SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- The commander of Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and chief of the Supply Corps talked to military logistics support personnel during a Supply/Logistics Enlisted Roadshow aboard U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Aug. 12.
Rear Adm. Michael Lyden was on Guam as part of a Western Pacific review of Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Yokosuka, Japan; FISC Yokosuka Detachment Sasebo, Japan; FISC Detachment Marianas; and FISC Pearl Harbor.
Lyden also visited Navy Exchanges in each area as Navy Exchange Service Command is also a large part of the NAVSUP enterprise.
Lyden and Command Master Chief (SW) James Collins, supply community enlisted leader, Naval Supply Systems Command, thanked the Sailors during the Supply/Logistics Enlisted Roadshow for their hard work and encouraged them to ask questions or voice concerns.
"We care about what you think," Lyden said. "Everything that master chief and I have focused on in the last year and a half while we've been together, hasn't been stuff that we dreamed up, it wasn't stuff that I kind of had in the back of my head when I took over the job. Its things that folks like you told us through forums like this."
Lyden commands a worldwide workforce of more than 25,500 military and civilian personnel in providing a broad array of logistics support and retail services to U.S. and allied naval forces. As chief of Supply Corps, he is responsible for community management of more than 3,500 active duty and Reserve Supply Corps officers and more than 27,000 active duty and Reserve enlisted personnel.
Lyden said the work that logistics specialists, culinary specialists, ships servicemen and others in the supply community do is important to the Navy.
"The neatest part of my job is getting credit for what you folks do. What I mean by this is when I talk to people at Chief of Naval Operations and senior Navy officers, they really appreciate the importance of supply and logistics, and all the different ratings here, and the work that you do," Lyden said. "There isn't a successful commanding officer out there that doesn't realize that their mission success depends on successful supply department operations."
Collins talked to Sailors about career advancement and educational opportunities in the supply community, noting that the "Navy is reshaping how we do business."
Collins said as the Navy focuses on becoming more efficient and creating an educated and technically savvy force, it is incumbent upon Sailors to do their part to ensure they maintain retainability. He encouraged Sailors to study their ratings, work hard and maintain good records.
"The day of having a flaw in your record and recovering are over," said Collins. "Your evaluation is the most important thing in your life. You have to be a top performer."
He added Sailors who work and study hard will have a better chance of advancing and staying in the Navy.
Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Richard Benton, of USS Frank Cable (AS 40), said he thought it was great that leadership was not only reaching out to Sailors but also offering advice to help Sailors like him build a strong Navy career.
"They told us what was going on in today's Navy," Benton said. "They gave us tools and information about what we need to do to get where we want to be."
Benton said he was glad for the opportunity to meet and speak with the supply community's leadership.
"I never thought I'd meet chief of supply and command master chief of supply, so for them to come out was pretty good," said Benton.
NAVSUP's mission is to provide Navy, Marine Corps, joint and allied forces with products and services that deliver combat capability through logistics. They manage supply chains that provide material for Navy aircraft, surface ships, submarines and their associated weapons systems. They also provide a wide range of base operating and waterfront logistics support services, coordinating material deliveries, contracting for supplies and services and providing material management and warehousing services.
To learn more about NAVSUP, visit their Web site at www.navsup.navy.mil.
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