By Benjamin Benson, Naval Supply System Command Office of Corporate Communications
Naval Supply System Command’s (NAVSUP) semi-annual Commanders’ Conference focused on executing NAVSUP’s reform initiative and aligning to meet the fleet’s changing needs.
“We must ensure mission success. We must win tonight, and be ready for tomorrow,” said NAVSUP Commander Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen. Addressing NAVSUP’s customer-centric reform initiative, he said, “Our job is to understand what the warfighters need, and to take those requirements and translate it for our partners.”
Held at Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, the two-and-a-half-day event brought together NAVSUP commanders, assistant commanders, commanding officers and executive directors from across NAVSUP’s worldwide Enterprise.
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NAVSUP commanders, assistant commanders, commanding officers, and executive directors from across NAVSUP’s worldwide Enterprise listen to NAVSUP Commander Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen speak about NAVSUP’s reform initiative and aligning to meet the fleet’s changing needs. –photo by Janice Derk
The first day focused on NAVSUP’s eight Fleet Logistics Centers (FLCs) and their roles and responsibilities as they re-align as echelon III commands reporting directly to NAVSUP Headquarters. As part of a year-long realignment process, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (NAVSUP GLS), the command to which NAVSUP FLCs reported, was disestablished April 1. NAVSUP GLS’s functions have been realigned to NAVSUP Headquarters and the NAVSUP FLCs. The realignment removed an intermediate layer of command, improving command oversight and customer alignment, flattening the organization and delivering efficiencies that will enable faster support and greater accountability.
The conference continued with NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) Commander Rear Adm. Duke Heinz, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) Chief Executive Officer Robert J. Bianchi, and NAVSUP Business Systems Center (NAVSUP BSC) Commanding Officer Capt. Douglas M. Bridges Jr. addressing how they are implementing the reform initiative at their respective commands.
“We need to know the business–all of it. We need to be integrated. We are one team–one fight,” said Yuen, emphasizing NAVSUP’s role as Navy’s lead supply chain integrator.