SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) San Diego held a change of command ceremony July 11 on board the USS Midway museum in San Diego.
Capt. David Pimpo was officially relieved by Capt. Peter Stamatopoulos.
"One of the great advantages of our Navy and our Supply Corps is our people and our ability to have one superbly professional officer follow in the footsteps of another talented individual," said Rear Adm. Mark Heinrich, commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS) and guest speaker. "Today is the start of a new and exciting phase of the command's history under Capt. Stamatopoulos. His impeccable academic and professional achievements, coupled with his expertise, make him the absolute best choice to serve as NAVSUP FLC San Diego's next commanding officer."
Stamatopoulos will lead about 700 military, civilian and contractor employees operating out of 15 sites to provide logistics services to San Diego-based ships and shore commands.
"It is a privilege to command the NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego team," said Stamatopoulos. "I am thrilled to join a group of people known for their professionalism, creativity, flexibility and dedication. It's an exciting time and I am looking forward to continuing our partnering efforts with the fleet and provider enterprise to deliver effective, cost-wise readiness to our war fighters."
Stamatopoulos is a 1988 University of San Diego graduate who earned his commission through the school's Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program. He previously served as chief of staff for NAVSUP Global Logistics Support.
"Under Pete's leadership, this command will uphold its legacy and reputation as a world-class service provider for top-notch logistics services, which contribute to the defense of our nation," Heinrich said.
During his time in command, Pimpo oversaw rebranding and realignment evolutions, developed a leading-edge acquisition strategy, took over six aviation refueling operations and transferred 450,000 square feet of warehouse space to help streamline operations and save millions of taxpayer dollars. His tenure also saw the establishment and revitalization of several community outreach and diversity programs.
"The distinguished achievements and inspirational commitment to excellence of Capt. Pimpo and his team have made an extraordinary impact across a wide swath of the Navy," Heinrich said. "His community involvement and proactive efforts and commitment provided sustained superior support to the fleet, regional commander, base commanding officers and warfare enterprises."
Pimpo will report to his next duty assignment as deputy commander for logistics operations at NAVSUP headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
"Never in my naval career has it ever been more difficult to leave an assignment," Pimpo said. "I have been blessed to have led an unbelievable team of dedicated patriots who give their all every day to provide unmatched combat capability through world class logistics. When I cross that [ship's] brow, I'll be leaving the finest lineup I've ever had the privilege of working with."
NAVSUP FLC San Diego, one of seven fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP GLS, provides global logistics, business and support services to fleet, shore and industrial commands of the Navy, Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and other joint and allied Forces. Services include contracting, regional transportation, fuel, material management, household goods movement support, postal and consolidated mail, warehousing, global logistics and husbanding, hazardous material management, and integrated logistics support.
NAVSUP GLS comprises more than 5,700 military and civilian logistics professionals, contractors and foreign nationals operating as a single cohesive team providing global logistics services from 110 locations worldwide.
A component of the Naval Supply Systems Command headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pa., NAVSUP GLS is part of a worldwide logistics network of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel providing combat capability through logistics.
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