NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Command of Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk changed hands during a ceremony Sept. 8 on board Naval Station Norfolk.
Capt. Michelle Coyne Skubic relieved Navy Supply Corps Capt. Lee Singleton as commanding officer of NAVSUP FLC Norfolk.
Supply Corps Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen, commander of NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), presided over the ceremony and delivered the keynote address following the invocation by Navy chaplain Cmdr. Daniel Stallard.
After a short time at the helm of the Navy's largest supply center, Singleton has been selected to serve as Rear Adm. Mark F. Heinrich's chief of staff at Naval Supply Systems Command headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Singleton, who reported to the command in June 2010, was the 40th NAVSUP FLC Norfolk commanding officer and presided over the center during a period of considerable change, including the execution of two mid-Atlantic base closure and realignment actions and implementation of two joint basing initiatives-Joint Base Little Creek-Fort Story and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.
"It was just a little over a year ago-in front of many of you attending today-that [Capt. Singleton] assumed command of NAVSUP FLC Norfolk," said Yuen. "Little did anyone know the pace and breadth of the changes that were going to occur ... including the 'One NAVSUP' branding initiative, and our subsequent command name changes to better describe our global logistics role in support of the Navy's global mission and our operational fleet customers."
Singleton told the invited guests that the history, the service and the importance of NAVSUP FLC Norfolk could really never be adequately told.
"It's an incredible command that's been here for decades and has always lived up to the Supply Corps motto - 'Ready for Sea,'" he said. "Although our organization has changed a little bit over the years, I will tell you that the one thing that has remained consistent and perfect has been the talented and unbelievable people that support this command. They have an unbroken record of delivering excellence no matter what the challenge is."
Skubic reports to NAVSUP FLC Norfolk from a tour as director of Supplier Operations at Defense Logistics Agency Aviation. Yuen said her reputation and impeccable academic and professional achievements-coupled with her expertise in acquisition and contract management and her joint logistics experience-were key factors in her selection as NAVSUP FLC Norfolk's next commanding officer.
"Command doesn't come automatically," Yuen said to Skubic during his remarks. "You don't get this job by seniority; it takes a proven record of excellence."
The Monterey, Calif., native holds a bachelor's degree in business management from California State University, Fullerton and a master's degree in acquisition and contract management from Naval Post Graduate School, where she graduated with distinction and was awarded the NAVSUP Award for Academic Excellence in Management and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Acquisition Excellence Award.
Her sea assignments included duty in USS Acadia (AD 42), which involved an eight-month deployment for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and her division's selection as the best sales and services division for the Pacific Fleet. She also served as the supply officer for the pre-commissioning unit McFaul (DDG 74), during which time her department earned its first Supply Blue "E" award for logistics excellence, and as supply officer for then pre-commissioning unit George H. W. Bush (CVN 77).
Ashore Skubic has served at Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, where she was selected as the 1995 Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean Supply Officer of the Year; Naval Air Systems Command; and Commander, Naval Surface Forces, where she served as deputy force supply officer. She completed a tour forward deployed as commander of the DLA Support Team in Kuwait where her team, in concert with other DLA activities, supported U.S Central Command, U.S. Army Central, and other DoD organizations in sustaining warfighter requirements for Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
Skubic's personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, and three Navy Achievement Medals. She is designated as a Naval Aviation Supply Officer and a Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer.
As NAVSUP FLC Norfolk's newest commanding officer, Skubic will lead nearly 1,600 military, civilian and contractor personnel operating out of 39 sites to provide logistics services to Sailors and other customers afloat and ashore in 13 states and the District of Columbia.
"I got to witness firsthand here what our team has to do in real life for emergencies or emergent situations such as Hurricane Irene, where we had to contribute to the necessary sorties of 37 ships," said Skubic. "Around the clock refueling, adjusted or accelerated food deliveries, expediting of parts, all done beautifully. It's been a real testament to what teamwork, dedication and fleet focus can accomplish and I couldn't be prouder to join such a team."
"NAVSUP FLC Norfolk will continue to play a critical role in NAVSUP's global logistics network," said Yuen. "I am confident that under [Capt. Skubic's] leadership, NAVSUP FLC Norfolk will carry on its legacy of 'service to the fleet.'"
NAVSUP FLC Norfolk, one of seven fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP GLS, provides operational logistics, business and support services to Navy, Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and other Joint and Allied Forces. Products and services include contracting, fuels, global logistics, hazardous material management, household goods, integrated logistics support, material management, postal, regional transportation and warehousing.
'Service to the Fleet' has been the motto of NAVSUP FLC Norfolk's professional suppliers since 1919 and continues to be its focus. The command's products are geared toward providing total operational readiness and customer satisfaction while reducing the cost of the DoD through regionalization and partnering.
NAVSUP GLS provides an array of integrated global logistics and contracting services to Navy and Joint operational units across all warfare enterprises. Comprised of more than 5,700 military and civilian logistics professionals, contractors and foreign nationals, NAVSUP GLS operates as a single cohesive team providing global logistics services from 110 locations worldwide.
A component of the Naval Supply Systems Command, NAVSUP GLS is part of a worldwide network of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel providing combat capability through logistics.
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