The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers’ task force is to provide readiness, capability, and capability through Innovate for the next fleet, build an affordable fleet for tomorrow, and Supporting today’s fleet.
The Warfare Center’s 10 Division – One Team mindset is focused on fleet and warfighter mission success by providing efficient logistics – i.e. support to fleet systems, which are operated and maintained by the fighter.
The Warfare Center Logistics Community of Practice (WFC Log CoP)* recently met as the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) hosted the in-person meeting, April 5-7.
Each War Center previously rotated to host this event, but due to the health climate, this was the first in-person WFC Log CoP in two and a half years (September 2019).
Peter Halvorson, Lifecycle Logistics Competency Manager and Deputy E50 Division Manager for NSWC PCD, explained why Florida’s begging has become the restart line.
“Panama City last hosted this event in February 2016 and since [2019’s face-to-face] we had a lot of turnover in the members of each activity. As one of the oldest statesmen in the group, if you will, it just seemed logical to help revive it by hosting this face-to-face event,” Halvorson said. “Although the Logistics CoP meets monthly via Microsoft Teams, there is so much more to learn and share when you are together as a team and are able to have real-time conversations and interact without the (often) embarrassing blockage of technology.”
The goal of this event was to bring together logistics leaders from each warfare center to share best practices, lessons learned, and collaborate on ways to improve overall logistics proficiency across the One Team enterprise. added Halvorson.
Among many key topics, the group discussed integrated product support reviews, battle damage assessments, table-top exercises (TTx), and the current state of the industrial supply base. In addition, each participating activity contributed a “Getting to Know You” briefing so that other participants could learn more about each other’s logistics organizations, their respective capabilities, and any unique logistics-related initiatives that might be of value. or benefit other war centers.
“In addition to formal introductions, there’s a lot to learn from each other via sidebar conversations during breaks, group lunches, social events, and other informal interactions where you have the chance to. learn a lot about your peers at the other War Centers,” Halvorson said. of us have only seen each other virtually or listened via conference calls, but have not met or interacted with each other personally.
The tour also included a tour of several NSWC PCD activities such as Landing Craft Air Cushion Installation, SEAL/MK 18 Delivery Vehicle Lab, MCM Mine Countermeasures Lab/ Littoral Combat Ship and the Hydrospace Laboratory.
“The tour was informative…led by their Technical Experts (SMEs) and our group learned a lot about Panama City from the NSWC,” said Capt. Charles Tellis, Chief Logistician at NAVSEA Warfare Center Headquarters. “The technical SMEs were appreciated, as they facilitated very good discussions. The group enjoyed the visit and discussions with the Panama City team.
Halvorson echoed Tellis’ sentiment and said the collaborative environment established and reinforced a sense of community.
“I wanted our participants to come away with a sense of community within the competency and a general willingness to work together and help each other grow and advance lifecycle logistics as a functional area. One team!” said Halvorson. “Now that we’ve restarted face-to-face meetings with this one in Panama City, they should resume every six months. Our next one is tentatively scheduled for later this fall.
* The WFC Log CoP provides a forum for Senior Logisticians, representing each of the Warfare Centers, to promote and support the Life Cycle Logistics Strategic Plan, support on-time delivery of ships and submarines, enable a culture affordability and strengthen the War Center team providing the backbone to build and shape a next-generation product support and logistics workforce.
WFC L CoP members present:
Joshua Erlien (NSWC Crane)
Michael Carothers (Naval Sea Logistics Center)
Brian Banks (CDSN Crane)
Tiffany German (NSWC Crane)
Robert Fried (NSWC IHD, Picatinny Det)
Michele Burk (NUWC Keyport)
Bill Carlson (NUWC keyport, DTD)
Regina Dansbee (NUWC keyport)
Caeleigh Villarreal (NUWC key port)
CAPT Charles Tellis (NSDC HQ)
Tim Carpenter (NSWC Port Hueneme)
Cal Bostick (NSWC IHD, Picatinny Det)
Amber Haugh (NSWC Port Hueneme)
John Nelson (NSWC IHD)
Robert Thomas (NSWC IHD, Picatinny Det)
Peter Halvorson (CDSN PCD, E50)