Managing Billions for the Navy


Story Number: NNS140718-24Release Date: 7/18/2014 7:19:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) LaTunya Howard, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Appointed to lead the Military Standard Requisitioning and Issue Procedures (MILSTRIP) segment of financial improvement audit readiness, Mark Dexter is at the top of his game.

He manages the largest portion of U.S. Pacific Fleet's operational budget, at $4.6 billion per year, while making his job appear easy.

"I'm actually the deputy director for fleet supply at Commander, PACFLT, said Dexter. "In September 2012 the director for fleet supply gave me the lead for MILSTRIP as a collateral duty."

Fleet supply is responsible for policy and procedures used by all supply departments within PACFLT. The MILSTRIP segment includes every repair part, consumable, gallon of surface/aviation fuel and food item ordered using a national stock number (NSN).

Dexter, a retired Navy supply corps commander, ensures all commands that spend PACFLT funds for NSN material are ready for a financial audit by an independent public accountant using the following generally accepted accounting principles:

1. Every item ordered using a NSN was approved before ordering.
2. Prices of NSN items are regularly updated in the systems used ashore and afloat.
3. Verify the price used when government funds are obligated is current for each item.
4. Controls are in place to validate any price changes.
5. Confirm the delivery of what was paid for.

Utilizing the five principles increased PACFLT's audit readiness by 75 percent.

"When I assumed the collateral duty as MILSTRIP lead, we were in the middle of an internal Navy self-audit to see how well we would do in the five identified areas," said Dexter. "Of the samples reviewed from PACFLT commands, only 22 percent passed the self-audit. In a July 2013 Navy self-audit, PACFLT commands scored 97 percent, which was 7 percent better than the 90 percent goal. The score helped increase the Navy's overall score and helped the Navy assert audit readiness two-months earlier than expected."

The purpose of the audit is to make sure we are documenting what we buy through every step and to make sure we are getting what we paid for and can prove it with documentation, said Dexter.

For his efforts, Dexter was named the 2013 Civilian Logistician of the Year.

The Adm. Stanley R. Arthur Awards for Logistics Excellence were presented via teleconference with Adm. Arthur and winning members July 2. The award recognizes military and civilian personnel who epitomize excellence in logistics planning and execution.

"Professionally, receiving the Adm. Stan Arthur award demonstrates that my chain-of-command appreciated the effort it took to lead the PACFLT team," said Dexter.

Personally, I've always tried to serve God, country, family and others first.
Although this was an individual award, the type commander action officers and every supply officer, Sailor, Marine, and civilian providing logistics support at Pacific Fleet commands had to execute the plan to achieve this tremendous improvement. So, personally, I humbly accepted the award on behalf of every PACFLT Logistician - they made it happen and continue to do the job the way they were trained to so we can be audit compliant."

The task of managing Navy funds isn't Dexter's first lead position.

He was commissioned by way of Reserve Officers Training Corps at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1980 and retired from active service in 2000. During active duty service, Dexter served aboard a fleet ballistic missile submarine and two submarine tenders.

"I also served at the Polaris Material Office Atlantic, Naval Postgraduate School Monterey CA, Naval Supply Center San Diego, and Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet," said Dexter. "After retiring from active service, I was a contractor working at Afloat Training Group, Pacific (2000-2005), Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (2005-2008) and COMNAVSURFPAC (2008-2009). I joined civil service and COMPACFLT in July 2009."

Every day I have an opportunity to help solve a problem for our Sailors and Marines. Serving them makes my day, said Dexter.

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