Navy Establishes Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Sigonella, Italy


Story Number: NNS050128-03Release Date: 1/28/2005 12:52:00 PM
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By Ron Flanders, Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Public Affairs

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) -- Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers (COMFISC) announced in January the establishment of Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Sigonella, Italy, as the logistics hub for Navy Region Europe.

OPNAV Notice 5450 established FISC Sigonella, the Navy's seventh supply center, and disestablished the Navy Regional Contracting Center (NRCC) in Naples, Italy. The logistics and procurement functions, which were provided by NRCC personnel in Naples, Bahrain, London and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, are now completely integrated into FISC Sigonella as FISC Sigonella Detachment Naples.

"The establishment of FISC Sigonella is the culmination of great teaming on the part of Navy Region Europe, Navy European Command, CNI (Commander, Naval Installations), NAVSUP (Naval Supply Systems Command) and COMFISC," said Rear Adm. William Kowba, commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers. "We are bringing to life our vision for a robust, flexible and responsive logistics command, which will service the requirements of our warfighters and regional shore stakeholders in the European theater. This is a terrific opportunity to deliver cost-right capability and readiness in the logistics arena."

Existing supply departments at bases located throughout Europe, the Mediterranean and the North Atlantic will continue to operate, but as detachments under FISC Sigonella. This key leveraging move allows the Navy to optimize the performance of base operating supply-funded functions, while generating significant budgetary savings for the Navy's recapitalization efforts.

The consolidation of functions under FISC Sigonella such as supply chain management, contracting, hazardous materials management, mail services and other related logistics operations at bases in Navy Region Europe has generated a 27 percent reduction in military billets and a 30 percent reduction in civilian positions. This initiative is expected to save the taxpayer more than $8.4 million annually in labor costs alone.

NAVSUP's vision is to eventually have FISC Sigonella service Navy Region Southwest Asia once operations in Europe have been refined.

"I look forward to the challenges ahead as we work to make FISC Sigonella the logistics provider of choice in the European and Southwest Asian theaters," said Capt. Philip Valenti, the supply center's first commanding officer (CO). "Being the first CO of FISC Sigonella is an honor, and I'm excited about this great new team."

FISC Sigonella becomes the second supply center in an overseas location, along with FISC Yokosuka, Japan. The other five FISCs are located in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Bremerton (Puget Sound), Wash.; Norfolk, Va.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and San Diego.

Through the addition of FISC Sigonella to the COMFISC team of more than 4,500 military and civilian logistics professionals, NAVSUP will continue to be optimally aligned to meet the supply challenges of the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and other joint and allied forces in delivering combat capability through logistics.

For related news, visit the Naval Supply Systems Command Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/navsup.

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