NAVSUP GLS Commander Tours Asia Pacific Logistics Operations
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Rear Adm. James R. McNeal, Commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), visited NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka’s headquarters, defense fuel support points (DFSPs) and multinational site locations during a familiarization tour Mar. 1-13.
The tour gave the admiral a firsthand glimpse of NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka logistics operations in support of the maritime warfighter at Site Marianas in Guam, Site Sasebo and Yokosuka headquarters in Japan as well as Site Singapore, allowing for a better understanding of the logistics assets in play within the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
“It is your hard work every day that allows the fleet to do what it needs to do,” said McNeal, addressing a large crowd of supply officers, enlisted logisticians and civilian as well as Master Labor Contract (MLC) employees at NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka headquarters aboard Yokosuka Naval Base. “It is my job to give you guys the administrative support you need so you can support those grey things out there,” referencing the warships along the waterfront in front of the crowd.
From aerial fuel pipeline inspections in Guam to waterfront and pier side examinations of DFSPs in Japan, the admiral who oversees worldwide logistics support, boarded airplanes, bullet trains, helicopters, ships and small craft in order to witness the work of the logisticians within his enterprise.
“You are the standard bearer,” said McNeil adding that NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka was leading the enterprise in many different products and services that it provides to the fleet.
Touring operations was part of the mission but speaking first hand with the customers was another priority, which allowed McNeil to hear from supported ship and shore commands directly.
“I’ve consistently gotten praise for [NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka],” said McNeil, adding that he was humbled and honored to be at the helm of an organization, which delivers that kind of service.
Being forward deployed alongside the warfighter gives NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka the strategic advantage of being able to anticipate the customers’ needs and deliver on those needs daily.
“Thank you for what you do for the fleet and our country,” he said.
As the Western Pacific region's largest U.S. Navy logistics command, just 26 miles due south of Tokyo, the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka 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 as well as other supply chain services to include parts, material, provisions and mail across the U.S. Navy’s largest geographical AOR.
NAVSUP GLS provides Navy, Marine Corps and joint and allied forces with operational logistics capabilities via a network of eight subordinate NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Centers (FLCs) based around the world in San Diego; Norfolk, Va.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Yokosuka, Japan; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Bremerton (Puget Sound), Wash.; Sigonella, Italy and Bahrain.. NAVSUP GLS monitors waterfront support performance; manages NAVSUP FLC operations including contracting, fuels, global logistics services, hazardous material management, household goods movement support, integrated logistics support, material management, postal, regional transportation, warehousing, logistics operations, and ammunition; and provides base supply support for Navy installations worldwide.