NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Celebrates Native American Heritage

NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Celebrates Native American Heritage

by Sky M. Laron, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Director of Corporate Communications
FLEACT Yokosuka

YOKOSUKA, Japan – Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka headquarters celebrated cultural diversity during a Native American Heritage Month event, Nov. 20, at Yokosuka Naval Base.

In November 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating the month as, "National American Indian Heritage Month” and each year since, Americans observe Native American culture from November 1st to November 30th, by celebrating the histories and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors were the original inhabitants of the United States.

This year’s theme is "Growing Native Leaders: Enhancing Our Seven Generations."  

“Today, we here at NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka celebrate the indigenous people of North America, the American Indian and Alaska Native people, or as noted throughout history, the “First Americans,” and their unyielding commitment to the United States,” said Capt. Raymond Bichard, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, commanding officer.

The event began with an educational reading and a speech by Bichard and concluded with a command-wide Turkey Cook-Off, which had various departments throughout the enterprise pitted against one another to determine whose Thanksgiving bird tasted the best.

 “It’s amazing when we can come together as a command and share and learn about different cultures together,” said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Mark Delahoz, one of the command’s Multi-cultural committee members.

These special observances are conducted to recognize the continuous achievements of all Americans to American culture and to increase awareness, mutual respect and understanding. They are designed to enhance cross-cultural awareness and promote harmony among all military members, their families and the civilian workforce.

The U.S. Navy conducts activities in observance of nine specified diversity-related groups, events or individuals throughout the year.

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 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.

NAVSUP GLS comprises more than 5,700 military and civilian logistics professionals, contractors and foreign nationals operating as a single cohesive team providing an array of integrated global logistics and contracting services from 110 locations worldwide to Navy and Joint operational units across all warfare enterprises.

A component of the Naval Supply Systems Command headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, NAVSUP GLS is part of a worldwide logistics network of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel providing combat capability through logistics.

For more news from Naval Supply Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navsup/.

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