SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers (COMFISCS) held a traditional Navy change of command ceremony Aug. 7 on the Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego.
Supply Corps Rear Adm. William A. Brown relieved Supply Corps Rear Adm. Raymond E. Berube as COMFISCS.
"Our Navy is truly blessed to have such talented leaders. Over the last two years, Rear Adm. Berube has led a global enterprise of seven supply centers providing a wide array of acquisition and integrated logistics services to our Navy and joint service customers," said guest speaker Rear Adm. Alan S. Thompson, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and Chief of Supply Corps.
"COMFISCS today is a much more effective and efficient enterprise as a direct result of his superb leadership. I am confident this positive momentum will continue as Rear Adm. Brown assumes command today.
"It is a critical time in the evolution of COMFISCS. I have every confidence that Rear Adm. Brown's leadership, combined with his great team of professionals, will take COMFISCS' successes to the next level."
Addressing the many family members, friends, employees, and honored guests gathered to witness the ceremony, Brown remarked, "It's a thrill for me to be installed here as commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers. I'm blessed to have one of the best jobs in the Navy; and I'm humbled to be entrusted with the responsibility and grateful for this opportunity of a lifetime. The COMFISCS team around the world will guard that trust and support the Navy in executing our logistics mission, as well as reinventing logistics support to fit with where the Navy is headed in the future."
Vowing to always do what's right for the Navy, Brown said of his team, "We will listen to our customers, doggedly pursue our alignment with their needs, and accept nothing less than a command structured around safety, service, accountability, mutual trust, diversity, and respect for everyone."
Brown holds a Master's in Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., and is a graduate of the Stanford Business School Executive Training Program. Brown's personal awards include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), and various other decorations. He is a recipient of the Navy League's Vice Adm. Robert F. Batchelder award and is a certified Navy Acquisition professional.
Berube, who was recently selected for promotion to the rank of rear admiral (upper half), is being assigned as Commander, Naval Inventory Control Point with offices in Philadelphia and Mechanicsburg, Pa.
The Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers provides an array of integrated global logistics and contracting services to Navy and Joint operational units across all warfare enterprises. COMFISCS is responsible for facilitating best business practices and efficiencies across the seven FISCs located in San Diego; Norfolk; Jacksonville, Fla.; Yokosuka, Japan; Pearl Harbor; Bremerton (Puget Sound), Wash.; and Sigonella, Italy; and for optimizing the performance of base supply functions and standardizing levels of service across 13 regions and 79 Navy installations.
COMFISCS comprises more than 7,000 military and civilian logistics professionals, operating as a single cohesive team providing global logistics services from nearly 135 locations worldwide. A component of the Naval Supply Systems Command, headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pa., COMFISCS is part of a worldwide logistics network of more than 25,000 military and civilian personnel providing "One-Touch Supply."
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