BY JAVANI G. JONES,
OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS,
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER BAHRAIN
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Bahrain hosted its first Industry Day, an interactive gathering of local professionals in logistics support, at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel Bahrain, Jan. 26.
More than 100 businesses from across the Gulf Region participated in networking and collaboration while learning general information for conducting business with the U.S. government.
Planned and organized by Lt. Cmdr. Tiffany West, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain Code 200 contracting officer, Industry Day highlighted vendor awareness of regulations required for services procured by NAVSUP FLC Bahrain. During the conference, contracting officers provided an overview of logistics needs and acquisition cycles.
“The inspiration was to educate the local industry on who we are, why we are here, and how they can help support our mission,” said Leah Herce-Andino, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain deputy director of contracting. “The goal was to ensure synergy between the government and industry representatives. We wanted industry to know that we are here to support the warfighter, and how their service or material might be able to help us and the contractor(s) accomplish that mission.”
One particular topic of interest for vendors during Industry Day was how to register as a U.S. government contractor. West, a contracting expert, guided participants through the specific websites required for the registration process. Vendors were then able to ask questions and give feedback on their experiences with submitting proposals.
Industry Day exemplifies the NAVSUP FLC Bahrain vision to be the first-choice logistics provider while building collaborative relationships with customers.
As NAVSUP FLC Bahrain continues to streamline logistics support, the constant communication with vendors is critical for new procurement opportunities. Later this year, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain plans to continue the process of building relationships with the local business community by hosting a fleet and maintenance industry day.