NAVSUP Business Systems Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Story Number: NNS120216-09Release Date: 2/16/2012 3:38:00 PM
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By Cmdr. Curtis Culwell

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) -- Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center (BSC) celebrated its 50th anniversary Feb. 14.

NAVSUP Commander, Rear Adm. Mark Heinrich, served as the ceremonial guest speaker, along with NAVSUP BSC Commanding Officer, Capt. Doug Newell.

The event featured reflections on the culture and events at the time of the command's establishment in 1962, the evolution of the Navy and information technology since then, and the future role of NAVSUP BSC in supporting the Navy.

During the ceremony, Newell reflected on the transition of the Navy and NAVSUP BSC, and commended the work force for their many contributions.

"We have a global Navy that depends on you for support," he said. "As we talk about reducing platforms, the biggest thing that has changed is our ability to process information through connectivity. All of this connectivity is because of people like you, and teams in the other systems commands that have leveraged our networks to increase the flexibility and capability of our Navy.

"We have fewer people, fewer ships, but we are more capable, because of your efforts," Newell added.

Heinrich spoke of the future of NAVSUP BSC. "As the Navy and the Department of Defense head down the road, to be more agile, more effective, more able to maintain a persistent force, the role of our ERP systems, the role of business systems, the role of NAVSUP Business Systems Center, is a critical one," Heinrich said.

Following Heinrich's remarks, Niemiec opened a time capsule sealed in 1997 by the command, formerly known as Fleet Material Support Office (FMSO), then Navy Supply Information Systems Activity. The capsule contained a collection of items from the 1990s and earlier. Included in the capsule were photos of employees, mementos from the events celebrating FMSO's 35th anniversary in 1997, and memorabilia from various initiatives from those early years, along with newspapers from the time the capsule was sealed.

A ceremonial cake-cutting was also held, featuring NAVSUP BSC's oldest and youngest employees present, employees with the most and fewest years of government service present, along with Heinrich and Newell.

NAVSUP BSC began as FMSO Jan. 15, 1962 under the command of Capt. I. F. Haddock. The command's original mission was to manage Navy-owned retail stocks of medical, general, and industrial materials bought and controlled by the newly established Defense Supply Agency. FMSO also coordinated efforts of inventory control points in the preparation of allowance and load lists for all supply support materials aboard ship and at overseas bases.

Over time, the mission evolved, and now, under the new name of NAVSUP Business Systems Center, the command is considered the Navy's premier tactical support information technology provider. NAVSUP BSC designs, develops, maintains, integrates, and implements world-class business systems for the Navy, Department of Defense, joint service, and other federal agencies."

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