BY SHANNON HANEY, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER SIGONELLA
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella celebrated the establishment of the Expeditionary Contracting Support (ECS) Branch with a ribbon cutting ceremony onboard Naval Air Station Sigonella Dec. 9.
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Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella contract specialist personnel participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the establishment of the Expeditionary Contracting Support (ECS) Branch. From left to right: Dustin Gilroy, Keely Pool, Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Parker, Howard Girvin, Donita Workman, and Executive Director Gerry Harms. –U.S. Navy photo by Shannon Haney
The ECS Branch consists of contracting specialists, some whom are deployable to provide assistance in forward deployed operations. The primary responsibility of the ECS Branch is to contractually support Navy expeditionary activities within the Europe and Africa (EURAF) area of responsibility (AOR) for supplies and services under NAVSUP contracting authority. The supplies and services consist of land transportation, heavy equipment, electrical power, communication services, petroleum, lodging, meal service, waste collection, pest control, bottled water, showers, latrine, and laundry.
The ECS Branch closely liaises with planners, attends pre-deployment briefs, and engages routine communications with Naval Special Warfare Units, U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, and U.S. Special Operations Command Africa to ensure full support within the bounds of NAVSUP delegated procurement authority for all Navy exercises and deployments associated with non-established operations. The ECS Branch will also participate in post-deployment debriefs to identify any concerns and address lessons learned to ensure increased success in future expeditionary requirements.
“The investment in advanced planning and continuous communication with senior leaders will grow and improve support over time,” said ECS Division Director Keely Pool. The planning phase of the Saharan Express, Cutlass Express, and Obangame Express 2016 exercises are underway and the ECS Branch is actively engaged with Navy expeditionary activities that will facilitate and execute the exercises.
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Cmdr. Stephen Wilson, commanding officer of Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Logistics and Support Unit (Left), collaborates with Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella leaders, Executive Officer Cmdr. Christopher Waldron (middle), and Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Parker (right) during an expeditionary contracting support brief. NAVSUP FLC Sigonella is responsible for contractually supporting Navy expeditionary activities within Europe and Africa area of responsibility for supplies and services under NAVSUP contracting authority. –U.S. Navy photo by Shannon Haney
The ultimate goal of the ECS Branch is to build consistent relationships with Navy expeditionary activities to allow them to operate seamlessly with confidence within the EURAF AOR.