By Tina C. Stillions, Office of Corporate Communications
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka held a change of command ceremony in Japan, late June.
Capt. Frank Nevarez relieved Capt. Jeffery Davis, who served as the 34th commanding officer for the U.S. Navy’s largest overseas logistics center.
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From right to left: Chaplain Lt. Leotra West, Capt. Frank Nevarez, Capt. Jeffery Davis, CMC Steve Horton, YN3 Logan Hawkins
“The burden of command is one that has been born since the dawn of time,” said Rear Adm. Keith Jones, deputy commander of NAVSUP, and guest speaker. “From the days of sail when ships were made of wood and Sailors were made of steel, to our current climate where our Navy has grown into a lethal and modern diverse force, commanding officers have shouldered the responsibilities laid upon them by their superiors. This is one of the most arduous and demanding areas of responsibility in the 7th Fleet. Covering a vast geographic area and having responsibility for many sites and locations, Capt. Davis and his team delivered premier logistics capabilities and expertise to our operational forces and installations.”
As commanding officer, Davis led a team of more than 1,200 in support of dozens of naval exercises and thousands of logistics missions supporting forward-deployed naval forces across one of the Navy’s busiest areas of responsibility. He championed development of the Logistics Playbook (LPB) during his time at FLC Yokosuka to address the fleet’s need for an integrated logistics resource tool. Created for logisticians and users of logistics data needing relevant and current information, it was implemented on the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Logistics Common Operating Picture secure network to enable users to make better informed decisions.
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From left to right: VADM Koji Oshima, Maritime Materiel Command commander, outgoing NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffery Davis and wife Leah Davis, Karen Navarez, incoming NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Commanding Officer Capt. Frank Nevarez and NAVSUP Deputy Commander Rear Adm. Keith Jones. –photos by Nobuhiko Kazama
“This is going to be tougher than I thought,” said Davis. “Today, in the land of the rising sun, the sun is now setting on my time in command of FLC Yokosuka. As I depart, I’ll leave you with a few thoughts: Live mindful of what stories you want to have told about you; choose today to prepare your mind and your heart to be ready to navigate these rough seas; and never let that which is most important become servant to those things which are least.”
Davis also acknowledged the dedication of the command’s master labor contract employees, which comprise 60 percent of the organization’s workforce, in attendance at the ceremony.
“I will always remember the kindness of the people of Japan and the wonderful adventure that Leah and I have been able to share with each of you,” he said. “We are changed because you have added to the richness of our life.”
The organization’s new commanding officer is Nevarez. Prior to reporting to NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, he was the division chief, Retail Operations Support for the Defense Logistics Agency.
“Even though I’m just starting out on this journey as your commanding officer, I’m already impressed by the dedicated teamwork on display by everyone in support of maritime operations in this region,” said Nevarez. “I look forward to leading this talented team, getting to know you, and continuing the strong partnerships that have already been established. Working together, we will continue to be the key enabler and provider of integrated supply and logistics solutions for warfighter readiness.”