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At the forefront of theater logistics support.

Whether operating across four time zones, on Middle East workweek, U.S. weekends, or through volcanic eruptions, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella provides operational logistics for combined, joint, ashore and fleet forces operating in the 5th and 6th Fleets, as well as Navy Region's Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia.

Established in March 2005 as the 7th Fleet Logistics Center in the NAVSUP and NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS) enterprise, NAVSUP FLC Sigonella boasts a dramatically diverse workforce of more than 650 personnel in eight countries. The provide support at 16 locations, ranging from expeditionary commands at U.S. Africa Command in the South, to enduring and contingency operations under U.S. Central Command in the East, to established bases and evolving partnerships in U.S. European Command.

As the logistics arm for Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia, and the face to the fleet, the coordinated efforts of the NAVSUP FLC Sigonella team support deployed units operating in harm's way, every day.

Strategically located at the heart of the Mediterranean, NAVSUP FLC Sigonella is the service provider of choice among forward-operating war fighters, and remains the cornerstone of the Navy's network as shore logistics integrator for the U.S. Naval Forces Europe, Africa, and Central Command (NAVEUR, NAVAF and NAVCENT). FLC Sigonella Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Gantt espoused, "We are leaders, and we have a job to do. Every day we are finding new ways to leverage the total force, the full scope of active duty and Navy Reserve component personnel, and civilian support, to assist the warfighter."

"We are continually aligning ourselves to match the strategic guidance which directs our Enterprise, and from E1 to O-6," Capt. Gantt added. "I expect excellence from all of you in our efforts to fulfill the Navy's expectations of us."


Recently, NAVSUP FLC Sigonella surged to support the fleet on numerous fronts, not only to sustain Navy units, but Air Force, Army and Marine forces. Sites located in Rota, Souda Bay and Sigonella all saw significant increases in cargo movement and refueling evolutions. On average, there was a 40 percent increase in the number of aircraft refueled and the amount of fuel issued as well as a significant increase in the movement of cargo around the theater.

NAVSUP FLC Sigonella's ongoing logistics support for humanitarian missions in Egypt and support missions in Libya during Operation ODYSSEY DAWN and NATO Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR, primed the organization for its ever-growing role to provide robust, contractual support to an exponential increase of platforms operating in the region.

A young Lieutenant from Boston; a 29 year U.S. civil service employee living in Bahrain; a native of Mumbai, India - these three seemingly unrelated individuals proved to be integral parts of a fast reaction Contracting Team that enabled the rapid repair of USS Porter (DDG 78) in August and September. During a scheduled deployment to the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR), Porter collided with the Panamanian-flagged and Japanese-owned bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan in the Strait of Hormuz. The collision left a gaping hole in the ship's starboard side, leading to extensive degradation of the ship's fire main and chill water systems. Unable to transit safely to Bahrain, Porter moored in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and surveyors from Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA) Detachment Bahrain began assessing the damage.

NAVSUP FLC Sigonella contracts organization (Code 200) rapidly responded to clean up efforts and subsequent repair requirements with immediate contracting support for Porter. Within 48 hours of the incident, Joyce Cartwright (NAVSUP FLC Sigonella, Site Bahrain) had deployed to Jebel Ali to coordinate contracting efforts between NAVSUP FLC and NSSA surveyors to expedite ship repairs and to facilitate exchanges between Emirati contractors and the U.S. Navy. Lt. Trevor Skelly (NAVSUP FLC Sigonella, Site Naples) was assigned to award and administer ship repair contracts and was aided with technical assistance and local market research from Ganesh Swaminathan, Site Bahrain.

The team's first order of business was to award a contract for debris removal, a feat they accomplished within 24 hours of receiving the request. Because the extent of the damage was unknown until after debris removal, the team worked with the Code 200 nucleus back in Naples to unveil a nearly instantaneous, non-traditional contracting approach that enabled contractors to immediately begin working to repair the ship until a formal contract with traditional work specifications could be issued.

In addition to the repair work, Porter required shore power and office space for NSSA surveyors, Naval Seas Systems Command (NAVSEA) personnel, and many others. Contracting efforts for all levels of support totaled $1.8 million, and were executed in a synchronized fashion by the Bahrain and Naples teams over the course of four weeks.

Deputy Director of Contracts, Jennifer Townsend observed, "NAVSUP FLC Sigonella's seven offices support three COCOMs, three continents, and two Fleet Commanders," she said. "Our large geographic presence gives us a unique capability within the region to exercise rapid contracting support to meet emergent operational requirements in both the 5th and 6th Fleet AORs." For Lt. Skelly, Swaminathan, and Cartwright, the unfortunate collision created a squad of an unlikely composition, whose performance as a rapid reaction team was a key enabler in Porter's return to fleet operations.

Downrange at NAVSUP FLC Sigonella, Site Bahrain, postal operations continue to maintain a brisk pace even as operations in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down. The almost constant presence of two Carrier Strike Groups (CSG), an Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) and the addition of four Coastal Patrol Craft, four Mine Counter Measure ships and the Afloat Forward Staging Base USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15), keep the Fleet Mail Center bustling as they moved more than 5 million pounds of mail in 2012. They are also preparing mail for movement down range to Djibouti for units transiting or operating in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and across eastern Africa. Since assuming supply operations of Camp Lemonnier in 2008, NAVSUP FLC Sigonella has been refining its services to stabilize this key location in Africa. Total mail volume processed by the Djibouti postal team exceeded 800,000 pounds in 2012.

With ongoing tensions in the region, NAVSUP FLC Sigonella, Site Souda Bay has been operating at capacity since September 12, experiencing an influx of forces currently supporting missions in the 5th and 6th fleet AORs.

Site Souda Bay is a 32-person work force composed of military, U.S. and Greek nationals who find themselves once again in a strategic center for providing critical logistical support to forces operating in two AORs. As is common for site directors at each of the NAVSUP FLC Sigonella sites, Souda Bay personnel don two hats as both the representative for the NAVSUP FLC Sigonella product and services as well as filling the role for installation supply requirements, supporting both the Fleet and their respective installations. In their role of installation supply support, NAVSUP FLC Sigonella, Site Souda Bay has been working with their Air Force, Marine, and Navy counterparts to address all logistical challenges for real-world missions. This support includes coordination for procurement of critical material through various sources (DRMO, installation, local procurement) on short notice while meeting the different work requirements for each service component.

The galley has also surged via contract modification to extend work hours to address increased food production, longer meal hours for the larger base population and support personnel working around the clock.

Aviation fueling support requirements also presented a unique challenge due to the differing requirements between Air Force and Navy aircraft; however, working with the Hellenic Air Force, Site Souda effected an agreement that utilizes Greek fueling assets to complement and provide surge support to NAVSUP FLC Sigonella contractors, military and civilian workforce. This collaboration bolstered ties between the two military organizations and enhanced our capability to support the warfighter. The Material Maintenance Control Officer of one of the supported units described the service as "the best support I've ever had in the 24 years I've been in the business. Souda Bay does it all and does it extremely well."

NAVSUP FLC Sigonella Site Rota's Logistics Support Center (LSC) has also played a critical role in supporting real world operations, offloading USMC Task Force Rota cargo and gear from USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43). The LSC's expeditious offload of 33 pallets of Africa Partnership Station (APS) material, eight High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWVs), two Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs), three MTVRs (MRAP type vehicles), 12 trailers, one generator, and 17 containers allowed Fort McHenry to meet additional urgent taskings.

While supporting operations in 6th Fleet AOR, Site Rota has also been busy with C2 for intermodal operations, coordinating and planning with DLA Rota, NAVFAC Rota, 82nd Airborne, Theater Aviation Sustainment Manager-Europe (TASM-E), NAVSTA Rota Port Operations, Military Police, Firemen, and contractors to facilitate movements of Army units to and from Afghanistan. Rota and her partners recently completed the ground transportation of cargo from the Rota airfield to Pier 1 (2.8 miles) in support of U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division's re-deployment to CONUS. Rota provided transportation support including Material handling Equipment (MHE) to move 384 pieces of cargo, including: 34 aircraft (primarily Apaches and Blackhawks, along with three Ospreys) and 2.5 million pounds of cargo composed of 350 Tricons (3 Tricons equal one 20-foot container) and Quadcons (four Quadcons equal one, 20-foot container) along with associated break bulk cargo.

Just as busy as the rest of the sites, NAVSUP FLC Sigonella has provided logistical support for non-organic forces that arrived with no notice. In a 48-hour time frame, NAVSUP FLC Sigonella personnel augmented NAS Sigonella assisting with bed down support for more than 800 personnel; sourced their vehicle requirements; coordinated with DLA Troop Support to procure MRE's and bottled water to support forces operating in the AFRICOM AOR, including the U.S. Embassy in Libya; while providing man-power to augment galley operations that were expanded to include serving midnight rations (MIDRATS).

As operations turned to sustainment, so did the LSC. They expeditiously arranged transient warehouse space, distributed bottled water, procured Class II material, and augmented MHE requirements. In addition, Sigonella fuels operations surged to support the mission essential refueling requirements of 1.28 gallons issued in JP-5, Diesel, and AVGAS since the arrival of the non-organic forces.

"The sudden surge in operational support has provided our team the opportunity to showcase their talents and willingness to go above and beyond to meet mission requirements regardless of the circumstance or advance notification," said Lt Rudy Mason, FLC Sigonella.

Of course, even with this surge, normal requirements still had to be met and that means delivering more than 126,000 pounds of mail, cargo, and provisions to four visiting units, as well as support to the more than 3,000 people living and working at NAS Sigonella.

"Operations during the past 18 months have clearly proven why Sigonella is known as the 'Hub of the Med,' and why this installation will remain relevant for many years to come," Capt. Gantt explained. "It's the total scope of our standards that drive us at the end of the day. We learn from our experiences, and grow a team that is capable of exerting robust logistical support that enables U.S. Forces to maintain a strong influence in the Region.

"Within a battle space of nearly 30 million square miles, beset with the most volatile regions and five geographic choke points, this capability has become invaluable," he added. "NAVSUP FLC Sigonella's proactive engagement with logisticians from across the AORs has produced measureable, best value operational logistics and transportation support and has made a significant contribution to national defense readiness."


NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella, the newest of seven fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), provides operational logistics, business, and support services to fleet, shore, and industrial commands of the Navy, Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, as well as other Joint and Allied Forces. Located on Naval Air Station Sigonella, on the island of Sicily, Italy, NAVSUP FLC Sigonella is a tenant command under our headquarters NAVSUP FLC Sigonella, Italy, and NAVSUP GLS, San Diego. Its ongoing support includes 11 regional stations, 10 homeported ships, and naval forces deployed to the 5th and 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

This year's ongoing successes include ...

* Around the clock aircraft and ship refueling support, including 100 ship refuelings, and more than 6,200 aircraft refuelings with 8.5 million gallons of F-76, over 42 million gallons of JP-8, and 16 million gallons of JP-5.

* An engaged Logistics Support Center, which has processed more than 36 million pounds of surface cargo for forward deployed unit operating in the AOR.

* OCONUS and downrange Postal excellence ... 3.6 million pounds of mail processed for the fleet and installation personnel, with $1 million dollars in postal sales, while conducting Postal Assist Visits and postal Officer training across the European and Africa theaters.

* Continuous household goods and Personally Owned Vehicle (POV) shipments to the U.S. and the European theater, including 10,000 household goods shipments and 2,000 (POV) shipments successfully conducted.

Other regional and contingency support given includes ...

* More than 20,000 customs clearances for incoming shipments into the region.

* Contracting and contingency support, with more than 1,200 contracts awarded, in excess of $59.4 million dollars in large contracts, $23.1 in SAP contracts, and $1,200 dollars in contingency contracts.

By Lt. Patrick Amundson

NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella Corporate Communications Officer
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Author:Amundson, Patrick
Publication:Navy Supply Corps Newsletter
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Date:Nov 1, 2012
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