Logistics Support Representatives aid forward deployed ships
YOKOSUKA, Japan – NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka Logistics Support Representatives (LSRs), conducted a pier sweep alongside USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS Lassen (DDG-82) ensuring equipment and high priority parts were identified and verified ready for storage on board Yokosuka Naval Base July 8.
The pier sweep was just one of countless tasks that LSRs perform daily as part of the processing, coordinating and expediting of logistics requirements to support home ported and all transiting ships within the Asia Pacific area of responsibility (AOR).
“My main job is ship support,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Elijah Burgos, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka LSR. “We are basically an extension of the ship’s supply department.”
LSRs are extremely effective in providing boots-on-ground support to the fleet. From tracking down and receiving critical parts to coordinating deliveries of provisions, stores, mail and fuel.
“With the 7th Fleet ships always being forward deployed they need to be ready to go and that’s where we come in,” said Burgos.
That is why Burgos and the other LSRs across the entire NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka enterprise from Guam to Diego Garcia hit the deckplate running on a daily basis.
“LSRs go that ‘last tactical mile’ to ensure that our customers' logistics requirements are met,” said Lt. Peter Rivera, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka logistics support officer. “LSRs coordinate between the various shore supporting activities to deliver the services customers request so the customer does not have to ‘re-invent’ the wheel and build those relationships themselves, the LSR already has built them and uses them to support the ship.”
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka is the Western Pacific logistics integrator providing material, postal, bulk fuel and supply chain services to afloat and shore based commands, said Rivera.
“If their ship is in home port, the LSRs will visit their ship at least twice a week to go over any logistics concerns the ship has. Whether it is scheduling a crane to support an [air detachment] on load or reserving a bus for a gun shoot, the LSRs coordinate with the ship's LSC or S-1 LPO,” said Rivera.
More visits and meetings will take place when the ship is undergoing a major evolution such as deployment, added Rivera.
When a ship is deployed, the LSRs will provide distance support such as ensuring that the ship receives its high priority requisitions, said Rivera, adding “if the ship is visiting a foreign port the LSR might even be called upon to provide boots-on-ground support during that port visit providing all the same services as at the home port to include scheduling delivery of mail and parts but also searching for ways for the ship to save money during its port visit.”
“One LSR enabled the Navy to save approximately $75K in port costs during a recent visit to Ishinomaki, Japan,” said Rivera.
So whether it’s running along the pier ensuring freight and equipment gets to its desired destination or manning the phones to ensure contractors are able to deliver desired services for their ship customer, the LSR is everywhere the fleet needs to be, ensuring maximum support.
“My job is to lighten their logistical load,” said Burgos. “When they pull in somewhere an LSR will be there.”
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, one of eight fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), is the Western Pacific region's largest U.S. Navy logistics command, headquartered just 26 miles due south of Tokyo, the enterprise networks more than 20 sites and fuel terminals from Misawa, Japan, to Sydney, Australia; Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to Guam with a mission to serve the Asia Pacific Region’s forward deployed maritime warfighter with around the clock logistics support.