After serving our great nation for 30 years, Capt. William C. Power retired from the Navy and relinquished the helm of Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Puget Sound to Capt. Timothy Jett during a change of command ceremony on Nov. 14 at the Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor Chapel.
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Capt. Timothy Jett relieves Capt. William Power as Commanding Officer, NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound.
NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS) Commander, Rear Adm. James R. McNeal, presided over the ceremony and William E. Bickert, Jr., NAVSUP GLS Vice Commander, was the guest speaker.
“Bill’s tenure as Commanding Officer of NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound has been absolutely superb,” lauded Rear Adm. McNeal. “Under Capt. Power’s leadership, NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound received a Blue “E” for supply excellence at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and was cited for best practices in inventory management. Additionally, (the command) also received the highest inspection rating possible by the Defense Nuclear Security inspection.”
“Through Capt. Power’s personal engagement, he resurrected a failing $10 million fuel-tank relining project, bridging Naval Facilities Command, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and NAVSUP personnel from around the country to ensure success. He is truly one of a kind,” continued McNeal.
Capt. Power’s long and successful career began in 1984, when he enlisted in the Navy and served for three years in the Navy nuclear field as an electronics technician. While assigned to USS Mississippi (CGN 40), he received an appointment to Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island, earning his commission in 1987. As a Supply Corps officer, he served aboard three ships, including USS Wisconsin (BB 64), based in Norfolk, Virginia, and USS Butte (AE 27), based in Leonardo, New Jersey. He also served as the first military detachment officer-in-charge aboard USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1), the first of a brand new class of logistics support ships, homeported in Leonardo.
Ashore, Power served as supply officer at Naval Security Group Activity, Winter Harbor, Maine, and as propulsion weapons systems support officer, Naval Inventory Control Point, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, after which he served as the executive assistant to the vice commander, Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He also served as the business officer at NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (formerly Fleet and Industrial Supply Center) Puget Sound, Bremerton, Wash., and as the assistant Navy national account manager and chief of the director’s staff at Defense Logistics Agency headquarters, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Power came to NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound after completing a tour as director of logistics (J-4), U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.
Throughout his distinguished career Capt. Power received the Defense Superior Service Medal among numerous other joint and Navy personal awards and various campaign and unit awards.
Rear Adm. McNeal commended Capt. Power for his constant focus on the mission and the people during his tenure as Commanding Officer. “I’m in awe of what the NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound team does every day for our Navy and our warfighters as they preserve peace and stability around the globe, nobody does it better.”
Capt. Timothy Jett, NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound’s new Commanding Officer, will undoubtedly follow Capt. Power’s standard of excellence. “Tim comes equipped with all of the ‘right stuff’ to take command at NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound,” said Rear Adm. McNeal.
Capt. Jett’s sea duty assignments include USS Fairfax County (LST 1193), USS Maine (SSBN 741) (GOLD), USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). While Serving as Supply Officer aboard the CVN 77 he completed the ship’s maiden combat deployment earning consecutive Supply Blue “E” awards, it’s first battle efficiency award, and the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Battenberg Cup.
His shore assignments include, but are not limited to, NAVSUP Headquarters, Allied Forces Southern Europe, Naples, Italy; Peace Implementation and Stabilization Forces, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Supply Officer, Presidential Retreat, Camp David.
Rear Adm. McNeal expressed confidence that NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound remains in good hands with Capt. Jett, stating, “his leadership abilities, acquisition knowledge and logistics expertise are impeccable and I have no doubt that he is ready for the challenge of command.”
By Patrick “Tiny” Del Grosso, NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound, Office of Corporate Communication, and Jessica Holland, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support Public Affairs Office