basis, added Fields.
“The entire team has always surpassed the customer’s expectations and I’m at awe of your dedicated support,” said Fields.
During Fields’ tenure as commanding officer, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka supported dozens of exercises and real-world humanitarian operations, completed thousands of logistics missions in support of forward deployed naval forces in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility and earned numerous awards. Fields’ will be reporting to U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.
Bichard, a native of Spartanburg, S.C., and graduate of the United States Naval Academy, was commissioned in 1990 and comes to NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka most recently from Mechanicsburg, Pa., where he served as Director of Maritime Operations at NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (WSS).
“It is the character of an organization that makes it successful l… the people … the culture …the reputation,” said Bichard. “Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka has a rich heritage of strong leadership, excellent teamwork and outstanding customer support to the warfighter.”
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Rear Adm. Vincent L. Griffith (left), commander, NAVSUP GLS, shakes hands with Capt. Marty Fields (right), outgoing NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka commanding officer, while presenting the Legion of Merit (Gold Star in lieu of the Second Award) during a change of command ceremony held at the Yokosuka Naval Base Fleet Theater Mar. 28.
In thanking Fields for his leadership at NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, Bichard said, “You have built a strong tradition of success here and have set the bar extremely high … you have much to be proud of as you move on to your next assignment and you can expect to continue hearing great things about FLC Yokosuka as we build upon the foundation of excellence you have set.”
Directly addressing the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka employees, Bichard said, “I’m truly excited at the opportunities in front of us and look forward to working with you as our team continues to deliver the best possible services to our Navy, Marine Corps, Joint and Allied forces.”
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka delivers on a mission to serve the Asia Pacific Region’s forward deployed maritime warfighter with 24/7 operational logistics support integrating an extensive service provider network to deliver fuel, material, mail and supply chain services across the U.S. Navy’s largest geographical area of responsibility.
Story by Sky M. Laron; NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Director of Corporate Communications