NEWS | March 8, 2022

Navy Reserve Sailors Add Strategic Depth to NAVSUP’s Mission Sets in Europe

By Joseph Yanik, Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella

Navy Reserve Sailors assigned to Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella (NAVSUP FLCSI) provide essential support to the command’s logistics and supply mission sets by delivering combat readiness to Naval, Joint and Allied warfighters operating across the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) area of responsibility.

Some of FLCSI’s Navy Reserve Sailors leverage their experience at the command’s evolving operational site at Defense Munitions Crombie, Scotland, United Kingdom. Site Crombie is one of FLCSI's cooperative security locations strategically positioned to support NAVEUR-NAVAF, U.S. Sixth Fleet and Joint warfighters as they routinely conduct operations with High North Allies and Partners to ensure the region remains stable and free of conflict.

"Our Site Crombie team performs seamless door-to-door, last-tactical-mile delivery and re-supply services for the Fleet's growing demand signal in the High North, with a vision to ever-increasing end-to-end predictability and velocity for the warfighter," said Jeff Criger, FLCSI's supply chain director. "This approach, in turn, reduces supply chain delays and unnecessary storage and transportation costs for the Navy."

To accomplish the site's support role in the High North, FLCSI’s Navy Reserve Sailors and their active-duty and civilian counterparts perform customs clearance and logistics sustainment, while also managing the movement of cargo and mail to and from ships.

“In order to perform my job, I must possess a proficiency to operate equipment and understand all aspects of logistics specialist position,” said LS3 Achilles Konguep, a Navy Reserve Sailor assigned to Site Crombie.

At FLCSI’s other strategic locations in Europe, Navy Reserve Sailors provide fully integrated support in logistics functions, fleet mail center operations and contracting services.

"There's no aspect of our logistics and supply mission that we do not look to Reserve Sailors for support in some capacity," said Capt. Douglas MacKenzie, FLCSI's Commanding Officer. "Their invaluable expertise, experience and leadership add a strategic depth to how we provide critical support to the Fleet. We would not be able to do what we do without our Reserve Sailors and what they bring to our total force approach to our mission."

Since 1915, Navy Reserve Sailors have been providing operational capabilities to the Navy and Marine Corps teams by amplifying the U.S. Navy’s core capabilities and operations, which include forward presence, deterrence, sea control, power projection, maritime security, humanitarian assistance, and disaster response.

Reserve Sailors assigned at NAVSUP’s command in Europe ensure this tradition of service continues to the present.

FLCSI is one of NAVSUP's eight globally-positioned commands that provides for the full range of solutions for logistics, business and support services to the U.S. Naval, Joint, NATO and Allied Forces across 14 enduring and forward operating sites; forward contingency and cooperative security locations in 13 countries in Europe and Africa.