By Candice Villarreal, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Personnel assigned to NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego received special recognition for their efforts in winning a prestigious fuel terminal award aboard Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, June 4.
Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Mosher met with command fuels personnel to deliver the trophy that accompanied the 2013 American Petroleum Institute (API) Outstanding Bulk Fuel Terminal Award, awarded to recognize Defense Fuel Support Point - Point Loma as the activity that made the most significant contributions to the Department of the Navy in fuel operations, petroleum supply chain management, and fleet fuel support.
"To have a fuel terminal undergoing a $195 million military construction project while meeting all mission requirements - under an aggressive workload - speaks volumes about the caliber of personnel we have on the job," said Mosher.
NAVSUP FLC San Diego won not only for the bulk fuel terminal category, but also for their over-the-horizon Navy retail fuel activity at Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon. To wrap up their award trifecta, Stephen Isaacson of their NAS Fallon was named Navy Fuel Civilian of the Year.
"From Point Loma in San Diego to Mr. Isaacson in Nevada, they keep warfighter support, safety and environmental responsibility as their top priorities in all they do," said Mosher. "It's their dedication that won us these awards."
The API - an internationally recognized petroleum trade organization - announces winners for excellence in fuel management and outstanding performance each year.
"The award really came as a great surprise; a long overdue surprise," said Southwest Regional Fuels Director Stephen Frey. "We're elated that we got this recognition; it means a lot to us and we're very proud of the prestige that comes with it."
Lt. Cmdr. Rick Collazos, regional fuels officer, echoed Frey's sentiments.
"The last time we won the bulk terminal award was in 1993, so it's great to bring it home," said Collazos. "We won this over a period of performance that handed us nonstop challenges, between the construction projects, the facility transitions, the tank closures and learning new systems while still maintaining a high operational tempo."
The NAVSUP FLC San Diego team successfully met all customer requirements on time and on specification to aid in their receipt of the awards, processing more than 162 million gallons of petroleum products in support of the warfighter; all with zero spills.
The bulk fuel terminal also underwent a multi-million dollar construction project with zero days lost due to accidents and is slated to be the first Department of Defense operation of its kind to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for its groundbreaking efforts in green initiatives and environmental responsibility.
"We just went to work every day doing what we needed to do to support the warfighter, no matter what we had on our plate," said Collazos. "We knew we needed to keep providing these critical services to the fleet, and so we took it head on and made it happen."
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego, one of eight fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support, provides global logistics, business and support services to fleet, shore and industrial commands of the Navy, Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and other joint and allied Forces. Services include contracting, regional transportation, fuel, material management, household goods movement support, postal and consolidated mail, warehousing, global logistics and husbanding, hazardous material management, and integrated logistics support.
NAVSUP GLS comprises more than 5,700 military and civilian logistics professionals, contractors and foreign nationals operating as a single cohesive team providing global logistics services from 110 locations worldwide.
A component of the Naval Supply Systems Command headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pa., NAVSUP GLS is part of a worldwide logistics network of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel providing combat capability through logistics.