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Logistics support representatives: supporting fleet operations day in and day out: a perspective from Logistics Specialist second class Brandon Sierra.

On the NATO pier in Augusta Bay, Sicily, all cargo has been delivered. The high priority items being tracked prior to the ship's arrival finally made it on board. Food provisions have been replenished. The ship is fully stocked and ready for its upcoming voyage. Everything needed to complete her mission has been provided, and then some. The ship also took on four personal vehicles made possible by the Opportune Lift (OPLIFT) Program, which will be delivered once the ship reaches homeport back in the U.S. As the ship cruises past the break water and toward the open sea, I turn to the husbanding contractor with a smile, shake his hand as he says, "another successful port visit."

The Logistics Support Center (LSC) truly lives up to its name. Under the command of Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Sigonella, a component of Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), the LSC is responsible for facilitating the logistical needs of a ship as soon as it enters the 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR). A logistics support representative (LSR) will contact the ship and maintain a working relationship throughout its deployment in theater. These representatives are the eyes and ears of the ship's supply team on board. Their services include tracking mission essential parts "cradle-to-grave," ensuring proper routing and delivery of mail, coordinating pier services with the husbanding contractor, transporting transient personnel to and from the ship, and working with local national customs agents and brokers to expedite essential customs documentation. Additionally, they facilitate the OPLIFT program, offering customers a chance to ship personal vehicles at a fraction of commercial costs on board USNS vessels.

It is certainly no easy undertaking for the LSC. The Sixth Fleet AOR is not just limited to the Mediterranean. FISC Sigonella has LSCs as far north as Mildenhall in Great Britain and as far south as Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. The LSC stands ready to assist at a moment's notice, with the ability to communicate with contacts around the world to solve logistic dilemmas. In a sense, it is part of a global network of logistic experts working together to ensure the Navy's mission is carried out.

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A variety of tools and skills are used to carry out the daily requirements of the job, to include a number of cargo tracking databases and Web sites not readily available to ships at sea. Benefiting from an ever growing logistics network in the region, the LSC can adapt to any logistical requirement, ready for any situation and able to deliver resources efficiently, safely, and on time.

As I watch the replenishment ship sail over the horizon, I am mindful of my role in the future. FISC Sigonella's LSCs continue to be at the forefront of the dynamic and demanding world of Navy logistics. As an LSR, I and my colleagues at the LSC are dedicated to embracing the challenges of delivering logistical products and services to the fleet.
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Publication:Navy Supply Corps Newsletter
Date:Jul 1, 2010
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