Navy Supply Corps Conference Emphasizes Maritime Strategy Operations

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Supply Corps flag officers and senior executives discussed the critical role the Navy Supply Corps plays in supporting the Maritime Strategy during a two-day conference held in Washington Nov. 20-21.

Among the topics discussed were: the Supply Corps’ role in supporting joint operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster response capabilities, community management issues, challenges of providing logistics support to locations the Navy doesn’t typically operate, and new supply logistics systems that will provide the means to operate in the future.

“Face-to-face information exchange can never be underestimated,” said Rear Adm. Mike Lyden, chief of Supply Corps and Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP). “Together we identified where we stand in many key logistics areas, and how we should align ourselves to meet the needs of the warfighter and to support [Chief of Naval Operation’s] Maritime Strategy.”

CNO Adm. Gary Roughead provided updates on various initiatives, including the Littoral Combat Ship, Fleet Response Plan, and Ballistic Missile Defense. He also discussed Global Logistics Capability and how important it will be in enabling the Navy to be even more effective in the future.

The group discussed NAVSUP’s October 2008 implementation of Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) 1.0, the first step in adopting a business management system that will allow the Navy and NAVSUP to unify, standardize, and streamline supply functions into a single, secure, reliable, and accessible system.

“NAVSUP made a gigantic splash when it implemented Navy ERP,” said Vice Adm. Michael K. Loose, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics. “This is due, in large part, to NAVSUP leadership’s engagement in the field with their people.”

NAVSUP will implement the next phase of Navy ERP in February 2010.

The attendees also discussed the supply community’s new logistics specialist rating.

“This rating, which merges postal clerk and storekeeper ratings, will help shape the enlisted workforce of the 21st century,” Lyden said. He added that change will also greatly enhance the career opportunity for Sailors within the new Logistics Specialist rating.

Lyden said the conference was a great opportunity for military and civilian leadership in Navy Supply to share ideas and discuss issues. A highlight was a Combatant Commander update, during which two Supply Corps flag officers currently deployed to the Middle East teleconferenced in and provide their inputs to the discussions.

“We made a lot of progress in better defining our path ahead,” Lyden added.

NAVSUP’s primary mission is to provide U.S. naval forces with quality supplies and services. With headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 25,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP oversees logistics programs in the areas of supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, and security assistance. In addition, NAVSUP is responsible for quality of life issues for our naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods.

The primary mission of the Supply Corps is to provide expertise to the Navy and other services … including logistics, acquisition, and financial management … afloat and ashore. More than 3,500 naval officers—from Warrant Officer to Rear Admiral—are the business managers of the Navy, responsible for the supply and logistics support of the ships of the active Fleet and hundreds of Naval shore installations located worldwide.


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