NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Reserve Support Aids Fleet
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Whether working in the U.S. or deployed overseas, ashore or at sea, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistic Center (FLC) Yokosuka Reservists are trained and able to go anywhere the fleet needs them.
Capt. Katie Boyce, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Navy Reserve commanding officer toured operations in Yokosuka Jan. 19-21 getting a firsthand look at the Reserve Sailor logistics support being provided to the 7th Fleet.
“The priority is to ensure there is a seamless integration of the Reserve Force into the different [NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka] mission areas,” said Boyce.
America’s Navy Reserve is an essential element of the Total Force that is America’s Navy.
The commanding officer spoke with Reserve Sailors who were currently on rotation in support of the Fleet Mail Center (FMC) in Yokohama as well as Yokosuka Post Office.
The FMC provides the best possible postal services in support of all Forward Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) ships, thousands of military and civilian personnel and all mobile units operating in the Pacific Area of Responsibility (AOR), which is an enormous task that FMC employees deliver on daily.
With the support of their Reserve counterparts these Asia Pacific based logisticians are ensuring that millions of pieces and millions of pounds of letters and packages arrive safely to their destinations.
In addition to postal operations, the reservists are deploying to the dozens of real-world exercises that NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka supports throughout the AOR.
“We support various exercises and all the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka sites,” said Lt. Cmdr. Eric Gardner, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Reserve Support director. “In terms of total manpower our reserve force will provide a minimum of 1,148 days of support for fiscal year 2016, conducting logistics support representative (LSR), postal and exercise support.”
LSRs provide critical logistics and sustainment support pierside, shipboard and on the beachhead by pushing the needed food, fuel, mail, material and critical parts the last tactical mile into the hands of servicemembers who need it most.
Everybody wins, with the command receiving the needed boots-on-ground assistance at the deckplate level as well as the individual Reserve Sailor who gains the real world training that is going to stick with them in case they are called upon in a future contingency or emergency, said Boyce.
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 24/7 operational logistics support integrating an extensive service provider network to deliver fuel, material, mail and supply chain services across the U.S. Navy’s largest geographical AOR.