By Paula Dunn, NAVSUP GLS Corporate Communication
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Navy Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support (NAVSUP GLS) showcased the world-class logistics capabilities of the U.S. Navy to students from University of Pennsylvania Wharton School at various Navy facilities in San Diego Nov. 9.
"We are honored that one of the best business schools in the world looked to the Navy to learn about excellence in logistics operations," said Rear. Adm. James McNeal, commander NAVSUP GLS. "NAVSUP GLS provides global logistics for a global Navy. Our operating arena is vast, dynamic and can change on short notice based on needs of the fleet. As we say, the sun never sets on our enterprise."
The students spent all day with the Navy visiting supply and logistics organizations at Naval Air Station Coronado, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and at the Point Loma Naval Base Old Town Complex. The day's activities included briefs by the supply department of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and Naval Special Warfare Group 1 Logistics Support Unit (LOGSU-1). The students were also given a 3-D parts printing demonstration at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Systems Center Pacific.
"Manufacturing and service producing firms are re-examining the structure of their global supply chains, internal processes and sourcing strategy in response to the uncertainties and risks they face in these turbulent times," said Wharton Professor of Manufacturing and Logistics, Morris Cohen, "We came to the Navy because by nature of their business to operate around the world, always remaining ready for any contingency. I knew their logistics, maintenance and fleet support processes would be world-class and provide great value to our students."
The Navy tours and discussions were for Masters of Business Administration (MBA) candidates at Wharton West as part of a course on evolving operations strategies for sourcing manufacturing, distributing products and delivering services with a focus on enhancing quality, productivity and flexibility. During the course, students toured various companies and organizations in the U.S. and Mexico including Google, Costco, Boeing and Amazon.
"The students were engaged and asked great questions. I believe they left with a heightened awareness and respect for the unique challenges facing our Navy's logisticians." said McNeal.
NAVSUP GLS provides global logistics for a global Navy. The organization is made up of more than 6,500 military and civilian logistics professionals operating from 105 locations worldwide providing an extensive array of integrated global logistics and contracting services to Navy, Marine Corps, joint operational units and allied forces across all warfare enterprises.