COMFISCS and FISC San Diego Established as Separate Commands

Story Number: NNS060721-01Release Date: 7/21/2006 7:21:00 AM
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From Naval Supply Systems Command Headquarters Office of Corporate Communications

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) -- Effective Aug. 1, Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers (COMFISCS) and Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) San Diego will become separate commands to better serve the Navy's global logistics mission.

As part of Naval Supply Systems Command Transformation efforts, Rear Adm. Daniel H. Stone, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and chief of Supply Corps, requested and received approval from Secretary of the Navy Dr. Donald Winter to create two very distinct commands - COMFISCS to focus on global logistics issues and drive best practices across the seven FISCs, and FISC San Diego to focus on local logistics issues, as well as provide optimal supply support to Commander, Navy Region Southwest. Approval for this action was received under OPNAV Note 5450.

Both COMFISCS and FISC San Diego will remain in San Diego.

"The separation of COMFISCS and FISC San Diego into stand-alone commands is very timely," said Rear Adm. William, Kowba, assigned as the first Commander, FISC San Diego. "We have spent the past three years getting organized in a 'realignment' phase that has resulted in the emergence of a global supply support network of seven FISCs dispersed at over 100 operating sites.

"We now must move to a 'refinement' phase in which the COMFISCS team concentrates on enterprisewide strategies necessitated by new roles and responsibilities, while the FISC San Diego staff addresses the logistics mission commitments to Navy Region Southwest and other local customers," he continued. "This organizational change is an opportune re-balancing of our efforts, one that facilitates the transition to the next transformation phase."

In 2002, the Naval Supply Systems Command began implementation of a transformation plan based on a series of structural, functional, and customer alignment initiatives. One of the principal actions taken was the designation of FISC San Diego as "lead FISC." FISC San Diego was assigned responsibility to drive common policies across seven supply centers located in San Diego; Norfolk, Va.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Puget Sound, Wash.; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Yokosuka, Japan; and Sigonella, Italy; and to broker workload to maximize productivity in waterfront support.

The commander of the lead FISC was also assigned to support logistics requirements for Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). The other six FISCs were realigned as Echelon IV activities reporting to Kowba. A standard FISC organization model was established and the title COMFISCS was created to signify the Echelon III leadership of the lead FISC.

Since 2002, the original assumptions and concept of operations of the "lead FISC" organization have been dramatically altered. Substantial changes in the scale of operations and global supply support necessitate a stand-alone flag-level COMFISCS Echelon III command, and the reestablishment of FISC San Diego as an Echelon IV command with an O-6-level commanding officer. FISC San Diego will be under the command of Capt. Craig Herrick.

With implementation of the change, NAVSUP continues to focus best practices in delivering combat capability through logistics.

NAVSUP's primary mission is to provide U.S. naval forces with quality supplies and services. With headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and employing a worldwide workforce of more than 24,000 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.

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