Vice Adm. Philip H. Cullom, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, recently announced the winners of the 2015 Admiral Stan Arthur Awards which highlight military and civilian logisticians who epitomize excellence in logistics planning and execution. One of our own fellow Supply Corps officers, Lt. Nathan Peck, Surface Router for Commander, United States Naval Forces Central Command, Task Force FIVE THREE (CTF 53), has been named 2015 Military Logistician of the Year.
In support of Joint and combined operational units participating in FIFTH Fleet Maritime Security Operations, Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, and the Global War on Terrorism, Lt. Peck stepped in and filled the vacant operations department head position and expertly directed CTF 53’s ability to plan and execute logistics evolutions in an extremely dynamic operating environment. His careful scheduling enabled world–class maintenance in support of sustainment at sea and increased the warfighting readiness of both U.S. and coalition forces. He created an innovative replenishment schedule that reduced Combat Logistics Force fuel consumption and saved more than $11 million. He also positively influenced a series of firsts in Combined Operations as he worked with embedded liaison officers from both France and the United Kingdom, culminating in the replenishment of a U.S. aircraft carrier by a French oiler, a first for both the U.S. and France. He executed operational tactical command of French oilers FS Meuse, FS Marne, and U.K. oiler RFA Fort Victoria that were instrumental in the support of a maneuver for U.S. Navy combatant units and coalition partners.