ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Rear Adm. William Kowba visited Naval Station (NS) Rota March 4.
Gathered in the Gateway Theater with members from NS Rota's Supply Department, Kowba discussed the satus of the supply system in today's Navy and presented several awards to local service members.
Kowba said he was impressed with the variety of ratings he had seen in the awardee lineup.
"I rarely have seen such a diversified set of ratings," Kowba said. "I think that speaks to the multifunctional mission that you do here at Rota. I noticed some of the unusual and very relevant missions that you all deliver here, ranging from the fueling of the piers, shipboard support for those coming and going through the Gateway to the Med, the aviation mission you have here - it's a very diversified, multitasked installation, and I think that speaks to the value of what Rota is and will continue to be for our Mediterranean-centric Navy."
Kowba also talked about the what having new FISC in Sigonella means to Rota's service members.
"What it does is validate that we have a streamlined supply team throughout Europe," Kowba said, maintaining that while Sigonella was the center point, there are some critical spokes in the Mediterranean arrangement, including the supply team in Rota. "[You] are at the center of operations, whether coming or going from the Med or doing 'ops' on this side of the Atlantic. I really appreciate what you're doing."
Kowba added that the addition of the new FISC will strengthen the Navy team.
"This new FISC that we are standing up is all about building a strong, coherent team - one that can communicate, one that can compare notes, problem-solve together and exchange the best business practices," Kowba said.
Finally, Kowba spoke on the unending need for new ideas.
"I ask you all in the months ahead to bring your good ideas up as we try to frame this new concept," he said. "This is only the first chapter, and there is a good amount of reengineering, tweaking and confirming our good ideas as they come from blueprint into actuality. So I ask you all to think outside of the box as things progress, and when you think that we need to tweak something, please let us know."
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